I've been pushing myself pretty hard. But I've been stuck on a plateau for the last three weeks. I'm fairly certain it's because I've been eating more. My workouts are consistent, though I've lasped into a questionable pattern of working out hard for 8+ days then taking two days off. (or a day an a half, since I've managed to get a walk in the second day off twice now)
There's been a lot of stress from changing schedules, new environments, etc. So it's less that I'm concerned about my holding pattern and more than I'm wondering a lot if I should be more concerned. *laughs* Figure that one out.
I think I've been fighting off a virus too, which obviously doesn't help matters. I feel good that I've come far enough I can actually pay attention and listen to my body when it says that it doesn't feel good rather than being harsh or judgmental about needing to take a day off.
The trick is ... as always ... to make sure that one or two days off doesn't turn into a week or more. This is the major reason why I set up my mud running schedule the way I did. I've got 12 weeks still until Tough Mudder. But I've only got five weeks until Spartan Sprint.
It's moving on to spring here and I'm looking forward to that and the reemergence of the farmer's markets. This summer is going to be filled with more vegetables, fruits, and good food. (oh, memo to me - save a few plastic bins from the spinach you buy so you have something to put your FM spinach and other leafy stuff into) I've also got plans to knock out part of the back garden and plant some veggies.
Last night I was flipping through Netflix for something to watch and stumbled across Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It was a rather fascinating story about an Australian man who had an autoimmune disease and was overweight. (partially due to the steroids he had to take) Joe went on a 60 day juice fast where he used a juicer and ate nothing but fruits and vegetables in juice form for 60 days.
I've done a three day juice fast, though it was more processed juice than straight from a juicer because at the time I couldn't afford one. I could probably buy a juicer now, but there's an issue of space in the kitchen for it and space in the fridge for the vast amount of fresh fruits and veggies required.
*grins* Plus ... I'm not all that interested in giving up caffeine.
What are your thoughts on things like juice fasts? Do you think it's just BS hype? Or do you think it can be beneficial for our bodies to have a "reboot" (as they call it in FSND) to kind of jumpstart a healing process or weight loss journey?
FP - Plateaus, Motivation, and Jucing
March 20th, 2012