Have you ever hit a rut and got stuck with your body composition, health or fitness progress? Unless you’re literally just starting out with your own journey, then I can probably get away with saying we have all been there. I know I sure have! In fact, knowing how to break through a plateau is one of the key parts to success in anything.

You must learn to recognise when you hit a plateau and take action to switch it up. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting results right? That’s what my task was from Fitness First this month, to participate in a week of “Switch it Up”. I had the pleasure of connecting with super fit, gorgeous mum Renee from Belle Amie Mother of Three (yes three!) and swapping a workout to try as well as a yummy recipe.

It couldn’t have come at a better time, because here is something I realised this week. I’ve been in somewhat of a rut since the beginning of the year in regards to my focus on my nutrition and fitness. A plateau even. I’ve been going through the motions a bit lacklustre since January, despite in my mind having set some strong goals for this year for both my training and my nutrition. It’s not to say I haven’t made any progress or the past three months have been a waste by any means!

I’ve also been super busy working hard behind the scenes here to bring you the new ZOMT Members program (coming very soon, you can pre-register here) which is so exciting for me as it’s what you keep asking me for and I can’t wait for it to launch! However, with all this focus on other areas in my life – my nutrition and training has not been as high up on my usual priority list.

My goal for the first half of this year was to get the abs leaned out again and improve my fitness overall. Neither has really happened and I can only blame myself. I haven’t been my usual 100% committed self which meant that when things got a bit busy or my routine was forced to changed, I didn’t stick to things that well. It’s even taken me this long to realise because I’ve been so caught up in everything else.

Where does that leave me? Well, last weekend whilst we were on the Gold Coast (swimming in an amazing salt water pool with FISH in it at the Marriott hotel), I came to this realisation that I can’t expect to get the results I am aiming for in my head if I don’t actually stay focused on them and do the work. I kept starting over again and made weak promises to myself that I would refocus this time. Never happened! It was unrealistic to try and achieve things when I was spreading myself across numerous areas of my life, pushing hard to achieve elsewhere.

What it does mean is that it was the perfect time for me to stop, take a breath and switch it up! Starting with Renee’s super fun and dynamic training sessions, which are a little different to my usual style. I really enjoyed her training program, and am always impressed with any mum that makes the time to stay fit and healthy for herself and her family. Renee does this training with kids in tow, so I almost felt like I was cheating when I did it by myself at the gym! So as we near the end of the first quarter of 2014, ask yourself –

Have I hit a plateau? Is it time for me to switch it up?!

I say yes! Give Renee’s training program a try for a week and see how doing something new refreshes how you feel, energises you and make you assess where your focus is. It’s near impossible to go through the motions when you’re in unknown territory. Trying something new is step one for how to break through a plateau.

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Me after collapsed on the gym floor completing Monday’s training session!

Day & Program Exercise Reps / Sets
MON: Strength + Endurance A1 Push Ups 4×10
Complete 4 rounds A2 Box Jumps 4×15
A3 Squats 4×20
A4 Sit Ups 4×30
A5 Run 4x200m
TUE: Anaerobic Sprints A1 Beep Test (aim for progress each week)
B1 Run 3kms Sprint/jog between light post
WED: Moderate Intensity A1 Weighted Lunges 5×20
Complete 5 rounds A2 Starjumps 5×50
A3 Run 5x200m
THU: Split Training A1 Weighted Squats 5×5
Complete 5 rounds of each A2 Weighted Lunges 5×5
B1 Kettle Bell Swings 5×10
B2 Burpees 5×10
FRI: Aerobic Endurance Run/cycle 30 mins
SAT: Activity something active with the kids!
SUN: Recovery rest (WHEW!)

I also am switching up my nutrition and training general. I’m changing my training schedule from mornings to evenings. I’m eating all my carbs at night (the blasphemy!)  and going back to my favourite meat + nut breakfast. I am making sure I am focused in the gym 200%. I’m even doing some running! I also gave myself a week off meal prep because I was travelling over the weekend and was feeling a bit stale with it all. Enjoyed my Easy Eating meals immensely as usual … tempting to order them again …

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Thai Beef Salad from Easy Eating. A party in my mouth with all that fresh ginger and chilli, so tasty!

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My trusty cinnamon pepper chicken + walnuts for brekkie this week. NOMS.

Speaking of food, Renee also shared her yummy Super Mum Protein Balls recipe. I made them today and couldn’t help myself … I added a few more things in! So this is my version of her recipe, I love the idea of using LSA as the base, I only have the ground flaxseed though so just used that.

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Chocolate PB Flaxseed Slice

Ingredients
PB flaxseed base
2 tbsp Mayver’s Peanut Coconut Butter
3 tbsp Coconut oil
1 sachet of French Vanilla Complete powder
30g Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp peanut butter flour
1 cup ground flaxseed (or LSA)
2-4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
Raw chocolate topping
3 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp raw cacao
A few drops of stevia to sweeten (optional)

Method

  1. Pop all base ingredients in a bowl, mix it up, add a few tablespoons of almond milk to make it moist.
  2. Press the mixture into a plastic wrap lined container and set aside in the freezer.
  3. Mix up the raw chocolate topping, and pour over the top of the base. Pop back into the freezer to set completely.
  4. Slice and enjoy! Store in the fridge or freezer.

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