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I got very lost on my run this morning!  Luckily, I used the navigation feature on my Garmin 305 to find my way back, but I still ended up running an extra mile.

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Normally, that wouldn’t be that big of a deal (actually, it would be a pleasant bonus), but I had ran the first three miles at a pretty fast pace.  My goal was to run each mile under 9:00.  When I realized I had another mile (uphill) to go, I groaned.

 

Here’s my statistics:

 

  • Distance: 4.0 miles
  • Duration: 36:58
  • Mile 1: 8:52
  • Mile 2: 8:58
  • Mile 3: 9:03
  • Mile 4: 10:06

 

Mile 3 was really rough.  I was struggling to keep up and my quads were burning.  I’m having trouble balancing my desires to get faster and regain some of my intense cardio endurance with my No More Trouble Zones goal.  My quads seem to be constantly sore, no matter how I modify my training schedule.

 

I reminded myself during Mile 3 that I’ve ran further – much further – before at a similar pace or faster.  During marathon training, I ran 17.0 miles with an average pace of 9:27, hitting 9:17 in the last mile.  Dude, how did I do that?!

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I think my physical fitness peaked in January for the marathon, stayed static during Olympic Triathlon training, and then began to dip during the 100-mile bike ride training.  Once I got busy with the move, it seems like I crashed and burned (relatively speaking, of course).  It’s not that I think riding a 100 miles is easy (NOT AT ALL), it just didn’t maintain my ability to do intense cardio.

 

I’m trying not to get discouraged about my dip in fitness and focus on doing the best I can right now.  It’s natural, of course, for your fitness levels to change over time – you can’t always be going up!  Life happens. 

 

BUT – I need to find a way to get over the hump – I feel a little stuck at my current level.  I know I have it in me to be faster and run longer without feeling as winded, but I’m struggling to find it.  No matter what I do each week; it just doesn’t get “easier,” and I’ve never encountered this problem.  Any tips?

 

Post-run Green Monster:

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In my cup:  1 cup hemp milk, 1/2 a banana, 2 cups spinach.  Delicious.

 

Guess who came to see me this weekend? MY MOM! 

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Haha – she was embarrassed because she was messy and sweaty.  :) The Husband is going out of town this weekend, so my mom drove the four hours to come keep me company.  I’m so excited to see her… even if she’s hiding behind a towel!

 

We walked to lunch and grabbed sandwiches and a salad from the Laurel Market.  Although there’s tons of fun things to try, I felt compelled to get the same wrap as last time:  the LULU, which is a hummus and tabbouleh sammie!

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My plate:

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I also got a spinach salad, which I subbed in plain Athenos feta cheese.  This salad combo (raisins, sunflower seeds, feta, onions, and carrots with poppy seed dressing) was SO amazing.

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Coincidentally, I’ve got a fun Athenos giveaway for you!  One reader will win the following: ATHENOS Feta coupon; ATHENOS Feta “Shape Up Your Salad” recipe booklet; ATHENOS Feta water bottle; Life Time Fitness 1-month membership; Fit & Fresh salad container; and a Built NY lunch bag.  I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.

To enter, simply answer ONE of the following questions in the comments section:

 

  • If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it?

 

  • On your journey to becoming a healthier and more balanced eater, did you ever hit a “turning point” where good habits became more natural?  What kind of healthy swaps did you begin to make?

 

Good luck!  :)

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  • Jessica July 9, 2010, 3:18 pm

    When I am trying to get over a fitness hump I just tell myself, “This too shall pass” and I am able to keep on keeping on! Way to go!

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  • molly July 9, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I LOVE YOU BLOG!! I can’t wait for your book!!! I am actually in a fitness slump at the moment. I am a swimmer turned runner. I peaked doing a half-marathon at super fast pace, but my love seems to have been squashed because of over training. I wanted to find the joy in doing smaller distances again! (Not running for hours) SO I decided to start swimming again and make a new fitness goal of swimming 100 miles this summer–I am at 50 miles in 30 day..only 50 more to go!! I love to change it up!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:38 am

      Thank you for being supportive of the book!

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  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 9, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Hummus and tabouleh? I’d get that every single time!!

    When I need to get over a hump I remind myself of everyhting I have accomplished and everything I still want to do. That usually gives me the buttkick I need.

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  • Skinny Sushi July 9, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I change my workout schedule/routine every month. Last month it was a month-o-Jillian, this month it’s NYC Ballet & Pilates, and next month I think I’ll try P90X. It keeps me from getting bored and helps me figure out what areas need work. And Jillian KILLED me for the whole month. KILLED.

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  • Megan July 9, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I get over fitness humps by listening to my favorite upbeat songs on my iPod. If that doesn’t work, I turn the volume up (but not too loud where I can’t hear things around me) and focus only on the music.

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I definitely use events to motivate myself and get over the hump. I am in a slump right now since running a ten mile race in May. I’ve signed myself up for some awesome events that I’ll start training for soon–that should get me over the hump FAST!! Have a great weekend with your mom!

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  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 9, 2010, 3:24 pm

    starting to read all of these lovely blogs is what tipped me into my routine healthy eating. It was so easy when you knew lots of people were doing it and succeeding, plus it was easier to find new and delicious meals

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  • Callie July 9, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I think I am FINALLY hitting my turning point. Bad food choices have started to gross me out. I’m finding ways to eat healthier and stay active every day. I’ve never felt so good! The only way to get over a hump is KEEP GOING. You’ll get there!

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  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I swapped from processed “health” foods to natural, real foods.

    There’s nothing healthy about low cal yoghurt with aspertame. There’s nothing healthy about fat free cookies.

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  • Ashley (whole-ier) July 9, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I’m trying to get through my fitness hump as we speak. I’ve been training for a 1/2 marathon. I should be up to 7 miles now but this week I haven’t been able to run past 3. I’m super frustrated with it all. I plan on changing my thoughts and not mentioning my “failures” again (starting now). All day I’ve been saying to myself “today I will run far and feel strong.”

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:41 am

      Can’t forget the power of positivity! You can do it!

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    • Jen July 29, 2010, 12:49 pm

      I can totally relate!!! I just ran my first 1/2 marathon at the end of June and encountered the same problem in my training. A friend suggested running for time instead of distance. This really worked for me… I added on 5-10 minutes to the long runs and soon enough I was busting out 10 mile runs!! 5-10 min longer just feels more doable than 1-2 miles farther : ) Good luck!!

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      • Ashley (whole-ier) July 29, 2010, 2:02 pm

        Thanks for that tip. That is a really great idea. I’ll test it on my long run this weekend.

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  • NySoonerGirl July 9, 2010, 3:24 pm

    My turning point came when I realized how I ate directly impacted how I feel. It makes it a lot easier to eat more veggies when I remember how it makes me feel!

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  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 9, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Whenever I’m feeling defeated or struggling to achieve my goal, I remind myself of the progress I already made. I’m doing things today that I thought would be impossible a year ago! Just know that you’re going to get back to where you were, fitnessly speaking, and keep reminding yourself of that!

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  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 9, 2010, 3:25 pm

    the best thing i did was change it up…so when i hit a hump in running, i started cycling and taking step classes instead, and vice versa. have fun with your mom!

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  • Sarah for Real July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Dang you are making us work for it today, tough questions!

    Hmm… I think every workout is a fitness hump for me these days, haha. I’m still working on getting into a regular running schedule and setting some goals, which is new to me and pretty difficult! I fear that setting goals is only setting myself up for stress and failure. Right now I’m just having fun with each random workout but I know that will get old pretty quickly and I’ll lose motivation.

    So… that doesn’t quite answer your question or give you any helpful tips but I hope it enters me in the giveaway! I thought hard about this one, haha.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:43 am

      But I think you’ve got the most important element: having fun. That’s key.

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  • Juliene July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    This post was so fitting today, I have been in a slump for a month now. I felt like I was doing well because I was running much more than I had in the past but at the same time I let everything else slip(strength training and cross training). To help pull me out of the slump I enlisted the hubby to come to the gym with me and go on runs with me. He always pushes me a little further and faster. I love it.

    Hope you get over your hump too!

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  • Sara July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I got over my ‘hump’ by soliciting a fitness training buddy….my hubby! He helped push further and harder towards my goals!

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  • Kimberly July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I think a huge turning point for me was when I realized that my yogurt had high fructose corn syrup in it. Yogurt is supposed to be healthy, and here it had something gross. I started to think about what I want to put in my body – things that taste good to me or things that are just good to me.

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  • Jae July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I changed my focus to veggies and lean protein and oh my did I ever come to love them! It wasnt just about meat anymore, it became yummy cauliflower and brocc :)

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  • Sarah July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    When I hit a bump I try to reevaluate my goals and my program – and then download some new music to workout to! For some reason new music helps me a lot.

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  • Shellybean July 9, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I think you have to give yourself credit for just how much you’ve done lately in your non-fitness life. Moving and traveling are both exhausting. Also, it’s summer time- it’s hard to make gains in the heat anyway. I think just keep on keeping on for a few weeks until you recover more fully and you’ll naturally pick up the pace. :)

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  • brandi July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    “No matter what I do each week; it just doesn’t get “easier,”” – Honestly, this is basically my running life story.

    It seems no matter what I do, I never really get faster or get the endurance to run much longer than my typical weekly routes. And I don’t know why!

    If I go running in the morning, my legs end up so tight by the end of a normal 3 mile run that I feel like I can barely lift them.

    But ANY time I try to run later in the day, I get horrible, horrible side stitches/cramps – I’ve tried eating different things, drinking different things, NOT eating or drinking for a few hours before running, etc, and nothing seems to work.

    Sometimes I think I’m just not cut out for it, but I do enjoy it (when I’m not in pain).

    If you find an answer, I’d love to hear it.

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    • Hallie July 9, 2010, 4:36 pm

      DITTO…all I have to say…

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      • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:45 am

        Ugh that does not sound fun. Have you guys tried a dedicated walk / run plan? Not walking when you “must” but really walking in regular intervals (like 1 minute run, 1 minute walk)?

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  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    The Lulu wrap should have pickles in there :) Mama Pea’s Lulu at least.

    I’m actually in the middle of another running hump. My running fitness goes in waves. For a couple months, 5-6 miles will be just any run. Then all of a sudden 2 miles is difficult! I just have to remember that my body will run when it wants to. I don’t want to force it to do anything and risk injury. That being said, this super hot weather isn’t helping!!! I’m hoping my endurance will be back when it starts to cool down in the fall.

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  • Amanda July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    My turning point came when I stopped relying on Lean Cuisine and Diet Coke and started eating fresh, whole foods instead.

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  • Sarah July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    What a great give-away! Yay Athenos! I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for about 2 months now.

    “On your journey to becoming a healthier and more balanced eater, did you ever hit a “turning point” where good habits became more natural? What kind of healthy swaps did you begin to make?”

    Ever since I started reading your blog and KERF, I’ve noticed that I find it easier to eat healthier. You guys are great inspiration! I’m 2 years into getting my PhD in Nutrition and healthy living has always been an interest, but not a priority. Now that’s changed and I already feel a billion times better, physically and mentally! Thank you. :)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:46 am

      I’m so happy for you!

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  • Stacy July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    To get over fitness humps, I make sure to schedule the difficult workouts to be shared with someone. That way, they hold me accountable (and vice versa), and I have someone to talk to so that I’m not focused on how much it hurts! : )

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  • Kate July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Read one of my recent posts on my blog! My friend, who is a personal trainer and has been a runner all of her life, gave me six new running workouts to do! I am training for a fast 5k as well! My goal is to hit 24 minutes! These workouts will get your right over that hump! Everyone needs a little direction! I’m glad I had a friend to help ME out!

    http://portlandpollyanna.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/on-the-run/

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  • Steph July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Yes, I’ve definitely hit a fitness hump. I got through it with time and determination. Sometimes it takes a while, but don’t give up, your body will find that point again where it finally catches up with your brain.

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  • Tina July 9, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I know whenever I feel like I am just spinning my wheels or constantly sore I take a break. It helps me feel more rejuvenated to be able to work back up to the intensity I was at before. It certainly is frustrating though!

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  • Christie July 9, 2010, 3:28 pm

    When I hit a fitness bump I try to switch gears to something completely new to re-excite an urge to exercise. It’s actually led to me trying a lot of new things that have become staples in my workout routine (kickboxing, yoga, pilates) and some that I did once and never looked back (boxing boot camp!)

    :)

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  • Michele Wilson July 9, 2010, 3:29 pm

    The journey to natural for me and my family is hitting a new “turning point”. When it’s back to school time we are saying “No” to school lunches. We are swapping yucky, processed cafeteria food for healthy, yummy, natural lunch choices that we will make and pack ourselves. Thanks for the great lunch recipes on your website. They’ll come in handy.

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I usually just remind myself that it’s natural and try something new. I ran the Disney Marathon in January too and had a tough time with injuries afterward. I know that if I keep training like I was before the marathon my injuries will continue, so right now I’m experimenting with barefoot running and vibrams. It’s keeping things interesting and fun.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:48 am

      Ooo do you like barefoot running?

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      • Jess July 11, 2010, 4:33 pm

        It’s been slow going, but a lot of fun. I’m trying to get into it very gradually to avoid injury, so I can’t rely on it yet as my cardio workout. It’s more of a hobby for the time being. I love the Vibrams… very comfortable and fun.

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  • Audrey July 9, 2010, 3:30 pm

    ahhh the fitness slump. everyone experiences plateaus but i think to overcome them you have to keep going! so many people get defeated by their slumps and quit. to beat mine i usually try to switch things up to *shock* my system a little bit – add weight to my strength training or use less weight and do more reps, throw in some exercise classes here and there, or change my usual running routes (the same distance over different terrain can make a huge difference!) overall, i think the key is to keep on truckin’ and not get too down on yourself. it’s a cycle and everyone comes out on the top again if they keep going!

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  • Roberta July 9, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I hit a major slump between running the Chicago marathon 2009 and running Goofy in 2010. I got out of it by not putting to most pressure on my time goal. Try keeping your goal pace for just 2 of the 4 miles and increase it to 3 out of the 4 once doing 2 becomes easier and so on. Also once every three weeks try a throwing in a mini self race. I find the more goals I set the easier it is to push myself. Hope that helps!! You can do it.

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  • Katherine July 9, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I try not to compare myself too much… I don’t like to compare myself to other peoples fitness levels and similarly I don’t like to compare myself to what my fitness level was say 3 months ago. Do the best you can do today and keep looking forward to your goal for tomorrow.

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  • Sarah July 9, 2010, 3:31 pm

    My turning point came when I was making lunch and just NEEDED more veggies with what I had already packed. Veggies for me had always been something I felt FORCED to eat. I realized that I WANTED to eat them – this was huge! (I’m eating a big thing of mixed veggies now while I write this. Yum!)

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  • jenny (green food diaries) July 9, 2010, 3:31 pm

    i thouught i’d had many tiping points, but now i know that my true tipping point was about two weeks ago, when i began to believe for real that i will heal from a two-year battle with severe IBS! this happened with the help of my naturopath, and realizing what has created my discontent that has stressed me out for pretty much most of my life. once you isolate that psychological stress, and try to get rid of it, it’s much easier to become healthier. positive outlook (with the help of meditation etc) is everything!

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  • Jennifer (A Running Hokie) July 9, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I hit a fitness bump earlier this year training for my third half marathon. I lost motivation and lost what I was running for. When I got accepted into NYC, I was even more worried about finding the strength, mental and physical, to get through training for another marathon. It wasn’t until I decided to run for others, not just myself, when I got my motivation back. Now I have the desire to run faster, further, and I feel stronger.

