It's Week 12 of the Do or Do Not Challenge. Congrats to those who've made it through the first three months. Only one month to go -- one month until shorts/swimsuit weather is upon us! Yikes! Don't give up now! Now is the time to buckle down and get serious. Then, we can be the ones who are more comfortable than we've been in a long time when it comes time to bare more skin. Are you ready for this week's challenges?
1. Totally change up your routine this week. I read on the Apex (bodybugg) website that, in order to avoid the dreaded plateau, you should take at least 7 days off your regular workout routine every 12 weeks. Now, I'm a little too scared to take a week completely off, but I am willing to change things up.
If you’ve been at this for a while, it’s time to consider switching things up. Instead of the treadmill, try the stationary bike. Skip the elliptical workout and head to a spin bike class. If you have access to an indoor pool (or you’re lucky enough to live where it’s warm enough to swim outside already), try swimming laps for your workout. Got a favorite workout DVD? Trade it to a friend for her favorite for a couple of weeks.
Remember: If your routine has become routine to you, it’s become routine to your body, too, which means your body isn’t working as hard or as effectively as it could be.
2. Encourage someone via email or phone this week. You're working hard to lose weight, so you know how difficult it can be to stay committed and focused. Even the most dedicated among us still have discouraging weeks or those moments when we really just don't want to workout on a given day...or a given week.
You also know how a simple act of encouragement from a friend or family member can give you a whole new perspective. I bet, if you take a minute to send that email or make that phone call, you'll find that you've encouraged yourself, as well...and I can practically guarantee that your friend will appreciate it.
So, there you have it – your Week 12 challenges. Remember this is your time: Do or do not; there is no try!