I've been stalled out with my progress for a while. I guess it took a "duh" moment for me to realize what's going on.
Since Ryan started eating clean with me, I lost a little. At first I was like, "Yay me!"
And then it stalled out again.
So I was left scratching my head. I thought, "I'll just keep going because I know this works. I'm doing everything just like when I was losing...."
No, seriously.... I wasn't.
In August, I went from working out twice a week for two hours at a time to maybe two to three hours total a week. I decided to give up my Monday night workouts to pursue a teaching job on Tuesday nights. Unfortunately I wasn't pushing myself as hard on Tuesday nights. Since it was a start up class, there were a couple of weeks I had no one. So I just didn't work out and went on....
One of the things I enjoy most about Zumba® is the different styles each instructor brings. One of my regular instructors teaches on Monday nights so I hardly got to see her. Her style of teaching challenged me in different ways and worked different muscle groups.
Guess what happened?
When I didn't dance with her, I lost that toning, calorie burn, and overall fitness level.
Last night I went back to a Monday night class and it totally kicked my booty! I struggled because my body was out of the habit of working out. It's one thing teaching a class with songs you're physically comfortable with. It's totally different being challenged by some that you aren't familiar with.
I never imagined I had lost so much physical fitness in that time. But then I was all like, "Well, duh...."
I woke up sore, but fabulously happy!
I finally feel like I figured out why I was going backwards. It was the simplest thing...something I should have noticed sooner. I think I've been so wrapped up in being busy that I overlooked it. Now it's time to get back on track!