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I would say that I reached my turning point when exercise really became something that I WANTED to do, rather than something I forced myself to do. At some point, I found myself craving movement and felt better the days that I exercised and felt icky the days that I didn’t. It’s that natural endorphin high that got me hooked for good! I would say that my turning point with eating healthfully has only come much more recently, when I decided to ditch the dieting mentality. I find that I actually eat better now that I”m not as obsessed with it. Thanks to you, Caitlin, for the inspiration!

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  • Leah July 9, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I hate saying this BUT sometimes hitting that fitness hump that you can’t get over is your body’s natural way of telling you that you need a break. It could be that stressors are taking away from the extra energy that people use to push over those humps. Giving your body a “break” and listening to it might just be enough to get you over that hump in a few weeks once life settles down. And maybe its trying to increase speed while doing Jillian’s crazy workouts and you body can’t recover. If you relax and give your body a chance it will pick it up! Unfortunately for me, I tore my meniscus after my PR’ed Half Marathon in March, so my mind wants me to be running where/how I was 4 months ago but my body (knee) is telling me thats not going to happen. Accepting that I am no longer a runner for the time being, my body finally relaxed and lost the 5lbs I’ve been trying to lose WHILE running! Go figure!! Good luck!

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  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 9, 2010, 3:32 pm

    For me, I think my “turning point” when it came to balanced eating was not so much healthy swaps, but letting back in some foods I used to strictly forbid from my diet. I learned through the process that we need that little enjoyment and nothing should ever be ruled out (such as chocolate, ice cream, cheese, chips, etc- whatever your “thing” may be). In general, I just became more comfortable with my relationship that I had with food.

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  • Katie July 9, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I couldn’t imagine doing the elliptical one more time…so I didn’t for a while. I got over whatever mental resistance I had to the stairclimber (being told it would give you monster thighs) and tried new weights.

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  • Jessica July 9, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Fitness hasn’t really been a problem, but when I made the decision 3 years ago to eat better, it was hard to try foods that I had already deemed at “hated” foods from my childhood. Many traumatizing nights at the dinner table where my mom forced me to eat broccoli….yuckkkk. But I tried it and realized I loved it! It’s so much more natural for me to crave foods that are high quality instead of the processed stuff I used to eat.

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  • Amber July 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I find that training for some sort of race always helps me get over my hump! Maybe once you’re settled in Charlotte you can sign up for another race?

    Also, you might want to just focus on doing the UPPER BODY part of NMTZ. I’ve found that with my marathon training that I’m doing right now I can’t do any lower body strength or it kills my legs so I just use weights on my upper body a couple times a week!!

    Good luck, I’m sure your fitness will come back to you. This is really only the first week you’re settled in one place and working out consistently again! Give it some time :)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:50 am

      You can play individual intervals and I think I might just do the upper body ones when I’m sore!

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  • Ilene July 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I don’t think I’m at my ‘turning point’ quite yet, but I’m definitely getting there. I’m more conscious of what I eat and make an effort to exercise daily :)

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  • Sara July 9, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I’m coming out of a fitness slump now! Over the past three months, I put on 15 lbs (gulp) mostly as a result of nasty ITB syndrome that kept me away from intense cardio, but also because I was finishing college, graduating, and starting a new job. Needless to say, my self esteem wasn’t at its highest, but I reminded myself that graduating (and getting a job!) was a huge accomplishment in itself and deserved some indulgence.

    I think a lot of health-minded people, like myself, get so much self-worth out of their level of fitness, which is terrific. But sometimes, it’s great to take pride in other non-fitness accomplishments, and if that means setting workout time aside to enjoy them, that’s great, too! There will be plenty of time to run sub-9min miles. There won’t always be time to celebrate a graduation, a wedding, or make a huge move.

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  • Cindy K July 9, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I hit a turning point when I realized that caffeine was having a negative impact on me and I started choosing water or some decaf (or low in caffeine) teas instead of coffee and sodas!

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  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks July 9, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I find that balancing cardio and strength training is really hard, but that I gain endurance with my cardio the more strength training I do! What a paradox. The best thing for me is to alternate days of strength training, light cardio (walking or biking), and intense cardio (usually elliptical with high resistance so my heart rate gets high enough). That way I have a day of recovery between strength training and pushing myself with cardio. And the light cardio day helps keep everything moving and makes me less likely to get sore.

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  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 9, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Sometimes humps are there for a reason. Maybe your body is giving you a signal to relax after everything you’ve done in the last months ..

    It will get back to normal :)

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  • Rae July 9, 2010, 3:36 pm

    When I get into a fitness hump, I remind myself of all of my past accomplishments….and then grant myself a day (or two or three) to do something totally unrelated to my goal in order to switch it up and recharge!

    Great giveaway!

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  • Rachel July 9, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Are you properly stretching your legs/quads after doing NMTZ and running? That might help the quad issue, hopefully.

    Fitness humps are difficult because it’s SO easy to stop or adjust your routine to easy. If you just keep pushing through, eventually, you’ll get where you want to be. Just might take longer than you expected!

    Personally, I’m having trouble getting in to a routine. I love the feeling I get after working out, but I’m having trouble sticking to it on a regular basis. Working on it though!

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  • marge July 9, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Caitlin–The first time I hit a slump, I waited it out for months. It didn’t go away. So I got my blood checked. It turned out I was anemic. You could very well be hitting a mental slump, but to be sure, perhaps you should get your blood checked?

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:51 am

      hmmm good idea. i also feel like my hormones are going freaking crazy because of birth control. next time im at the doctor, i’ll get blood work! thanks!!

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I used to eat crap and I’m not just talking junk food but yogurt full of sugar, frozen Lean Cuisines (yuck) and processed stuff that shouldn’t be called food. Once my husband and I settled into our house it got easier to start moving away from frozen things and easier to start cooking. After watching Food Inc and reading In Defense of Food I did a mass clean out of our cabinets and fridge, getting rid of anything and everything that had HFCS as well as ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Getting rid of that stuff has really helped us eat more healthfully.

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  • Ericka July 9, 2010, 3:37 pm

    One of my biggest turning points in balanced eating was recognizing the importance of a big, filling breakfast. I’ve always been a breakfast eater, but it used to be sugary cereal or toast with jam, and it was probably 300 cal or less. I gradually amped up breakfast to 500-600 calories of oatmeal w/fruit, nut butters, and milk, and it sets the tone for a whole day of healthy eating!

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  • Linda July 9, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I got over my hump by getting a “workout buddy”. My friend and I are training for a half marathon and we push each other to train.

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  • Tiffany J. July 9, 2010, 3:37 pm

    To get over that “hump” I usually think of all the things that are holding me back, and they are usually just silly lazy reasons.Those reasons are never great enough to keep me seated for too long. Also, reading blogs of inspiring people help me get motivated!

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  • Laura July 9, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Unfortunately getting over the hump is something I struggle with still. I had a period of about 6 months after my 2nd daughter was born where eating healthy and working out was almost inutitive. i wanted to eat healthy. Junk food didn’t taste good. BUT, in the last few months it’s been more of a struggle. I’m trying to figure out how to get back to that.

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  • Meg July 9, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I agree that you should cut yourself some slack b/c of the move! Even once you’re in, it’s still exhausting (but fun!) doing all of the decorating.

    My fitness bumps are usually injury-related: knee problems, plantar fasciitis, etc. So, I usually just try to take a little time off and do what I need to do for my body, and then slowly get back to where I was before. Don’t know how helpful that is, but that feta sure looks tasty!

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  • Nicole July 9, 2010, 3:39 pm

    I seem to hit fitness humps regularly and have found that it is a sign of burn out. So instead of doing the same thing expecting a different result, I switch it up and try a new activity.

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  • Marci July 9, 2010, 3:39 pm

    You seem to have had a lot of changes, a new schedule, and new environment. It’s a lot for your body to take in, and maybe you need some rest days. I can also see how the strength videos plus running fast can make your quads scream. They don’t get time off.
    And yum feta.

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  • Katie July 9, 2010, 3:39 pm

    If I hit a hump, I sign up for a race! It forces me to train, because I know I don’t want to end up at a start line unprepared.

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  • allison @ livingoneday July 9, 2010, 3:40 pm

    #2 – yes, my habits have definitely changed. i am way quicker to choose a healthy meal at a restaurant rather than going with what i was craving (most likely pasta). i also drink a lot more water and am always conscious if im getting enough whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies, etc.

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  • Jo @ Steamed Broccoli July 9, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I’m in a fitness slump, too! I just tell myself I KNOW I can do whatever I put my mind to. You’ve done it before, can do it again, and will come out stronger in the end. Cut yourself some slack- you’ve moved, are adjusting, and just getting back on track.

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  • Jes July 9, 2010, 3:40 pm

    To get over my current hump of not feeling motivated to increase my cardio fitness, i signed up for a 5K. my first one ever! I think the goal is really helping because i find myself pushing harder and harder when i workout because i have a goal and i want to accomplish it in under 40 minutes (which for some it is not problem, but for a severe asthmatic thats huge! haha)

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  • Kelly July 9, 2010, 3:40 pm

    Hmm, I think my ‘turning point’ started when my husband suggested that we started eating less meat last summer.. And then I saw ‘Food Inc.’ and started reading healthy living blogs.. That is all the motivation I needed to keep up w/and maintain a healthy lifestyle!!

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  • Kiera E. July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    when I hit fitness humps I do one of two things. one, it seems simple and perhaps a bit mundane, but I find great music to make me pumped! a few weeks ago I was stressed from life and work and school and exercising was not exciting me – so I loaded up my shuffle with the ENTIRE music catalog of glee as well as a few songs that remind me of people I love (the ones I want to get healthy for), so when I am running and I don’t think I can push through, a GREAT song turns on that makes me smile and I get psyched again! OR I remind myself that exercise is supposed to be fun, not a chore, by subbing in a new thing (even if it’s just for a day) like a ballet class, hot yoga or my new favorite thing – a Boxing class!

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  • page July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    when i encounter a fitness hump, i usually have a big scoop of ice cream then i drag my butt to the gym and i instantly feel better.

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  • Meghan July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    When I get in a slump I set a small goal (like running 5 miles without stopping) and then I reward myself

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  • Kathryn July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I usually take up a new activity (which you have done) and just keep at it! Keep in mind that Charlotte is way hillier which equals way harder! give yourself some credit :)

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  • Alicia at Poise in Parma July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I’m totally in a fitness slump right now. I just signed up for a 5K to help motivate me. I also think it’s time for a change of surroundings – i.e. time for a new gym! Hopefully the options I find won’t break the bank!

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  • Rachel July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Anytime I encounter a fitness hump I make sure to switch it up. I pick an activity I know I excel at (like dancing) to boost my confidence and then tackle the beast (running) head on!!!

    I did my first “tempo” run last night, because I’m also trying to improve my speed. However, running a 10 minute mile WORE ME OUT!! I could only do it for 5 minutes. So, its all relative.

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  • Nancy July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    getting over humps is hard physically and mentally. I find it’s more mental. Devoting the time and focus and the “fake it til you make it” usually works for me. I know that setting your mind to it, keeping at it, and then you have moment of “did I really just do that” without trying hits and life is good until the next hump. Hope that makes sense – keep at it!

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  • Robin July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I got over my hump by signing up for a half marathon. The furthest I’d ever run before that was 6 miles, and it forced me to create a plan and stick to it.

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  • Tara July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I get over fitness humps by changing my workout. For example, I’ll try to do more fartlek-style runs when I fell burnt out on track workouts. Running with others who have similar goals helped me too.

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  • bridget July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    when I feel like i’m in a fitness slump, i step back and take a look at what else i’ve been doing. usually i’ve been doing something else really well, and I congratulate myself for that rather than look at what i’m not doing (or not doing as well!)

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  • Jessica July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I’ve hit MANY humps. Usually… I just keep going. Even if I feel like I’m sucking. This is even happening to me RIGHT now as I train for my first tri. My running is suffering some (obv) due to the cross training (which is equally as important, duh, for a tri) and I keep telling myself that this isn’t JUST a run! I’m doing two other activities.

    In the past, I just tell myself that I can either let myself keep slipping down or keep working to make my way back up. If I was once at one level, I can do it again! And more!

    Good luck — once you’re settled, you’ll be over the hump in on time :)

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  • Christina July 9, 2010, 3:41 pm

    When I’m in a fitness slump, I give my body a few days off to recover (more than one day). I also use a foam roller on my legs – it’s like getting a deep tissue massage.

    Giving yourself some time off might be just the thing your mind and body need right now. You’ve been a whirlwind of changes and activity the last few months, maybe your body is trying to tell you to slow down.

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  • Julia July 9, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I think my turning point was when I moved out of my parents house and realized that if I didn’t buy snack foods, I wouldn’t snack mindlessly! Sounds obvious, but I came to realize that if I had to make myself a snack rather than just open a bag, I wouldn’t eat anything because I wasn’t actually hungry.

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  • Bethany Herrington July 9, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I’ve been eating really healthy lately (about 6 weeks) because I’m on weight watchers and I have finally gotten to the point of not wanting junk food. I realize that my body feels tremendously better if I eat healthy foods. I still occassionally will crave ice cream or something sweet, and I don’t deprive myself of it, just limit it….but I don’t want it every day. Now I want salads and veggies.

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  • L.A. Daze July 9, 2010, 3:42 pm

    My turning point came where I opened my fridge and was faced with a lemon bar for desert, or a mango. I reached for the mango! I’m just not craving unhealthy deserts anymore.

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  • Claire July 9, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Honestly,I look at my Mom and stepdad who live an unhealthy lifestyle and both been in and out of the hospital these past few months.I don’t want to be like them when I’m their age so it’s easy to push myself more:-)cc

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:53 am

      Aww I’m sorry to hear about your Mom and Stepdad but that is really excellent motivation. Long-term health keeps me going too!

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  • Hannah July 9, 2010, 3:43 pm

    When I reach a fitness hump, I do a really short workout and congratulate myself on doing anything at all :)

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  • Dana July 9, 2010, 3:43 pm

    If i hit a fitness slump, I Look for new types of exercise to do, maybe a new place to work out, or a buddy to join in working over the slump!

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  • Krista July 9, 2010, 3:44 pm

    When I encounter a hump, I get involved in a different activity that gets me excited about working out again instead of dreading it. It may not be something as intense or long or sweaty….or maybe it is…..but I ALWAYS tell myself that I’m doing *something* which beats parking it on the couch! :)

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  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You) July 9, 2010, 3:44 pm

    I am in a huge fitness slump right now. So I took a calendar and scheduled all of my workouts for next month. I made sure to put several new class or at least new instructors so that I could make them a little more exciting!

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  • Erica July 9, 2010, 3:44 pm

    I find that if I do more than one speedwork/tempo run a week I am just exhausted. you may need to start alternating … so I do a tempo run one week, then next week I do speedwork. Just remember to alternate easy/hard runs! Your body can’t race each time you head out on the road :)

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  • Abby July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I broke my foot once… when I got back to running, it’s like I didn’t even know how to run anymore. I just was patient and let my body figure it out on it’s own. I lost a lot of speed, which I’m just now getting back, but I can’t push my body to do what it is not ready to do! Just be patient!! :)

    Also.. I didn’t know about that Navigation bit on the Garmin. Thanks for the tip!!

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  • Dani July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Whole wheat and whole grains are natural choices for me now. I never eat white bread, barely eat white pasta and *rarely* eat white rice (too good to give up sometimes!).

