girlsgobeastmodetoo asked: Good morning! Just wanted to stop by and say that I really love your blog! It helps motivate me and keep my focus on getting healthy and strong, not just skinny. I'm 5'3", 128 lbs and although I don't really have a lot of weight to lose, I want to seriously tone up. I eat clean, workout almost daily for at least an hour but I feel like I'm not getting the results I should be. Any suggestions?
Hi Beastmode! Thanks for following. Love your comment about getting not just skinny but healthy & strong. That’s a really important distinction that a lot of people miss. Sounds like you’ve hit a plateau in your training. Doing the same exercises over time results in diminishing gains - you see progress right away but after a while, the progress slows & then eventually stops coming. That simply means that your body has adapted to the exercises you’re doing & is no longer being challenged. In that case, you need to stop doing your usual workout & change your exercises so that your body is challenged again & needs to re-adapt. It’s not just about spending an hour at the gym. It’s more important what you do with that time, how intensely you workout & how varied your workouts are. I don’t know your current routine but taking some different fitness classes, adding cardio or strength training, increasing your intensity level, taking fewer breaks, even hiring a personal trainer could help. Keep in mind that shorter, more intense workouts are more effective than longer, less intense workouts. Eating clean is important as well but if you’re not seeing results, I would suggest dropping your daily caloric intake by 300-400. See where that takes you in 6-8 weeks and then re-evaluate your exercise & diet plans. Hope this helps. Keep up the motivation & stay healthy!