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  • Abbey July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I encounter fitness humps often which just means that it’s time to switch it up again. I recently did so by trading boring old cardio @ the gym for spinning classes taught in an industrial space which has large garage style doors to open and let the breeze flow through. So awesome! Crossfit is also an awesome way to break a stagnant workout routine. Not for the faint of heart, but worth it for the awesome results.

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  • Laurel July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    When I start feeling like I’m in a training slump, I stop running to run and start running to get places or see things. I was recently on a business trip in a new city, and one of the days I really wasn’t feeling like working out but I did want to do some sightseeing. So I ran around the city and took pictures. My time was surprisingly good and I covered a lot more ground than I would have walking. Being in a new city, you have the perfect opportunity to explore. And if you’re worried about speed, then set a location for yourself and say that you want to be there in X number of minutes. It’s really nice when you can give a purpose to your run.

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  • Kismet July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    When I hit a fitness hump, I find a new challenging activity or swap out the types of workouts I’m doing.

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  • Sarah R July 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    My turning point came when I realized how much better I felt when I fuel properly for my workouts. It made all of the difference in the world!

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  • Brittney July 9, 2010, 3:46 pm

    When you have a fitness hump, embrace it. For me, its my body telling me I am tired. I tend to run through injuries, exhaustion and rain. Look for fun and different things to break up the hump and enjoy time with others. My running friends decided to have dinner instead of running and it was a way to see people in a new light.

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  • Deanna@milestorun July 9, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I encounter fitness “humps” all the time. Usually when my body gets used to a certain activity. When this happens, I will throw in something short and intense to “shock” my body. For example, tabata exercises, intense intervals with minimum rest between exercises, plyometrics, etc. Even if these intense short workouts are only 15 minute sessions, they make a huge difference.

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  • Laura July 9, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I haven’t hit a turning point, per say, but have been squeezing in more workouts and concentrating on portion control. I make balanced meals for my fiance and I with a focus for myself, on smaller portions — eating slower and stopping when I am full as opposed to stuffing my face and feeling uncomfortably full after meals.

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  • Holly-Claire July 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I had a major fitness slump after my daughter was born. I gained a LOT of weight during pregnancy and it did NOT fall of while breastfeeding like everyone swore it would. Shortly after my daughters 1st b-day I realized that I was going to have to work hard to get my pre-baby bod back. I joined a gym, got a trainer and got addicted to working out. My body felt amazing and started looking pretty darn good too ;)
    My daughter is 4 now and I am healthier and happier than ever!

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  • Maureen July 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Last week I spent time at my aunt’s house at the beach. Her place is chock full of processed food, and there is not a fresh fruit or veggie to be found there. Instead of submitting to eating her way – which makes me feel like crap – I brought some Chobani yogurts, fresh cherries and plums, sandwich thins, and other healthy things to eat ‘my’ way. It felt like a tipping point for sure, because I WANTED to eat this way, even on vacation!

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  • Kimberly July 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I’m in the same post move slump as you right now! I’m trying to get back into things by doing workout videos but I have only has time to do the 30 day shred instead of p90x. Oh well. I’ll keep trying!

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  • Vicki M July 9, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I’m staring up at a giant bump in the road. It’s been terribly hot and humid for the last couple of weeks and I have no desire to do anything!

    But I have a 15k on Sunday so I better get moving!

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  • Cynthia July 9, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I got over my fitness hump by adding different and additional workouts in..I’ve recently taken up bikram yoga and swimming. The low impact helps keep my body happy and it’s still a workout:)

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  • Kimberly July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I think the biggest change I’ve made with my eating is avoiding the middle isles in my grocery store. Instead I prefer to find recipes that sound/look yummy that I can make from scratch. I have come to love the control I have over what ingredients goes into my meals (especially for my boys!!)

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  • Nicole July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    First of all I really enjoy reading this blog and how honest you are when you are having a fitness struggle! We all do! My turning point was just recently…after years of always thinking I needed to be on a “diet” to be healthy I just sat here one day and realized…NO! I can eat amazing food and be healthy without having to follow some diet book!( I used to think peanut butter and avacado were “bad” crazy I know!) Now when I see a certain amount of fat or calories in something I don’t freak out over the number I simply ask myself, is it healthy natural ingredients that are good for me or should I pass because it’s something processed and won’t leave me feeling as good or satisfied as I should! I have to also say that I think by reading this blog and others it has opened my eyes to see that being healthy is about a balance..something I really never had until recently!

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    When I was in a fitness hump with running, I joined a local Road Runners club training program. This way it was more formal than my casual long runs and track workouts. I hit a PR in a half marathon with a 7:42 pace! I never thought it would be possible, but having a good group of other runners and several people who were slightly faster than me helped to push me more than I would have done alone for both long runs and speed sessions.

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  • Karen July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Man, I hope I win this – nothing betta than feta!

    My big turning point came when I noticed how much better research animals get treated compared to the animals we eat (which make up a far larger percentage of animals in the world). It led to me gradually becoming vegetarian and being vegetarian made cravings for lots of unhealthy stuff fall away (like sweets and fatty things). It’s weird, but I love the way I feel now so eating stuff that takes that feeling away and messes with my digestion isn’t as tempting.

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  • Julie July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I can’t remember my exact healthy tipping point. It came really gradually. One thing I always do is make a smoothie. Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, frozen mango and OJ for breakfast everyday to help me get lots of fruit in. I do remember one day thinking “I’m hungry, I want an apple. Wait a min, I don’t want chips???” and that’s when I knew my “diet” had turned into a healthy lifestyle. : )

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  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 9, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Oh I’m sorry you’re in a hump!! I know that feeling all too well :( My quads often hurt too – as I type this there are already about 100 comments on this post…do you think you’d be able to write the best tips in your next post!? I don’t have time to go through them all :s

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 7:59 am

      I was just compiling a list!

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 3:50 pm

    My turning point was reading the healthy living blogs and seeing that you can have HEALTHLY meals without sacrifcing taste. You don’t have to rely on airy rice cakes for snacks – grab a container of greek yogurt and fruit (I have never even heard of this before!!!!). And sorry to change subjects but what REALLLLY pisses me off is they don’t even put the greek yogurt in the yogurt sections..it’s over with the dairy-free “dairy” items. Makes no sense.

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  • Kaz July 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Yes, my tipping point actually was when I stopped counting calories and started seeing food as fuel instead of numbers. Suddenly, I started craving veggies and fruit and less grains and sweets. It was weird. o.O

    I hope you overcome your fitness hurdle soon! =)

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  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

    I think my turning point was when I trained for a half marathon. I finally saw food as FUEL and learned how to better take care of myself. However, a couple of months after the half, I definitely felt sad when I couldn’t run as far as I once could… But, hey, like you said – “You can’t always be going up! Life happens.” So true.

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  • crissy July 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

    I think my turning point became habit when I realized how much more energy and how positive I felt from working out and making better food choices. Made the whole process so much easier… now that doesn’t mean i don’t indulge every now and then tho… i sure do

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  • Amisha July 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Caitlin – One thing to keep in mind is that you have recently transitioned to a fully vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) diet. I’ve been a vegetarian all my life so it took me a while to figure this out. I do much better in sports and working out when I am consistently taking a multivitamin everyday. Last year I ran a half marathon in 1:52, and this year I’m having a hard time maintaining a 9 minute pace during short runs. I think most of it has to do with I wasnt getting enough iron and B-vitamins. If you dont take a multi-vitamin everyday, try doing it for a month straight and see how you feel. I personally have never felt better in my life! I never thought it would make such a big difference.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:01 am

      I take a B6 and B12 vitamin every day, but I need to get more regular about it. Thanks for reminding me!

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  • Melinda H. July 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I sign up for races here and there….. that always works for me :)

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  • Samantha July 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

    If I’m in a rut with a particular type of exercise I try to switch it up a bit so I am still doing something that works on my cardiovascular fitness. This gives me a break from whatever I am doing but still boosts my confidence in my fitness level. Then, I slowly work in the type I was struggling with and build up so I have small successes each day.

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  • Amanda @ Vegacious July 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Usually when I’m in a fitness slump, I have to completely change my routine – otherwise I get very discouraged. Example: If I’ve been cycling, I have to switch to running or some other cardio. Or I have to add in extra strength training. Not only does it help me get out of my slump, but changes the scenery a bit too. :)

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I’m in a fitness slump and trying to get out of it. This spring I had great motivation (2nd honeymoon to Aruba) that helped push me at the hard times. Now the craziness of life has gotten in the way for too long (2 months). This weekend the hubby & I sitting down to plan our workouts and healthy meals, so hopefully this will help us get over the hump / refocus us.

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  • greenbean July 9, 2010, 3:54 pm

    just keep plugging away! and also find something fun to do as well that will keep you moving.

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  • Nikee July 9, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I love feta! My turning point was when I noticed that my children really do look up to me as a role model in what foods they eat. If I have healthy choices available and am I myself eating healthy they do the same. I find if I involve the 2 older ones in the process of cooking foods and shopping for them they seem to feel better about what they are eating and want to make healthier choices. We swapped out soda for seltzer or water flavored with orange or lemon. Also we make sure to watch portions. So I want them to know it is definitely to have treats but just to limit them.

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  • Katharine July 9, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I change my routine when I hit a fitness hump. I either change my running route, go to a new gym class, walk instead of run, etc. Every few months I need to make a change to keep myself motivated.

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  • Lizzy July 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    i’ve for sure had a fitness humo. my way of getting over it, is just knowing that in the end it’ll pass, doing everything that you normally would and just keep telling yourself that its only going to get better is what helps.

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  • faith @ gracefulfitness July 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Do you ever take an ice bath for your legs after intense training? If not, it will probably help with the sore quads. Also an extra dose of vitamin C after an intense workout can do a lot of good in recovery.
    Overall, recognize your natural energy dips and remember those times when you had strength and energy to spare, it will come back around sooner than later!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:01 am

      I tried it once but I seriously cannot do it regularly. How do you stand it??

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      • faith @ gracefulfitness July 10, 2010, 11:35 am

        I usually wear a sweatshirt or something for my top half and sit with my thighs covered in ice water. Once I even drank a cup of tea while soaking! I used it during marathon training and felt like it really helped my recovery from long runs.

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  • Mary July 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I try to do different workouts :)

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  • Kate July 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    To get over a fitness hump I cross train. Seems strange, but my run got a lot faster when I changed it up and did the stationary bike. I would work on sprint intervals, and I found my running speed really picked up without even trying!

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  • Jen July 9, 2010, 3:55 pm

    My fitness hump is taking place right now! I just ran a 10k and felt really pleased with my performance. Right after that, May came along with meant law school finals. BAM -> no time to study! Literally in the library from morn to the wee hours of the night.. when I emerged from the library about 3.5 weeks later I just felt so ‘blah’ when I exercised. My knees start to hurt after only running a few miles & its so discouraging because that never used to happen. I guess the way I’m trying to get over it is by saying “I’m doing the best I can & I truly do want to get better.” I like to run a mile and walk for five minutes, but towards the end of my run my knees just cant take it anymore :( instead of getting upset I’ll just run .6 mile, walk a few minutes and run .6 again.
    My healthy tipping point hasn’t occurred yet because I’m still working through some issues. I’m active & eat well, but I’m scared that its only to maintain my image.. I have to consciously tell myself that I’m doing these things for my health, but I don’t know if I have myself convinced! We’ll see what happens.. at least I know I am trying :)

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  • Bree July 9, 2010, 3:56 pm

    In general, I find when I hit humps, making a strict plan really helps– and doing a wide variety of runs. It sounds like more interval training (even the kind where you sprint and walk instead of sprint and jog) might help you power those runs.

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  • Amanda (modernation) July 9, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Setting a new goal always helps me get over a fitness hump. Your Speedy 5K and NMTZ goals are great, but maybe they aren’t the right ones, or aren’t enough. Maybe another challenge is what you need?

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  • mama July 9, 2010, 3:57 pm

    I think being healthy became a lifestyle when my husband finally started to embrace it too! it seemed so much easier to keep it up when i wasn’t alone! It just worked!

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 3:57 pm

    My way of getting over the hump is to embrace it! It can definitely be a way of telling your body to rest for a day, or maybe even 2! Go back to the drawing board and change it up. I was a runner for years, but it just wasn’t working for me, fitness wise anymore(and a bad knee), so I switched to swimming and cycling!.

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  • Heather July 9, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Healthy eating became easier once everybody around me started realizing how important it was to me. I think THAT was a true turning point, when the people around me became more supportive. My mom started making more healthy alternative to some of our family favorites, my husband tried eating a few of my new favorites and even started cooking himself and going out with friends became easier. All of this, made healthy eating more natural.

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  • Ashley @ Cupcakes & Combat Boots July 9, 2010, 3:57 pm

    To get myself over a fitness hump I will actually switch to something new and different for a while. Then when I go back to my “old” fitness routine I’m more pumped up about it! Sounds like you already do that though so I’m not sure what to tell ya…

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  • Theresa July 9, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I am trying to get over a hump right now. I finished my first half marathon on June 6th and have been dragging my butt about working out. It is hard to get motivated because every time I have run in the last month has been a horrible run.

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  • Katherine July 9, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I think I started to really embrace a healthy lifestyle in the past month or so. Before, I wanted to eat healithier but recently I’ve noticed my body craving exercise and wanting smaller meals.

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  • Lauren July 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I took a big break from running when I hit a hump but I won’t do that next time! I had been running so slow and I just couldn’t get faster. I didn’t know to even look up speed training on the internet or anything!

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  • Marisa (Loser for Life) July 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I just recently hit a fitness hump with running. I was doing to much running, cardio, weights and got burned out. I backed off the running until my official half marathon training starts in August. Now, I really look forward to my one day a week run!

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  • Amy July 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I got over a fitness hump by just sticking to it and pushing myself a little harder. I went from being a not so great runner to one that was running at a decent pace. Unfortunately, I’m also now at a point where I’m not as fast as I once was and find every run a struggle. I can’t seem to figure out how to make it easier other than just staying with it and hoping for the best. :)

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  • Leslie July 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Whenever I have a fitness hump, I like to find a new (and possibly ridiculous) goal to focus on. I’ve found that I do not do well unless I have an event I am training for.

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  • Christina July 9, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I have been following your blog for awhile now and I love it! This is my first comment to you, but I just wanted to say thanks for all of the inspiring posts you write everyday :)

    I hit a turning point about 3 months into Weight Watchers. I realized that I no longer wanted processed, high sodium food. My body was craving fruits and vegetables. It was the first time in YEARS that my body craved wholesome foods. I loved it!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:02 am

      Thank for you reading and congrats on your WW success!!

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  • Lisa M July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I’m just starting this fitness/healthy eating lifestyle change. The biggest change so far is weekly excerise or just thinking about excerise and how to fit it into my day. Also – I cut out my daily soda drinking…it’s water all the way now! Babysteps….

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  • jamie July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    i’m currently in a fitness hump…i HATE that i can’t do what i used to do. it’s so hard to not think about that and stay present. i think what’s helping me is that deep down i KNOW i will get there, and probably be more in shape than i ever have been, and also appreciate it that much more.

    i did NMTZ for the first time on sunday – OMG, i still am sore!

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  • Alicia July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I’m still trying to reach a major turning point where my food choices become more natural, but it is becoming 2nd nature for me to CHECK the ingredients in the products that I buy!

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  • Jocelyn July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I face fitness humps and hurdles all the time! I always tell myself that tomorrow is a new day and try and try again! Just like with my healthy food choices :) If I have a cookie..or some icecream…it’s not going to kill me, I just make up for it the next day with healthier options!

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  • Hannah Hawley July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    When I hit those humps… I tell myself that I am strong and that I can achieve it one second at a time. I just have to look a few feet in front of me and say just to that point, over and over and over.

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  • Trish @IamSucceeding July 9, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I found some inspiring fit friends to help motivate me.

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  • Theresa July 9, 2010, 4:01 pm

    When I encounter a “fitness hump,” I try something new. It might be a new workout class, a new running tank, or even just a new workout playlist.

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  • Renee July 9, 2010, 4:01 pm

    I have definitely had my share of fitness humps…sometimes it is just no fun to workout or I feel stuck in a workout rut-every workout drags on and there’s no motivation. Whenever I get this way, I try to make one big change in my fitness routine. I will go to a hot n sweaty bikram class or try a new fitness class to change things up! always seems to work:)

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  • Vicki July 9, 2010, 4:01 pm

    For my humps, I fake it ’til I make it. It’s a mind game for me, but it works! :)

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  • Laura July 9, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I used to struggle a lot with healthy eating on the weekends. Now I wake up every weekend and have a hearty, healthy breakfast! That keeps me from eating or slipping up on my nutrition for the rest of the day!

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Fitness humps are challenging. When this happens to me, I focus on expanding my vision of my overall fitness picture and trying something new. It’s important to be active but not perfect. I recently started Zumba and while I am definately the biggest spaz in the bunch, it burns a tons of calories and I leave there with a smile on my face. :)

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  • Catherine July 9, 2010, 4:04 pm

    When I finally realized I couldn’t use dance as my general and ongoing fitness routines I let myself backslide in a big way. What has finally helped me get over my hump is really leaning on friends to encourage me and help me push through the tough spots. I haven’t completed my first race yet, but I’m already planning on running another half marathon in January with my cousins who live in Arizona. We created a facebook page and are all following each other’s progress (even though it’s way early).

    From what I can tell you already have an awesome support system in place. =D Maybe the No Trouble Zone video isn’t quite the right fit? Or, maybe it’s just adding something small in, like a little meditation before your run or just after your run?

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  • Maribeth July 9, 2010, 4:05 pm

    While getting over my fitness hump, I made sure to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get motivated by reading inspiring things, such as your blog, Caitlin! :-)

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  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 9, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I have encounted various workout humps. New music inspires me to keep going, and changing things up with new types of cardio keeps my motivated. And to be honest, sometimes taking a good long break helps me refocus.

    I wish I had more advice for you, but I’m sure you’ll rock it out =)

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  • Claire July 9, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I’ve been having a hard time running longer distances too but that is because I’m a newb. Simple picking a spot to run to and then going past it has helped me as well as interval running (run 6 minutes, walk 1 minute, repeat) and 30 minute runs twice a week or maintenance runs. You’ll get there again, it just takes time to build back up when you’ve had some down time. As far as the other question, I found experimenting more with foods has helped make eating healthy a more natural occurence. Also, I never buy anything that I might binge out of control with. Cheese-It’s are literally my krytonite. I don’t even like to look at them :) Taking the time to meal plan and really scope out those other areas of the grocery store have helped me find new things to constantly keep healthy eating interesting :) Good LUCK!

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  • Therese July 9, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I DEFINITELY hit that same hump a few weeks ago where my quads were always burning and my legs were always tired, and I hadn’t really changed my training or increased miles or anything. I realized I wasn’t sleeping enough, for starters, and I also focused on hydration, even though I usually never have a problem with my water intake. I took a week “off” (I did one easy run and one day of easy biking). I took an ice bath, and I focused on stretching and eating a lot of protein and vitamin C for tissue repair.

    The next week, I made sure to run at a comfortable pace on FLAT ground, and now a month later I’m back to incorporating speed, hills, etc. But it was very frustrating at the time!

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  • Kristina July 9, 2010, 4:06 pm

    my healthy eating turning point came quickly – as soon as I started eating very clean + no alcohol, I had so much energy and I felt SO good. I rarely get sick, and easily lost several pounds.

    even a day of bad eating can make me feel bad… if I want to indulge in a pizza or something I normally would not eat, I pair it with a HUGE salad or something similar.

    I am currently struggling with a fitness hump… my running endurance is not re – building as quickly as I would like, and I am frustrated by that. my answer, just keep going – I WILL get there! *sigh*

    :)

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  • Brooke July 9, 2010, 4:08 pm

    When I got bored with my normal running routine, I took up a Cardio Kickbox class at my gym. After the class I noticed I wasn’t counting down the minutes until my workout was over and was actually having fun!
    Also, If I’m really not feeling a run, I’ll just do a power walk instead of forcing myself. Something is better than nothing!

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  • Jane July 9, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I went to the gym, every day, for three weeks. No days off. I wanted to try to build a habit and they say it takes at least that long. It worked!

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  • Brittney July 9, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I guess I was kind of in a slump of doing the same thing over and over – usually running around 2-4 miles. Then I set my goal of running a half marathon and did almost every run with people so I wouldn’t have an excuse to stop and not do it. That helped me a lot. I do better when I have other people around me to motivate me.

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  • Sara July 9, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Perhaps rather than try to just run every run fast fast fast… you could try some sort of fartlek. Such as, run “hard” for 1 minute, “easy” for 2 minutes, and repeat like 5-8 sets. When I get in a funk, these types of workouts seem to help me out because I don’t feel like the whole run has to be super-speedy, just certain segments of it. This in turn will actually help you become a more efficient runner.

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  • Jen July 9, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I’d been eating fairly healthy (slowly switched from college food to diet food to real food over a period of years) for a while when my son was diagnosed with food allergies. When I started really reading ingredient lists and not just scanning fat and fiber and calories stats, I was a bit horrified at how many unnecessary and unpronouncable ingredients are in foods we consider healthy. I guess that was my turning point – I now aim for as simple a list as possible – or no list! I make most of our food from scratch. I think we’re all healthier for it. My son was reading the label on the Envirokids Koala Krispies box and said, “Hey, we could make this at home!” I took the opportunity to dig out the very old Kellogg’s Rice Krispies box and show him that list. Big difference!

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  • Claire July 9, 2010, 4:14 pm

    To get over my fitness humps, I remind myself that it’s quality, not quantity, of workouts that matter. I got into better shape once I started listening more closely to my body and began taking more/consecutive rest days when I need them.

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  • Alex @ IEatAsphalt July 9, 2010, 4:14 pm

    When I broke my foot I had a really hard time getting back into running. So I’d mix it up by doing fast sprints one day, a long bike ride the next, a slow jog. Adding variety is the best thing and slowly your pace will come back!

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  • Astrid July 9, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Getting a new video or workout to do always helps me. It’s nice to feel new muscles get sore, and mentally I always feel better when I am getting out of the rut. Something that really helps me stay balanced in my eating is incorporating real foods that I once thought were horrible, like butter, heavy cream, etc. A litle bit goes a long way and is truly satisfying! Learning that deprivation and denial does not work for me has made a huge difference!

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  • Katharine Burd July 9, 2010, 4:15 pm

    I give myself a few rest days until I’m feeling antsy again. And if that doesn’t work I bring some entertainment to the gym, like download a tv show to my ipod, so I have some distraction.

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  • Michelle July 9, 2010, 4:15 pm

    I’m still on my journey to getting healthy and hope that my “turning point” where it all because a natural way of life instead of a constant battle comes soon!

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  • Britton July 9, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I have managed to make healthy living a habit, but every once and a while I need some extra help. After reading Michael Pollan’s books, I became vegan. I find that challenging myself to do different things every once and a while really refreshes my resolve to live a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 9, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Adding different foods to my diet AND a new exercise that’s not my norm always helps me get over the hump. Good luck!

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  • Shannon July 9, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I think that my turning point as when I realized that healthy eating goes beyond calorie counting.

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  • Liz July 9, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I think my big turning point was when I woke up wanting to exercise. Once you see small results, it is so compelling to continue your healthy journey!

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  • Jeanna Basnett July 9, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I simply started eating breakfast. I feel so much more satisfied and have more energy to get through my workout afterwork.

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  • tra July 9, 2010, 4:20 pm

    i tried a new thing- like rock climbing. or just rowing. =D

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  • Jen July 9, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Excessive planning helps me get back on track..to the point that I allot myself time on my weekly schedule for a workout. It’s always hard at first, but the routine falls back in when I micromanage it. :)

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 4:21 pm

    My physical fitness humps are rarely ever physical and more mental. For some reason my OCD personality kicks in and I’ll make a spreadsheet to outline my goals and it usually works. :)

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  • jess July 9, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Heythere! SO this, I see is a huge trend on blogs lately; cardio/workout burnout. I actually JUST posted a Vlog on my BLog about this (not to plug it but it’s interesting ;-)) Anyway, the basis is that this is very normal, and you just need to SWITCH. IT. UP. But before that, give your body the rest it needs if desired-decide if it is physical burnout or mental burnout. ANYWAY, a few ways to switch it up-
    1. fun fitness classes at a gym IF you can afford :-) you can sometimes to a day pass just to see if you like it (or switch it up)
    2. THE CENTURY (also described on my blog) it is a neat little (but VERRY DIFFICULT) cross-training workout that is easy to remember, hits all areas of the body, combines cardio and strength training and was taught to me by a friend who trains professional athletes in off-season. Here’s how you do it: Do a mile at 5kpace (or if you’re not a runner, do ten min on elliptical or other INTENSE cardio for ten min) then , do a “century” of a body part- Ex: abs or arms or shoulders) A century is 10 sets of ten reps.
    Enjoy! Do remind yourself- this will pass!

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  • Ali July 9, 2010, 4:23 pm

    When encountering a fitness hump I just tell myself that the less I do the harder it will be later. It’s always worth it to get off the couch and keep going even if I don’t want to.

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  • Dynamics July 9, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I got tired of eating and nothing tasted good. I started dabbling in no meat and focusing on more of a raw eating lifestyle. I think that has helped me understand what my needs really are. I can get my protein in far more better ways than with meat. Raw is a tough lifestyle but I can eat raw as much as possible which, for me, is a good thing. I feel tons better and have more energy which enables me to workout more.

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  • Alicia July 9, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I hit a turning point last week. I actually turned down my own birthday dessert. I opted for greek yogurt and berries instead of a chocolate eclair–which is huge for me. I have a huge sweet tooth but for some reason the yogurt and fruit sounded so much better. Lately lighter healthier choices sound way more appealing.

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  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run July 9, 2010, 4:26 pm

    I this past weekend made me realize that I’ve reached a turning point in the way that I eat. I went on a girl’s weekend trip and while there was plenty of opportunities to use the “vacation” eating excuse, I made a lot of healthy choices. I was so proud of myself, and it wasn’t hard for me to do.

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  • amy July 9, 2010, 4:28 pm

    set new goals! that always helps me…i was in a long rut for three months and then decided to sign up for a 1/2 marathon in october- that has got me back on track…and then some!

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  • Michele July 9, 2010, 4:30 pm

    I have been eating pretty heathily for the past 6 months, but my big hump was after I returned from a vacation and was loaded up on greasy foods and hadn’t exercised in 2 weeks. I kept eating like that until I went to the doctor-I was overweight after losing the final 20 pounds!

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  • jen July 9, 2010, 4:30 pm

    i honestly think a good way to get over a fitness hump is to forget about it and relax. focusing on it is stressful but if you can relax a little i am sure you will do it!

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  • Diane July 9, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I try to reach out to a friend to work out w/ when I’m in a hump – sometimes other people’s strengths/determination to work out are just what I need to push my fitness forward!

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  • kari July 9, 2010, 4:31 pm

    i think i’m just on my way out of a 3 year fitness slump right now. i graduated from college 3 years ago, where i was a varsity athlete. since graduating and not having the structure to keep me accountable, i’ve struggled to find a balance that works for me and involves exercise that i like and want to keep up on my own. i just quit my job a few weeks ago to go back to school (i’m in a pre-med post-bacc program now) and i think it’s the change i needed. i’m loving the change of pace to be able to bike to school, take a midday break for a run, have more control over my food, and not be trapped behind a desk all day. it’s been a great few weeks for mental and physical health and i hope that it results in a noticeable change in getting back some of the fitness i’ve lost.

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  • sals July 9, 2010, 4:32 pm

    when I’m in a fitness slump I find turning to a friend is the best way to get out – having a workout buddy is motivating and fun!

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  • Divya Vikram July 9, 2010, 4:32 pm

    I love that lunchbag. Nice giveaway!

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  • Kellie July 9, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I think to “get over the hump” you actually just have to keep going. It does get easier. I just tell myself to take it one workout at a time and slowly but surely I find myself getting stronger.

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 4:34 pm

    My advice is to just go with it. You’ll improve again soon enough. Just keep pushing yourself and go with what your body is telling you!

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  • Anna (twelve22) July 9, 2010, 4:34 pm

    I think I often feel like I’m working to get over a hump when it comes to running — sometimes that means I need to get more strict with myself, and sometimes (like right now) it means taking a break, because I’m on the verge of burning out.

    That lunch looks SO good! And did you really run in long sleeves? That would definitely slow me down in the summer heat.

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  • Heather July 9, 2010, 4:34 pm

    I hit a bit of a fitness hump last week…totally bored with my 10K training program, and was losing a lot of enthusiasm for it. Seemed my body was not responding to the workouts either as I was stuck at the same weight for a couple of weeks.

    I worked in some different forms of cross training this week to spice things up (went back to Bikram Yoga after 3 weeks adn then tried my first Zumba class). It seemed to have worked. The scale went back down this week, and I like that I found new ways of exercising (the Zumba class) that were totally fun!

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  • Erin July 9, 2010, 4:34 pm

    When I’ve encountered a fitness hump, I usually change what I’m doing. Shaking things up and surprising my body usually gets me over it!

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  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 9, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Whenever I get in a fitness slump (usually directly related to me feeling bad about my chronic knee pain) I remind myself why I do it: To get my knees stronger and eventually healed. It’s worth it when I think about it that way.

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  • Rachel C July 9, 2010, 4:35 pm

    speaking from the viewpoint of someone who embodies the phrase “runs like a girl” the concept of being active was really tough for me…until i took fitness classes! i go gaga for zumba

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 9, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I am in a fitness hump right now, too. I’m struggling to run just 3 to 4 miles, even though I ran a 10 mile race in April, and that’s not even fast! I think it’s important to be realistic and realize that a lot of people think of running 3 to 4 miles as a fitness goal in their far, far future, so be very proud of what you can do now, and realize that your body will just naturally come out of it when its ready. Just keep plugging along!

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  • Katheryn July 9, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Taking classes helps me get over an exercise hump. Mostly because I’m quite competitive, and seeing that I’m not one of the best in class makes me work harder and go more often so that I can become one of the best. Kind of silly, but it seems to work.

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  • Natalie (The Sweets Life) July 9, 2010, 4:37 pm

    to get over a fitness hump i change it up—i get workout videos from the library, try a new class at the gym, or check fitness mags for inspiration!

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  • Cindy July 9, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I’m in a hump right now too (Which isn’t great since I have a 10K next weekend, a half marathon in 3 weeks and I start marathon training in a week…) I was sick for a month so it’s hard to come back knowing you used to be in better shape. But, I just keep following my plan and am trying not to get discouraged if I’m running slower/talking walking breaks

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  • Neena July 9, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I feel I’m heading into the natural state of my healthy life style right now. Finally! I’ve beeen consistent with my workouts, eating salads everyday, and giving up Pizza Hut. I don’t even miss it. :)

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  • Lindsay July 9, 2010, 4:38 pm

    When I took the time to think about your question I realized that there was not turning point. I’ve consciously tried to make healthier choices and most of the time they just come naturally. If I am making an unhealthy choice though, I am very aware of it and try to really think about it before I dive in. I’m learning to not beat myself up over a splurge and to not feel guilty about it.

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  • Jennifer July 9, 2010, 4:38 pm

    The last time that I felt a fitness hump, I just allowed myself to express my disappointment. I’m usually the one who is pushing everyone else to get better and if I’m ever feeling less than adequate, I find it hard to tell someone that I am discouraged. But as soon as I got over my pride and shared with a friend that I needed encouragement, the burden came off of me and I felt as if I could move forward.

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  • Shannon July 9, 2010, 4:39 pm

    I had a hump just a few weeks ago! I got over it by signing up for a new gym with fun classes super-close to my workplace. I can slip out at lunch time, catch 40 minutes of class, rinse off, and be back at work within an hour!

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  • Julz @ freshman5k July 9, 2010, 4:39 pm

    To get over fitness humps, you just have to keep working harder!!

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  • Christy July 9, 2010, 4:40 pm

    I make a new plan with new goals or I try something new. But usually switching it up a little or a new goal does the trick!!

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  • Joanna July 9, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I got over my fitness hump by going with a friend to a spinning studio…and got hooked! It was fun to try something completely new and going with a friend definitely helped keep me motivated. It’s not my only form of exercise, but it’s great to work it in at least once a week for a maaaajor cardio workout. :-)

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  • Becca H July 9, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I felt that after I had been making healthier choices with my life, it was more natural way for me to live.

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  • Coco July 9, 2010, 4:41 pm

    On my journey to becoming healthier, more balanced eater, I learned that moderation not perfection is the key. I realized that eating can be healthy AND enjoyable! As opposed to not allowing myself any treats I have learned to allow myself to indulge every now and then when I feel like it (especially when chocolate is involved!).

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  • Kim July 9, 2010, 4:41 pm

    My fitness hump disappeared when I found motivation in new friends I made in my yoga class. Having those ladies hold me accountable and looking forward to seeing them has kept me at the gym consistently. We challenge each other and we look for opportunities to try new things together. It’s been great! If not for those ladies I’d probably be in a bigger funk than I am right now since I’ve been out of commission for a month due to a shoulder tear. Having them keep in touch despite not being in class and having them check up on me has been great! I should be back on Monday after 3 miraculous acupuncture treatments (who knew a needle in the ankle could help fix my shoulder!!) have helped me heal to a level where I can introduce activity back into my day!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:05 am

      Sorry you tore your shoulder :( I hope you heal up fast!

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  • Julie July 9, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I hit a fitness hump about 2 weeks ago. I felt like I was too “busy” to make it to the gym and it was SO hot in Missouri that I couldn’t run right after work and then got unmotivated by 8 pm when the best time was for a run. After seeing it on your blog, I purchased NMTZ on Amazon and started it this week! And last night after NMTZ I went for a walk and caught up with a long distance friend on the phone. Hopefully mixing NMTZ with walks and runs will help me stay out of my workout rut!

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  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils July 9, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Well, I don’t know that I’ve been doing fitness long enough to have a “hump” per se, but when I was trying to get into going to the gym, I signed up for some personal training sessions. Having something to hold myself accountable to made a big difference in making me go. Plus, it gave me more confidence in workouts.

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  • Kat July 9, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I think the best way to get over a fitness hump is to rework your fitness goals to take the pressure off. I just had a pretty big downslide in my fitness level, but trying to immediately get back to where I used to be was just wearing me out and getting really frustrating. Now I’m trying to break my goals up into smaller parts so that it doesn’t seem so daunting.

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  • Terese July 9, 2010, 4:43 pm

    My turning point came when I realized that alcohol calories were not only wasted, extra calories, but made my body so angry the next day.

    Once I stopped drinking too much I was able to workout harder and longer and lost weight without even trying!

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  • Cait July 9, 2010, 4:46 pm

    my turning point occurred when I realized that on the days that I ate “clean” and healthy, I didn’t need an afternoon coffee to keep my head from hitting my desk-I had energy throughout the day from eating well. that has reinforced my good eating habits, and they are (thankfully) more natural now.

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  • Hallie July 9, 2010, 4:46 pm

    i’m a month away from my first half marathon, and I’ve been really down on myself because it hasn’t gotten any “easier” like I thought it would. But I guess right now I’m just plugging through and trying my best, and I know that one way or another I’ll cross that finish line. Normally, when I hit a slump, I do a new type of activity or routine (I bought INSANITY to try after my half) but I can’t do that yet since I’m already registered for the hlaf! So right now I’m just waiting it out, seeing how these last 4.5 weeks of training go, and I’ll be ready for the next thing after that.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:07 am

      Its you’re first half – its not suppose to be easy :) That’s what makes crossing the finish line feel so freaking incredible!!! GOOD LUCK!

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  • Elizabeth July 9, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I started eating things like whole wheat bread and more fruit and veggies and it made me feel a lot better. :)

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  • Trista July 9, 2010, 4:47 pm

    My turning point came a few months go when I started reading health/fitness blogs. I was obsessed with calories in/calories out and was absolutely frustrated by how it began taking over my life. When I found blogs and watched Food Inc, I realized it’s more about the quality of food I put in my body, not just how many calories. Once I started eating quality, natural food, it’s no going back!

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  • laura July 9, 2010, 4:48 pm

    I think the best way to overcome a fitness hump is to have a plan and stick to it. I’m less likely to miss a workout if I’ve aleady worked it into my schedule. Having a training plan really helps because it keeps you focused and you don’t want to mess up your planned schedule.

    Thanks for your awesome blog!

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  • Lizz July 9, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Asked my better half to help me. He’s super-supportive and awesome. We had a long talk about where I was, how I thought I got there, and how we can move on together. It was perfect and more than I could have asked for from him.

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  • Amber July 9, 2010, 4:50 pm

    My fitness hump came when I was doing too much and not giving my body time to rest. I realized that taking two days off a week would help my body recover and I would come back even stronger!

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  • Ashley S July 9, 2010, 4:50 pm

    I overcame my fitness hump by hiring a personal trainer for a few weeks. Once I started seeing progress, I got my motivation back. She gave me a detailed workout plan and goals for each visit. :)

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  • Jenn July 9, 2010, 4:50 pm

    When I was doing P90X and reached the 60 day mark, I hit a wall. It was the longest exercise regiment I had ever done. To motivate myself, I went on Tony Horton’s FB fan page and looked at all the amazing before and after pictures and read true stories online. After that, I was back on the wagon.

    I also used to always drink soda and never drink water. As in literally never drinking water because I couldn’t stand the “taste” or lack thereof. However after reading Skinny Bitch, I really turned my eating habits around. I now rarely if ever drink soda or any sugar added beverages for that matter. I drink water like it’s going out of style and am eating much better now.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! Keep on blogging!

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  • Emily H July 9, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I only used to eat the occasional fast food meal, but I like the fact that nowadays, I don’t even like the taste of most processed foods, and I actually crave healthy stuff :)

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  • AB July 9, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I hit a turning point when I started enjoying exercising & eating healthy for how it makes me feel instead of how skinny it could make me.

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  • Holly M July 9, 2010, 4:53 pm

    To get over my hump I just did one of two things. One- take 2 days completely off or 2 ramp up my speedwork.

    Plus it might be the heat getting to you.

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  • Brenda July 9, 2010, 4:55 pm

    I feel like I’m in the process of hitting my turning point right now! I’ve been reading your blog for about a month. The choices you make in your daily eating habits have really inspired me. I’ve been eating more veggies, fruits, oats, and nut butters and I’m loving it! I’m no longer craving the foods that I once did and I’m satisfied when I eat so I’m not looking for that nighttime salty, crunchy snack. Many foods that I once loved are just not appealing to me now. I’m so happy that I fell upon your blog. I can’t wait to see, feel, experience where my healthy habits will take me!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:08 am

      Thank you!!! I can’t wait to hear where your habits take you either!!

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  • Annie July 9, 2010, 4:58 pm

    •On your journey to becoming a healthier and more balanced eater, did you ever hit a “turning point” where good habits became more natural? What kind of healthy swaps did you begin to make?

    I just began to notice how positive I feel about myself when I make the EFFORT! When I starve and restrict or binge every once in a while I’m not a happy girl.

    I journal and recently started keeping track of my exercise on Dailymile. The changes are starting now. I just ran my first 5K and am so so proud! I want to feel like this all the time. The best part… I can! Only I can make the change to do so though.

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  • Katey July 9, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Hmm….when did the healthy habits become natural? Most likely after I did a 30 day challenge to work out everyday (with light yoga as a rest day) and I also started subbing lighter salad dressings, 1/2 egg whites and 1/2 eggs in omelette, salads instead of fries (but i love my fries, so they sneak in there sometimes!!)

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  • Marci July 9, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Feeling the emotional differnce of being happy was huge for me and working out with my husband, eating healthy makes me feel good inside and out feel refreshed,and Focusing on the positives in my life is a huge help.

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  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 9, 2010, 5:00 pm

    I’m kinda in a fitness slump right now. I had my gallbladder taken out just 8 days ago and I was really worried that my fitness level would seriously decline, and it has some .. but this is how I plan on getting back on track. I plan to listen to my body, while still continuing to push my limits. I think thats a fine line to balance. You have to figure out what is physical and what is mental and seperate the two. Most of the days when I feel like I just can’t do what I know I use to be able to … I find that its truly just mental. My body is the same. Also you have to realize its July! A very very hot July. My endurance and speed were both alot better in the cooler months.

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  • Sara July 9, 2010, 5:01 pm

    To get over a fitness hump, go on vacation. Most likely you need a break from more than just the usual running routine. Mix it up. Go somewhere you’ve never been and get inspired. Then come back and you’ll be refreshed and ready to sweat.

    Also, you might want to do your speed runs in the morning before you have to “be at work”. I know you work at home but pretend your “boss” will “get mad” if you’re “late.” I go run my dogs in the morning because I have to be at work by 9 so I know I have to book it in order to get back and shower in time. Might help?!

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  • Rachel July 9, 2010, 5:01 pm

    My food turning point for me was when I realized I wasn’t craving fast food fries and burgers and it had been 6 months since I had had a combo meal from a drive through. Instead I was craving raw, fresh healthy foods, foods that I could make myself. It’s not necessarily substitutions for me, my body just craves different foods now. I tend to stick to the outsides of the grocery stores and stay away from the processed stuff. It’s slowly become a lifestyle change and I continue to try to make or realize changes daily to become a healthier person.

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  • maren July 9, 2010, 5:01 pm

    i find that having outside motivation and a really good playlist can help get over a fitness hump!

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  • Kristen July 9, 2010, 5:01 pm

    I am currently in a workout ditch right now! However I have decided to try doing little things such as vacumming when not need, dancing around with my ipod, and making extra trips up and down my stair from my apartment. Starting monday I will be going to the gym with a buddy and I am really hoping that will do the trick and I will just get back into the flow of things!

    Wish me luck!!!

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  • Sara C. July 9, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Joining a bootcamp with a great trainer and subscribing to fitness/food/health blogs as yours has helped me get over my hump!

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  • Denise July 9, 2010, 5:03 pm

    When I reached a speed “wall” I changed the play list on my i-pod to music that had a slightly faster tempo……it really worked! I just concentrated on keeping my feet in rhythm with the music and it didnt feel so grueling trying to run faster! Good Luck !

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  • Savvy July 9, 2010, 5:05 pm

    my turning point definitely came when i stopped eating healthy foods simply to reach a certain number on the scale. once i realized what cutting processed junk out of my diet did for my day-to-day mood – and how much better organic, natural food tastes – i finally fell in love with being healthy. and just like that, it suddenly became a lifestyle and not a quest to fit into a size two. i haven’t looked back (or stepped on a scale) since – and i feel better than i have in years :)

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  • Alison July 9, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I’ve started and stopped running so many times because I got discouraged. Last year I was about to do the same thing. I’d been doing Crossfit for a few months and just wasn’t having time to run at all. My friend convinced me to run a 5 mile race with her one Saturday and I was really afraid – in Crossfit the max I’d run is a broken up mile or two during a work out! I ran that race with faster mile times than I ever had before! Needless to say I stuck to my Crossfit and started running races again on the weekend – it seemed like I was “having my cake and eating it too” best of both worlds:-) I’m 8 months pregnant now but I definitely plan on getting over the next “hump” the same way:-)

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  • Valerie July 9, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I hit a fitness hump this past winter. I had 3 stress fractures in my shins and had to take 3 months off running. It was like torture at first, but then I began to enjoy it. My whole body seemed to need a break. Now I’m back, just ran a half marathon last weekend, and have another in 3 weeks. I’m also training for the Chicago marathon!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:09 am

      Good luck at Chicago!

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  • Allison L. July 9, 2010, 5:05 pm

    Recently I stopped drinking caffeine and switched to water for most of the day. My next goal is to eliminate artificial sweeteners. A few months ago, that felt impossible. Today, definitely possible! I love how small changes add up!

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  • jackie July 9, 2010, 5:07 pm

    In my journey to be healthier I noticed it became more natural once I enjoyed cooking with real foods and reading food blogs like yours!!!! I am always so excited to try out the new recipes I see. Meals became so much more enjoyable, I felt better afterwards and I had more energy.

    I love cooking and reading food blogs to find new and exciting recipes. I want to start my own food blog too but I am not quite ready to take that plunge! I hope soon though!!!

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  • Kelly July 9, 2010, 5:08 pm

    I get over humps by resting a few days. I interpret constant pain or discomfort as a sign that my body is yelling “chill out”! This at least gets me over my fitness hump, but I’ve been stuck in a running rut for a while now so I feel your pain.

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  • Melissa July 9, 2010, 5:08 pm

    When I hit my last fitness slump, I started looking at habits in my life related to fitness. Am I getting proper nutrition? Enough sleep? Am I taking time to do breathing exercises and reduce stress? Stress is a biggie. If I’m not taking care of my body, then I definitely can’t push it to new heights.

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  • Gina G July 9, 2010, 5:09 pm

    i just started small and began switching more and more things. JIF to natural pb, to maranatha almond butter, etc. :)

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  • Sandra July 9, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I hit a turning point when I realized I wasn’t happy with some crappy/junk snack options I had and really, really wanted a piece of fruit. It was weird at the time but not it is totally normal to me!

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  • Dara July 9, 2010, 5:10 pm

    i found an old pair of pants that were too small.. and that was ALOT of motivation!

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  • mm July 9, 2010, 5:10 pm

    like many other commenters, when I hit a fitness hump I either change my routine, or I just change my focus a little bit in the same activity so that I don’t get discouraged and stop completely.
    On a random side note – I own that exact same Built NY lunch bag. I’ve had it for over 2 years, and I love it! :)

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  • Nikole July 9, 2010, 5:11 pm

    As I have tried to become a more conscious eater I try to eat more “real foods” and less “food products”. It has become so normal in our house that my husband has started using those terms and has started eating healthier on the road, he travels every week for work. I think this has made such a difference. It was more expensive at first but over time has forced us to become more creative in our cooking and we use everything we buy instead of throwing away “crap”.

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  • Carly July 9, 2010, 5:13 pm

    My turning point was having a “real” breakfast, usually oatmeal for most of the year. Before I rediscovered oatmeal, I would usually have something light or nothing at all, as I am really not as hungry in the beginning of the day. I think that my real breakfasts have allowed me to really get the most out of my day now!

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  • Traci July 9, 2010, 5:16 pm

    “If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it? ”
    Answer:
    I started a blog, its keeping me accountable. :)

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  • Amanda July 9, 2010, 5:16 pm

    My turning point was when I came back from my sophomore year of college 15lbs overweight, even though I played a sport! I realized I needed to change my eating habits; I started with smaller portions so I could transition easily and still eat some of my fave foods, then I started eating healthier and healthier!

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  • Steph July 9, 2010, 5:16 pm

    My turning point in my healthy eating was when I went several weeks without having any stomach aches and I had so much more energy. It finally hit me why, and I haven’t turned back since! Some swaps I have made include using Ezekiel Bread and wraps as well as veggie burgers. Love your blog!

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  • Dani July 9, 2010, 5:17 pm

    My healthy eating turning point was no longer craving fast food, and instead, craving the groceries I had bought for myself at home. I had always been a fast food eater, Taco Bell and McDonalds being my faves. And one day last year, I was out and got hungry, ten minutes away from home. I had a choice, make a run to the Mickey D’s or wait. And i waited, and felt so much better about myself. That was the first time that had ever happened, and Im happy to say it wasn’t the last.

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  • Gina July 9, 2010, 5:18 pm

    Ugggh, I am at a fitness hump right now. I was into running this winter and was doing a decent job building up my mileage and speed, but fell off the wagon this spring. The problem is I really love power yoga and consistently chose that over cardio. I’ve started adding more cardio to my routine over the past 2-3 weeks and it just seems soooo hard. It’s very discouraging and I hope I can get to where I was and eventually surpass soon!!! Good luck on your goals:)

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  • sirenjess July 9, 2010, 5:18 pm

    My turning point began four years ago. The first swap I made was eating an actual breakfast and giving up coffee. I used to drink coffee for breakfast every morning and I would pour so much sugar into the cup it was really disgusting. I gradually started to introduce more veggies and fruits into my meals. Now it just seems so natural to eat healthier. When I go somewhere and I’m not able to get in my veggies and fruits I want to freak out, but I have to remind myself that I can always get them in later. I also gave up a lot of processed foods. I’ve been eating like this now for about four years and I won’t ever go back to my old ways.

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  • Rachel July 9, 2010, 5:19 pm

    I have learned that the more exercise you put into your body, the more it craves it. It’s the same with food. That’s why it’s so hard for people to give up bad food despite the fact they feel awful, and it’s killing them. They are literally addicted. And, you can make yourself get addicted to endorphines. So, when I start to wane with cardio or whatever I’m doing, I make myself do it every day for three weeks. I tell myself it’s just three weeks to get through it. Experts say it takes three weeks to form a habit, or an exercise addiction. So, to get your workouts to be more intense, push yourself for three weeks, even in little ways, until your body again gets addicted to intense cardio.

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  • Caroline July 9, 2010, 5:19 pm

    Caitlin, I realize I’m one of the later commenters but I hope you’re still able to see this. When I am in a rut with my runs, paces, etc., I find it best to get a buddy at my pace or a pace close to mine. Running with a buddy is so much easier and can get competitive. I was running with a buddy the other day and we were hitting this pace that seems really hard for me alone but it was SO EASY with my running buddy. Another thing is that running more miles, even just slow, slow miles will make you a better runner. Slow runs increase the number of mitochondria in your cells (energy producers), make your blood vessels branch out for more efficiency, etc. It’s actually recommended for really competitive 5K runners to do 45-70 miles per week. You can run your speedy 5K without that, but I have really thrived on more mileage. So I might recommend finding a running buddy and increasing training volume. Ice baths and rolling on a foam roller might help with quad soreness. Good luck!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:12 am

      of course i’ll see it! i read every comment. :)

      i’m definitely trying to get in my long mileage too – cool to know about the mitochondria!

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  • Woman&Warrior July 9, 2010, 5:20 pm

    My healthy eating turning point (one of many!) happened a few months ago while my Mom was in the hospital. In order to stay and take good care of her, I had to really flex what was offered in the cafeteria. I avoided pre-packaged, processed foods–somehow the juxtaposition of seeing Mom struggle to eat, made me want to eat only the best food, that was real fuel.

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  • Gracie (complicated day) July 9, 2010, 5:20 pm

    To get over a fitness hump I take care to stretch and ice to keep my muscles fresh…and I skip heels. Standing in heels gives me tired legs for the next day’s run! Then I set specific goals with small steps and time frames for completions.

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  • Lindsey July 9, 2010, 5:20 pm

    My fitness humps tend to be just stopping exercising because life gets in the way- taking time out for a workout just doesn’t seem possible. Making sure to put the fun in a workout reminds me to make it a priority- because it’s something that I want to do, not just “have” to or “should” do.

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  • Molly @fuelherup July 9, 2010, 5:21 pm

    My only advice is to just stick with it! Eventually the soreness will go away- this is your first time really doing strength training and cardio together – of course it’s going to be hard! Good luck!

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  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 9, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Your GM looks so fizzy!

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 5:23 pm

    My turning point was realizing that I don’t need to stop being ME. After trying to figure out what “healthy food” really is, I came to the conclusion that if I love what I eat and do so responsibly, that is what “healthy” is! So I decided to pay more attention to what went in my body, how it reacted to some things rather than others… and so begun the spiral into a healthy lifestyle!

    I started listening to my body in every way: I listened to my body when I exercised – if it got bored with one regimen, I’d change it up; I listened to my body’s reactions to all sorts of foods – some things I used to think I loved to eat were actually empty, nutrition-less foods; in the end, I realized my tastes changed to actually craving more “whole” foods!

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  • kristin July 9, 2010, 5:23 pm

    when i started my journey to a healthier life, i pushed myself hard to get to the gym. then one day, i realized i loved going to the gym and it wasnt such a chore anymore!

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  • Courtney July 9, 2010, 5:25 pm

    I think now that Im heathier Im happier and its much easier to workout!

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  • Camille July 9, 2010, 5:26 pm

    My turning point that made everything easier was when I realized that losing weight/being healthy doesn’t mean deprivation! It means taking care of your health and cravings. Chocolate doesn’t kill, but I firmly believe that deprivation does!

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  • elissa July 9, 2010, 5:27 pm

    When I went back to nursing school, my workouts becamoe the last thing on my “to do” list. When I graduated in May, it was like starting all over again with running. I started out from the beginning, one mile at a time. I ran 1-3 miles for my first month back. I’ve finally built back up to 8-10 mile runs now, but it was difficult to get back in the grove of running. I’m hoping when I heaad back to school in January, I won’t like running slip through the cracks.

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  • sara July 9, 2010, 5:27 pm

    whenever I feel like I at a fitness hump I usually take a chance to reavaluate my goals and try something new!

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  • Kelley July 9, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Hi! Those splits are still impressive! I always hit a hump after a marathon or half marathon. It’s mind over matter to get moving fast again!

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  • MaryZ July 9, 2010, 5:29 pm

    I just got over a hump and it was not easy! I had to get out of doing the same work out day after day. I was running a lot but at a constant rate. I started doing reversal intervals…sprint for 1 min, recover for 30 secs or you could sprint for .25 miles recover for half of that distance for 20 minutes only. It’s really hard! But once you do a couple work outs like this, it gets easier and I found the few lbs I had gained dropped and my long runs were so easy. Switching your work outs up makes a huge difference. Good luck! I’m sure it won’t be long and your level will return:)

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  • Hannah July 9, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I don’t know if this is any consolation or will help your fitness goals, but I admire you for being so refreshingly honest about your struggles. Seeing you do so many fitness events got me jealous because it seemed like you were a superwoman! Obviously you aren’t (which is good!) because you struggles just like the “rest of us”. As you said, we can’t always improve, because improving includes plateaus or getting ‘weaker’ here and there. That’s life, right? So I really appreciate your honesty!!!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:13 am

      I’m a human being! Hehehe. :) Thank you for the sweet comment.

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  • Ellen July 9, 2010, 5:33 pm

    I get sick of working out a lot.. like, every other week. I just have to keep trying new things. Sometimes I do yoga all week, then I run all week, then I will be a gym rat for a while. I have learned to just roll with it.

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  • Amy H July 9, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Funny you should broach this topic today, as I am currently in a rut. I have a problem where I am consistent with my training for 3-4 weeks and then all of the sudden, I can’t (or won’t) do it anymore. I get to where I can run consistent sub-9 min/mi and then I, as you said, “crash and burn.” My times slow significantly and I no longer feel like working out. I have done marathons and halfs in the past, but I almost always hit those bumps in the road no matter what. I am currently experimenting with incorporating more weightlifting in my routine on days where I’m just not feeling the run. We shall see.

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  • Tracy July 9, 2010, 5:35 pm

    I started my weight-loss journey in Israel 3 years ago, and have lost 136 pounds since then. I remember very clearly waking up one morning a few years ago and realizing how different things had become–I was CRAVING fruits and veggies instead of fast foods and refined carbs. It was an amazing realization that I had not only become a slimmer person, but a healthier, happier one as well :)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:14 am

      Congrats on losing 136 pounds!

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  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama July 9, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I don’t remember where my “turning point” was for healthier eating. I started changing things slowly at first. My first changes were omitting anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and MSG. It was amazing to see how much better my how family felt after just eliminating these two things. It was encouraging and I was motivated to continue researching and learning more about healthy food choices. Our goal is to eat whole foods. :)

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  • Runner July 9, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I think I hit a turning point when I stopped restricting my food intake and allowed myself more freedom because, after all, I was working hard at running and exercising and my body needed it. I started to eat more fresh fruits and veggies and natural foods and swapped out artificial sweeteners and processed foods. I feel so much more energized and clean!

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  • jvegegirl July 9, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Yeah, I’ve experienced some fitness humps :). I just go ahead and find a good race or goal to work towards…and have at it!

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  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise July 9, 2010, 5:39 pm

    I’ve definitely hit a turning point – I now only have meat about once a week and I’ve stopped using all sweetners… I just enjoy food in it’s more natural state now and I do it all without really thinking twice – makes life and my health a lot easier! :)

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  • Courtney July 9, 2010, 5:40 pm

    When I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with my exercise I change it up and start doing something new. It usually motivates me enough to get back into it!!

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  • Amy July 9, 2010, 5:41 pm

    my husband works outside and we live in the deep south. So during the summer time when it is REALLY hot and the humidity is suffocatingly thick and I don’t have the energy to get in the heat to run, I simply tell myself that if he can work in this heat all day, then I can definitely run for 30 mins to an hour. WORKS EVERYTIME!

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  • Jessica M. July 9, 2010, 5:42 pm

    since graduating high school, i gradually put on over 100lbs; so i began my journey to being healthier by changing my food habits. i read alot about nutrition; consulted nutritionists’ texts to understand what and how much i should be eating. but that did not do me any good, as i struggled with feeling ill when i did change my diet to include only whole grains and when i had any pasta/bread i only ate whole grain wheat. i began to feel really ill all the time. 1 year and 1/2 ago i was diagnosed by naturopathic docter with having a gluten intolerance, otherwise known as celiac. since eliminating that from my diet, i feel clearer, more energentic and my efforts in the gym are so much easier (with a 50 lbs weight loss and still going). so by all means, i tell people you are not feeling well on a consistant basis , there is a reason. be persistant with doctors, two general mds and one naturopath later i was free from my struggles with food !!!(i did not know that was the problem by the way!)

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  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 9, 2010, 5:42 pm

    My biggest turning point was realizing that healthy living is not an all or nothing thing. You can splurge here and there. Sometimes you will eat a burger. And the world does not end, haha. A healthy life is one that is balanced.

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  • Annie July 9, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I’m in the middle of a fitness hump! I’m trying to run a longer distance, but I keep stopping at the same point. Today, I told myself I could do two more blocks and then I did. Speed work is another story. I’m sloooow.

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  • kathleen July 9, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Research Research Research, whatever it is that I am having a hard time with, I start plugging things in the search box until something jumps out at me and a try, try try til something works. Determination and motivation. i try to continue to switch it up.

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  • Katie in DC July 9, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I’m all about encouraging myself with mini goals: one second faster, one minute longer, one extra block. Soon enough the mind games are unnecessary and I’m over the hump.

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  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 9, 2010, 5:52 pm

    If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it?

    Knowing that I want to be healthy and life a long life not only for myself but for my family and future children. If I don’t take care of my body how am I supposed to take care of my family?

    Therefore, I strive to be physically active everyday and try new things when my routine gets dull.

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  • elaine July 9, 2010, 5:52 pm

    i love the second question because it surprises me everyday how natural it felt to transition from being a daily meat eater to vegetarian. to be honest, i never in a million years thought i could give up meat. i just loved it that much. then one day i decided to start eating more salads and before i even realized it i had cut out meat and wasn’t craving it at all! i think this just shows the kind of wonderful change that can happen once you start listening to your body :)

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  • Maria (realfitmama) July 9, 2010, 5:55 pm

    In my “life long” quest to become healthier it really wasn’t until the birth of my first daughter that I had my turning point. I was at my heaviest weight, lowest fitness level and felt like sh*t!!

    When I saw that baby and knew that if things didn’t change I was in for serious trouble and bad health patterns for her to follow I made changes immediately.

    Exercise started slowly by walking, but I was committed and did it at least 4 times a week. I still hate weight training, but do it because I know I need to.

    The eating habits changed drastically in the first year of her life and by the time she was 1.5 years old we were both vegetarian after I was raised on McDonald’s, Domino’s and my grandfather being a cattle rancher.

    I feel better, stronger, healthier and all around happier now than I ever have in my life. It also helps knowing that my girls (I have 2 now) are being shown a healthy way of life by me – their mother.

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  • Meghan July 9, 2010, 5:56 pm

    The only way I have found to get over the hump is to start training for something else!

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  • Ellie July 9, 2010, 5:57 pm

    As dumb as it sounds, I think one important “tipping point” was when I got much better at buying chips. I used to buy and eat an entire bag of Kettle Chips at once (the 5oz kind) about once a week or at least once every two weeks, for a couple years in college. I never felt guilty about this, but it was more frequently than I wanted, I had to force myself NOT to buy chips a couple times but now I only buy them about once every two months! I still can eat the bag in only one or two sittings though :D

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:17 am

      My trick with chips and whatnot is to buy the smaller bags when I do buy them. If I buy the bulk bags I CANNOT STOP eating them. LOL!

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  • Jaclyn July 9, 2010, 6:01 pm

    I think everyone encounters fitness peaks and dips–as you said, LIFE happens, you couldn’t have said it better! I definitely feel like I can get in to or out of a routine of healthy eating, working out regularly, doing hot yoga. Then enter a vacation or some reason for me to stop for a while–to slip–and I can feel the “dip”. Don’t worry though, you have it in you, we all know you do, and it will come back!!

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  • Jen July 9, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I have definitely hit fitness humps, the way that I get over them is to read healthy living blogs and get inspired by all of the fabulous women out in blogland! After that, I find it better to find a friend who is sharing the same sort of fitness goal and to work out with them. I seem to be more motivated when working out with a friend – it’s the perfect combination of support and competition.

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  • Johnna July 9, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Love your blog as well! In order to get through those tough times, I try to find motivation from all sources – new playlists, prevention magazine, new exercises or classes, & even new foods. As a breast cancer survivor (dx at age 29), I try to embrace all the days I have, get outside & enjoy everything God has in store for me :D

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:18 am

      You rock for beating cancer!

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  • Freja July 9, 2010, 6:11 pm

    My fitness hump last summer was when I got the dreadful injury that is achilles tendonitis! UGH. Sidelined me from running for 2 months. But the positive aspect of this was that I had to focus on other types of exercise that kept me off my feet, like biking and pilates, both of which strengthened my core which was pretty much non-existent prior to my injury. Anyway, I would recommend just mixing up your exercise and adding in little pieces of cross training here and there that will supplement your training and also keep things fresh. Good luck, and your giveaway is UH-MAZING. :) :)

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  • Lisa July 9, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Try swimming! I love it and it’s a great summer workout.

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I’m actually in that same fitness rut as you! I always stay committed and focused during training times, but currently I don’t have anything on the books. And I’ve noticed my knees seem to ache more, which has never been the case. I’m hoping iceing between workouts will do the trick.

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Oh YES I’ve hit fitness bumps! :) We all have and we all will! I suppose that’s the moment where you’re tested the most : keep going and it gets better. It is the MOST discourging for sure, but you know that you can and you WILL get through it! best wishes to you! :) Just think while doing it : I know I can ! I Know I CAN!

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  • Monica July 9, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I recently had a fitness hump. They’re not fun. I find that the best way to get over them, is to just get up, and go exercise! Really, even just putting on the workout gear and going for a 5 minute jog, which usually will turn into a 20+ minute jog. I love those! Sitting there and saying, ‘tomorrow…’ usually doesn’t do the trick. Everyone has their bumps now and then.

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  • Lindsey July 9, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Whenever I hit a hump while working out I give myself mental pep talks. I tell myself that I can do anything for 5 more minutes (or however long it takes.) I encourage myself by repeating “Every step makes you stronger!” “You’re doing amazing!” and “Almost there! You rock!” Sounds dumb, but it works!

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  • Britney July 9, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I got over my fitness hump by starting to train for a 5k. I can now run 25 minutes in one go and I feel so much more confident about what I can tackle. I even signed up for my first 10k in October (and I have two more weeks of Couch to 5k to go!).

    It also helped to find out that I had an old friend who also recently tackled running – she’s currently training for a half-marathon, and she signed up for that 10k with me.

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  • Megan July 9, 2010, 6:19 pm

    I just realize that doing just a little bit is better than nothing. Also things I do as leisure, such as bike rides, can be amped up to work outs in no time!

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  • laurie July 9, 2010, 6:19 pm

    whole wheat and whole grains sawpped for any refined product, and making an effort to eat vegetables at both lunch and dinner, and fruit at LEAST once!

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  • Baby Blue July 9, 2010, 6:20 pm

    I’m getting over my fitness hump by scheduling it on my calendar! If its in the little boxes, it has to be done, no two ways about it.

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  • Janna July 9, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Fitness Hump-right now some friends and I are creating a challenge to keep us accountable…little competition never hurt :)

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  • Jess July 9, 2010, 6:23 pm

    To get over fitness humps, I read blogs like yours, old issues of Runner’s World, and take some time to spend with family and friends. That combination usually does the trick for me.

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  • Tracy July 9, 2010, 6:25 pm

    My eating ‘turning point’ was actually chocolate! I have a major sweet tooth, so restricting my sugar intake has been brutal! I’ve restricted myself to only good dark chocolate, (or cocoa powder with very little sugar). Imagine my surprise when I took a bit of my friends milk chocolate bar, and found it too sweet!!! (never thought that would happen!)

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  • Jessica July 9, 2010, 6:26 pm

    Fitness Hump: I write out my week’s fitness plan on sticky notes and place them all over the house–in my bathroom, on the fridge and even in my car! I am constantly reminded of my goals. It’s kinda like operation beautiful :)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:19 am

      Sticky notes are awesome!

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  • laura July 9, 2010, 6:27 pm

    whenever i need to get over a fitness hump, i try and vary my workouts/find a new way to workout that engages me. sometimes all you need is something new to spice up your workout!

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  • Amelia July 9, 2010, 6:28 pm

    When I hit a fitness hump (the past three weeks I have been off my fitness schedule because of the stomach flu & epstein barr virus has made me sleepy…) I kick my own butt back into shape! Tomorrow my husband is joining me on a lengthy walk/jog to remind my body I feel way better when I exercise reguarly. Monday we will be jumping back on the Couch to 5k program as well :)

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  • Meg July 9, 2010, 6:29 pm

    I hit a fitness hump a while back-and to be honest the thing that really helped me was my husband. He kept encouraging me to do it and push through and it’s really helped. I can now run faster and farther and I know it’s all because of his encouraging words!

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  • tobi July 9, 2010, 6:33 pm

    i definitely reached a turning point where i actually looked forward to eating fruits and veggies instead of processed, packaged foods! i knew i had turned my changes into an actual “lifestyle” when i started craving fresh, natural foods!

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  • Paige July 9, 2010, 6:34 pm

    I got into a slump when I had a gym in my apartment building…it was just so convenient that it was almost easier to make excuses and not go. Weird, I know. If I did go, I often just watched TV and “phoned it in.” Anyway, I moved out of that building and now I’m back to hitting the gym 5-6 times a week and it’s fabulous.

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  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 9, 2010, 6:35 pm

    I wanted to ask you (I don’t know if you’ll ever see it amongst the sea of other comments but …) Did the navigation feature just take you back the exact way you came? or does it have a way to find the shortest route back? I got lost once with my Garmin but I had already run something like 6 miles and I didn’t want to do 12 so I eventually found my way back, but I was just curious for future reference.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:23 am

      It takes you back to start via tracking the entire route…. but I used the compass to find a shortcut. :)

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  • Nicole July 9, 2010, 6:36 pm

    When I get into a slump with exercise, I always change it up! Maybe start on the elliptical for a while, walk a bit, and then get into my run! Works for me :)

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  • Carly July 9, 2010, 6:37 pm

    My turning point after becoming a healthy eater was when I realized I was addicted to water! I drink tons of water and carry it everywhere with me. I can have the most unhealthy weekend but I still always end up drinking about 3 liters of water a day.

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  • kayla July 9, 2010, 6:37 pm

    I hit a couple fitness humps while training for my marathon due to a very bad back. What seemed to work for me was knowing that these ‘humps’ are all part of the journey and will eventually make me stronger all while keep the end goal in mind. I focused on maintaining a positive attitude by realizing that every little bit helps and I made to marathon day and ran the entire way without stopping or walking once. Just keep positive. You have done it before and you can do it again, but remember that the reason you are doing this is for a healthier you so in the big aspect of things time and distance are just numbers.

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  • Silvia July 9, 2010, 6:39 pm

    When I get to a hump, I remind myself that I am working out for myself, and it always gets me out of bed in the morning.

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  • Amanda J. July 9, 2010, 6:40 pm

    My turning point came from a really bad picnic situation. The office was having a lunchtime BBQ and none of the sides were healthy. At first I was focused on everything I COULDN’T eat, but I instantly felt better about my decision when I realized I COULD eat that stuff, but I just didn’t want to. After I was able to put a positive spin on the situation, I felt a lot better and everything came more natural.

    Healthy swaps for me included fresh strawberry slices instead of jelly on my PB&Js, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, vinegar based dressings instead of fatty/creamy ones…and I am sure a dozen more that I read on this blog somewhere! :o)

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  • Stefanie July 9, 2010, 6:40 pm

    I’m going through the “fitness hump” thing right now too. My solution is to give myself a new challenge. I just ordered and received Chalene Johnson’s Turbofire and I’m hoping that will give me the boost I need!! The heat certainly doesn’t help if you have an outdoor running goal!! Just keep on keepin’ on! :)

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  • tina July 9, 2010, 6:42 pm

    I just went back to work so my fitness routine has hit a big HUMP. I’m trying to add family activities to get it going again.

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  • Amanda July 9, 2010, 6:49 pm

    fitness humps…yep, been there…probably there right now.
    After a series of medical issues where lots of medicine was involved (and I couldn’t exercise much) I had to retrain my body and start from almost stratch. Running one mile was difficult at first. I am also doing NO MORE TROUBLE ZONES and it totally kicks by butt every time. I guess my suggestion is to try not and get frustrated…just one foot in front of the other. At least you have a healthy body that can run and exercise.

    Regarding

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  • Tracy July 9, 2010, 6:49 pm

    I’ve found setting mini goals to get over a fitness hump works best for me!

    I love Athenos Feta!

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  • Tay July 9, 2010, 6:51 pm

    I seem to be in the same position as you lately. As I’m beginning to build my endurance back up, I’m running farther, but my runs don’t seem to be getting any easier at all. Plus, I want to start adding in lower body strength. But I was so sore after this week’s workout…it was a hard run yesterday due to the sore muscles from squats!

    Sorry I don’t really have any pointers :-/ Maybe try doing the strength 2 days a week and running 2-3 days? Or opposite.

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  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss!!! July 9, 2010, 6:51 pm

    I have hit so many HUMPS in my “losing weight, eating healthier and fitness journey” that I last track of the number of them! =O In fact, I feel like I have been on one for a year now. As I hit my 100 pound weight loss mark last summer and here is is a year later and I still haven’t lost the 15+ pounds I have left to lose…….but I just keep going forward and eventually I will pass that hump and get there! =)

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  • JT (The Faux Foodie Girl) July 9, 2010, 6:52 pm

    To get over a slump I remind myself that I can start all over again NOW and every little thing makes a difference.

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  • M.E. July 9, 2010, 6:54 pm

    after encountering a huge obstacle when I injure my leg I tell myself “do what you can”

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  • Kate July 9, 2010, 6:55 pm

    I stopped drinking soda and started drinking tons of water–made a huge difference! I also focused on adding fruits and veggies and trying new fresh foods rather than mourning the fact that I was eating less processed food–made me feel so much better! :)

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  • Elliott July 9, 2010, 6:57 pm

    When I get in a rut I switch up my sport. If I’ve been running for a while, I go rock climbing. Nothing like completely changing your muscle groups to get you going again!

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  • Cellabella July 9, 2010, 7:02 pm

    When I’m in a fitness hump, I take it as a sign that my body and mind needs a break and change of scenery. I normally lighten up on the amount and intensity of my activity and try to do something different – yoga classes, play soccer with my dog, swim in the pool. I remind myself that exercise should be enjoyable, it should add to my life and make me happy, not frustrated!

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  • Holly July 9, 2010, 7:04 pm

    Sometimes when I’m in a slump, I realize it’s because my body NEEDS to be there. It NEEDS a break. You cannot possibly be in peak fitness ALL the time. Bodies are not made to live in that extreme. I think listening to my body is the best thing I can do at points when I feel in a slump. (BTW, I am a marathoner and have learned this through many years of too much training!)

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  • Abby S. July 9, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Honestly when i feel like im in a rut and need to get over the hump i look to you and other bloggers for inspiration! I usually try to change up my workout .. anything is better than nothing!

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  • Tina July 9, 2010, 7:07 pm

    I tend to train on my own because my travel schedule for work can get a bit hectic, but the last time I hit one of these little humps I committed to a training group – not a large one, just 4 other people who really motivate me and help me mix up my routine so that I stay interested and moving forward! Never thought I would do the group thing, but I am grateful every morning (even at 5am)!

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  • ashleigh July 9, 2010, 7:09 pm

    what a sweet giveaway!!!

    I get over fitness humps by doing something else… so far instance I struggled with running and took up spin instead. I still run but only do it when I feel like it

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  • Dominique July 9, 2010, 7:11 pm

    I’m just catching up on your posts (I’ve been away for a bit, cooling off at the BF’s) and all the photos of your food are making me super hungry! Now I can’t decide what to eat…an AB+J sandwich or a wrap of some sort. For some reason I also want pasta or a baked sweet potato. I’m going to see what the fridge has in store.

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  • Juli D. July 9, 2010, 7:11 pm

    I’ve hit a lull before – and usually I get over it by giving into it for a bit. It’s usually more of a burnout, so I give myself a break for a few weeks. After a rest, I’ll get back in the grove by signing up for a race – that always keeps me motivated. Maybe keep your goals short-term (weekly?) and reward yourself when you meet those goals. Or maybe just reevaluate your current routine – maybe subbing yoga for NMTZ would allow your body to feel better.

    What would happen if you left your Garmin at home for a run (and knew the route)? I find that my runs seem harder when I know exactly how far I’ve gone and my pace. Maybe just try the old fashioned stop watch to see how you do overall on a 5K practice run instead of breaking down each mile.

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  • nicole July 9, 2010, 7:14 pm

    To get over a fitness hump I switch it up! Get some new music or clothes and try a different class or run with a friend.

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  • Danika July 9, 2010, 7:19 pm

    •If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it?

    - Simple! I never gave up. Even when I was feeling at the end of my rope, I reminded myself that I am STILL having fun in the proccess. Therefore, I got over my fustrations and embraced what my body can and will do!

    Happy Running! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  • Angelina July 9, 2010, 7:20 pm

    Within the past 6 months my eating habits have become more naturally healthier mainly because I am more aware. I stopped focusing so much on calories ( I am at my feel good weight and dont need to lose any weight) and I started focusing on the ingredients in my food choices. My boyfriend and I moved in together a few months ago and on our first grocery shopping trip I noticed him looking at the ingredients in foods he typically eats and deciding not to purchase them because of the poor ingredients! We have just graduated from college and are about to start grad school and law school so we dont have a lot of money, but are working hard to eat well while not spending a lot of money. Its becoming so fun and natural for not just me, but him as well! Its wonderful!

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  • Vanessa July 9, 2010, 7:23 pm

    I take classes at a local gym and lost 22lbs in 6 weeks doing Zumba but when I slacked off and stopped losing, I started taking different classes. I’m now on a Pilates kick. My body seems to love the change because I’m back to losing again!

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  • Katie July 9, 2010, 7:25 pm

    The healthiest eating habit that I still work with every day is MODERATION. Being a healthy “freak” when it came to food only led to bad choices as my body and mind rebelled against myself for being so restrictive. But mastering the art of moderation allows me to maintain a healthy balance while not depriving myself of what my body sometimes truly needs and wants.

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  • Alissa July 9, 2010, 7:27 pm

    The best way to get over a slump is to change up your routine or try out a new form of exercise. You need to challenge your body but you also need to listen to it, so maybe just slow it down for a bit.

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  • Runeatrepeat July 9, 2010, 7:27 pm

    I would overcome a fitness hump by getting my head in the game and watching a motivational movie :)

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  • Macrae July 9, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I try not to dwell on the fact that I have a hump to pass. If I keep doing what I know is what is on track, eventually I look back and realize I’m at the point where I was wishing to be!

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  • Janine July 9, 2010, 7:29 pm

    I try to get over a slump with the something is better than nothing motto, and usually I am able to fall back into a regular workout schedule.

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  • Emily July 9, 2010, 7:35 pm

    I found a running plan in a magazine and am sticking to it. I put it somewhere I can see every day, and so far, I’ve kept up with it!

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  • *Andrea* July 9, 2010, 7:38 pm

    i get in fitness ruts A LOT! to get over the hump i usually try and do something new, like a HIIT workout, a beginner’s yoga class or a new DVD!

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  • Joanna July 9, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Love the blog Caitlin and your recent posts have been great! I love everything move and design related. To get over a fitness hump I was having (felt like I was running all the time and not improving) I began the couch to 10k plan. Having the program stare me in the face forced me to get out and do it. It was also easy to see how I improved with each week.

    Those giveaway items made me drool!

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  • Lori July 9, 2010, 7:45 pm

    I’m in the process of turning my habits around, and what I’m really concentrating on right now is buying lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods as much as possible. I am actively avoiding sugar, making my own salad dressings, and using a lot of strong flavors like lemon and lime, hot peppers etc. to put that “kick” into my meals.

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  • Joanna July 9, 2010, 7:45 pm

    I realize that now if I sit down to a meal without a fruit or veggie I feel incomplete!

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  • Lauren_85 July 9, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Hi Caitlin! To stay motivated during a fitness hump, I definitely take a step back and reevaluate my goals. I’m actually going through a very similar situation as you are, and I found that breaking my large goal into smaller, more achievable ones has worked wonders. Instead of trying to increase my physical fitness, I set specific speedwork goals that I am achieving. Hope it can work for you!

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  • Amber July 9, 2010, 7:49 pm

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!! One could say I think it’s absolutely EPIC!! :) I experienced an total healthy lifestyle makeover about a year ago. I started out by eating tons of salads but always justified to myself that I could keep the processed, heavy, “not so great for you” dressings because I was eating salad. However, over time I started to use less and less dressing and about 6 months in I stopped craving them altogether. It felt like they were drowning out the flavor of the delicious, fresh vegetables. Now, I am a “little drizzle of olive oil” kind of girl. Crazy to think how far I have come!!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:27 am

      Heheh excellent use of the word epic!

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  • Kath July 9, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I keep telling you I’m going to run you hard next week!!!! :)

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  • Maggie July 9, 2010, 7:54 pm

    usually when i am in a workout rut, or just simply over my routine, I just try and ramp it up the next day. Usually if i get a really good, sweaty, kick yo’ butt workout in it keeps me motivated to keep going :)

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  • Zoe July 9, 2010, 7:56 pm

    I think one of my healthy “swaps” wasn’t really a swap, it was more of a personal discovery. I love bread. LOVE IT. I’ve always known this, but for some reason for years I thought I could live on a low carb diet…wrong. About a year ago (when I started being more vegetarian) I started to learn how stupid my low carb craze was.

    My healthy swap- grilled chicken for thick slices of whole wheat bread. Mmmm.

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 7:56 pm

    when i’m in a rut i like to find a new type of exercise to keep me motivated and energized – which is how i found how much i loved yoga!

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  • Sarah Spellman July 9, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I am currently in a fitness hump. I just try to take things a day at a time, and surround myself with healthy people, and healthy things to read (Like your blog! <3)

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  • Tyler July 9, 2010, 7:59 pm

    I try to incorporate the less is more philosophy. I’ll get a caramel latte but get skim milk, no whip, less caramel. I’ll use a full flavor dressing on my salad, but use less. Same with cheese, even though it’s realllly hard! Staying on track can be tricky, but it’s so worth it in the end!

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  • Baylee July 9, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Whenever I hit a fitness slump – it takes me a while to get over it. First step – I check my eating habits. Usually, when im feeling overly tired, winded, etc..its usually because of how im eating, or im dehydrated. 2nd step – give it time. work at it. keep pushing. dont give up. sometimes i write quote like ‘what doesnt kill me, only makes me stronger’ on my arm. dont be too hard on yourself though – running in a different environnment can take a toll too, as well as the stress you have recently been under from moving, traveling, weddings, etc, etc, etc. make sure you take some time to relax and rest, it may be just what you need.

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  • Toni July 9, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I signed up for a half marathon to get over my fitness hump!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 9, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve really ever hit a hump, but sometimes I’ll find my runs one week to be a lot tougher than usual, which really discourages me. But I tell myself that the only way to get better is just to keep chugging away at it. :)

    Have fun with your mom this weekend!

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  • Jenn July 9, 2010, 8:03 pm

    When I hit a hump, I normally take a break until I feel like my MOOD is back in the game. Usually once that clicks into place everything else seems to improve too. Sometimes I just need a little time off to re-evaluate.

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  • Danica July 9, 2010, 8:03 pm

    When I hit a slump, I just grab my dog and take him for a walk and get movin’! it just motivates me to keep on going!

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  • Maria July 9, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Woah! Lots of great comments in here.

    My Healthy Tipping Point is almost difficult to admit. When I finally woke up after years of working out and trying to “eat healthy” (you know, 100 calorie packs and turkey jerky), and obsessing over my scale weight, it hit me. One morning, I stepped on the scale and got really, really excited over a half pound loss. I repeat, I was oh so happy over A HALF POUND LOSS. Definitely some unhealthy thinking there. After I did my little “I just lost a half pound dance”, it occurred to me just how silly/crazy/ridiculous that was! The next day I hid the scale, looked up some food/health blogs and started a new chapter. My life is now filled with positive thinking (my legs aren’t short and stubby, they are petite and strong), Green Monsters, eating whole unprocessed foods, and doing workouts I enjoy, not dread. I can’t tell you how happy I am with myself and my new outlook on healthy living.

    Thanks for letting me share :)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:29 am

      This is an amazing comment :)

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  • jenny July 9, 2010, 8:21 pm

    my past semester in college was a busy one and i found myself not having any time to excercise……i felt really discouraged about my lack of excercise but thanks to my mom i joined a cardio kickboxing class and im on my way back

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  • Jenny July 9, 2010, 8:22 pm

    I’m working on it. I’m doing Couch to 5k for the umpteenth time and doing my best to not quit when it gets hard. I’m making some serious life changes as I’ve quit my job to go to grad school, I’m seriously working on my marriage, and I don’t just want to be thin. I want to feel good, which I have never really felt. I want to enjoy myself and not restrict myself or beat myself up, but I want to be fit and strong, and not worry if my husband suggests we go for a bike ride that I can’t do it, and he’ll be waiting for me. I guess I’m AT my tipping point right now, and finding your blog has really helped, and I’ve decided to start my own for this new journey.

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  • Allie July 9, 2010, 8:22 pm

    usually when i encounter a hump it is becuase my body is trying to tell me something. i have been a runner since 1989 (a long time, i know!!!) and i am pretty in tune with when my body is flat out over worked. sometimes a short time taking it down a notch will help, sometimes i need longer because other things in life are pulling me in other directions. i remind myself it’s okay and i focus on other things like yoga, weight training, or whatever strikes me as fun, with less of a focus on running. my body always thanks me when i gear back up again.

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  • Amy July 9, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I know it’s not for everyone, but when I hit a hump I try to find a race to enter. Also, more recently I’ve been focusing on enjoying my runs. I’m coming back from injury so I’m following the Galloway method and I love the walk breaks. I’ll also take breaks to pet cute dogs, smell the papaya flowers, and look at cool bugs.

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  • Stacey K. July 9, 2010, 8:25 pm

    when I am in a run, I tell myself I can do this! I try some new forms of exercise to reinvigorate myself!

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  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner July 9, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Heathly eating habits have definitly become a habit as opposed to a concious choice I have to make everyday. In fact, splurging has become much less fun – things are too sugary or heavy and either leave me with a funky aftertaste or just plain sick to my stomach! It’s amazing how the flavors come out of natural foods once you elimate all that processed junk from your syste. My palate thanks me. :)

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  • Julia July 9, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I hit a fitness hump earlier this year. I burned out on running. February was spent doing The Shred…which really did nothing for my fitness levels at all. When I tried to get back into running it was brutal. I started out very slow and am just now getting back to double digit runs and regaining some of my speed. I’m still no where near as fast as I was in November of last year. Having an event to train for is what has kept me going. Without knowing I have a long run to conquer I’d probably still be in a major slump.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • Jenny July 9, 2010, 8:33 pm

    This summer when ice cream is a must, I have started eating frozen banana with chocolate syrup blended in the food processor. It is cold, creamy, but better then the ice cream. I an finding I enjoy the healthy stuff more then the less healthy stuff on a daily basis–save the unhealthy for a special treat!!

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  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 9, 2010, 8:34 pm

    If I encounter a fitness hump that means I need to take a break for a few days and then try out something new! :) I can’t stand doing the same thing all the time and NEED variety.

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  • moni July 9, 2010, 8:34 pm

    In order to fix a slump, I need my motivators, friends who like to workout too makes a difference, can go to the gym, yoga, or play tennis.
    Also, now that I’m in my 30s, I’m driven to stay in shape for health, physical, and mental well-being.
    If I can’t run, then I do other forms of work outs and that can just include daily chores or walk to the train instead of driving.
    P.S. I love FETA! :)

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  • Alison July 9, 2010, 8:35 pm

    I think I’ve recently hit a turning point where I am content to make healthier choices (mostly!) in the face of temptation. It has become a habit to reach for healthier foods and save treats for, well, a treat. It’s been a slow transition over the past couple years to where I am now, but I feel so much better when I make healthy decisions on a daily basis!

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  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health July 9, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I guess you could say I’m at an exercise hump…sort of? I’m super motivated to exercise lately, but my knees have been bothering me, which has been a hindrance. I’m actually kind of in denial about the whole thing because I have NO idea why they’ve been bothering me :/ I’m only 23, so that sort of thing kind of freaks me out. I should probably see a doctor about it, huh?

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:30 am

      Yes! And try knee sleeves and icing.

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  • Heather July 9, 2010, 8:41 pm

    fitness hump: yes! Every summer, when it gets hot, I always feel like I am not doing as well because the sun takes SO much out of me! I try to run inside in the summer and then I get more confidence, and when I get more confidence I WAT to run more and then I get better!

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  • Wendy July 9, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I’m working through a bit of a fitness hump right now. I got really, really burnt out on running after running 2 half marys a month apart (and literally crashing and burning at the finish line of the first one). This summer, I’ve been running only sporadically, and I’ve taken up road biking, CrossFit, and occasional swimming. I’m interested to see how the cross training affects my running when I get back into it.

    P.S. I really think if you stick with NMTZ or some other kind of total-body strength training, it will improve your running in the long run (no pun intended :). I’ve only been doing CrossFit for a few weeks, and I can already tell the different in my muscle tone and strength.

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  • Errign July 9, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Sometimes, I think when encountering a fitness hump, I personally need to take a step back and a breather and then re-assess after my break of a day or two. :)

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  • kate July 9, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Whenever I hit a fitness hump I usually switch up my routine for a bit. If I’ve been on the treadmill all month I’ll switch to elliptical or stair climber. I usually try to update my fitness DVD collection once every few months to keep me excited to work out. I’ll try a new class at the gym or tag a long with a friend to a different gym or class. If none of that works I try to focus on where I’ve come from and really compliment myself for all of the hard work that I’ve done so far to help my body through my healthy lifestyle. Comparing your current shape to where you were years ago will definitely motivate you to keep it up!

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  • Jaime July 9, 2010, 8:52 pm

    I feel like those questions go hand and hand. Fitness hump? Yep- actually in one right now. It all started with an injury- which broke my training routine….which broke my eating habits…which broke my sanity. Ugh….it sucks.

    I think the best way (which I am trying) is switching it up. Sign up for something that you haven’t done or in a place you haven’t been….make yourself have an interesting purpose again which will then make your physical and mental well being back on track…..

    Just a suggestion…but….hey- I am going to try it :)

    Good luck!

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  • Courtney aka ThatRunnerChick July 9, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I cant believe you have almost 400 comments!!!

    When I get in a fitness hump (like I am right now, lost all my fitness after my last marathon and now trying to get it back for another one!), I always tell myself “You have to start somewhere!”. You cant regain it overnight, but its there waiting for you to get there!

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  • Jordy July 9, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Sometimes I’ll hit a fitness hump when I realize that I’m basically following the same routine week after week. That’s when I start internet-searching for new strength training moves, for example, or browsing the workout DVDs at the store. Beginning a new strength workout or starting a new exercise DVD brings more variety to my workouts and, thus, beats the boredom. My most recent DVD discovery was Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown, which I’m currently hooked on. I love that I’m learning yoga moves and getting in a cardio workout at the same time…it’s great!

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  • Rebecca July 9, 2010, 8:57 pm

    I’ve definitely had a point sometime in the last year where my healthy habits have become more natural. I wake up and go to the gym most days without dreading it or thinking about it at all, really. I also make healthier choices when it comes to eating.

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  • Liz July 9, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Hey Caitlin! In regards to fitness training problem I have a bit of advice to add. I’ve done competitive cross country and track running for the past 3 years and one thing the coach always made us do at the end of the season was take a week off completely from exercise (or just do really really light stuff, like walk or yoga). I am a total cardio junkie, so that week was always really difficult (i wanted my endorphins!), but it really helped me (and all of us on the team) get rested and prepared for the next season. It sounds like you kind of just finished your “season” and maybe a week off of running and endurance exercise would help. I know how you feel and have been there with my training. This is what has worked for me, and maybe it can work for you, too. Good luck!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:31 am

      I feel like I took a break when I moved though – ugh. Maybe I need a week of focusing on other activities?

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  • Josie July 9, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I was getting burned out running the same route every morning. I am a creature of habit and didn’t know how to break out of my routine. So I asked a friend who is a personal trainer and he introduced me to strength training. Lifting for different muscle groups each day keeps things fresh and exciting!

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  • Karla July 9, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Often when I start a work out I have a hard time getting into it. I have a phrase I repeat in my head: “I am strong, I can get through this” or “I can do anything for a minute” usually once I push through that minute I feel great!

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  • Carolyn Johnson July 9, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I’m still hitting hard times in my workouts and don’t really have a great solution.. so I’ll answer the second question!

    My turning point in making healthier decisions came when I realized that I didn’t actually like eating things like hamburgers and greasy food. I was only eating it because it was easy and that’s what everyone ate. Once I decided I would eat things that I liked and felt good eating, I started to make better decisions – because I would eat what my body craved and what I enjoyed, like more salads and fruits, and less meat and dairy.

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  • Christina July 9, 2010, 9:11 pm

    For me the turning point was my daughter. Literally from our realization of her expected appearance to today (2.5 years later) each day we are doing more things to be healthier. And really it’s not just healthier, but striving to be more aware. Making our decisions overall more ethically conscious (I think that’s what it’s called) as well as creating that active healthy lifestyle for her. We are working on it as a family because it was definitely not something that either of us had growing up.

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  • anita July 9, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Well, I am still trying to get over the hump. BUT I do plan to get back to the gym on Monday morning first thing. I stay tired and I know working out would help me feel so much better. I’m still recovering from a long illness. BUT it is time to get back to work!

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  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 9, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Holy crap that’s alot of comments!

    I’ve had many fitness humps and right now (being 8 months pregnant) I know that I’m going to have to deal with one once the baby comes. I’m excited though and look forward to when my body can do more!

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  • Krit July 9, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I’m struggling right now with my hump. I’m running at least 30 miles a week but I have let my strength training go by the wayside. Sometimes its hard to fit it all in. Thanks for the post, its a good reminder!

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  • Teresa July 9, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Working on a bit of a fitness hump right now myself. First thing is to not think about it too much. I just get out there, push myself and endure. I also decided to use an actual program for specific speed and endurance training (there are all kinds of them out there). Instead of stumbling along on my own feeling like I’m not getting it DONE, I am following a basic program and keeping up. Its slower than I wanted to go but I am seeing progress so I am going to continue. You can do it!

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  • Kristen J July 9, 2010, 9:20 pm

    I think the biggest thing that has helped me get over fitness humps – especially with running – is consistency. If I stick with it long enough, eventually my body “gets it” and all of a sudden I see a big improvement. I think once your bod adjusts to the DVD, the running will come back.

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  • Laura July 9, 2010, 9:25 pm

    My turning point seems to be constantly changing! Recently, any time I am focusing too much on negative thoughts about food and exercise (eating too much, not exercising enough, etc), I keep repeating “PRESENT, PRESENT, PRESENT” and it reminds me to live in the moment. It’s like a back-to-reality check!

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  • marie July 9, 2010, 9:26 pm

    When I hit a fitness hump, I remind myself of the people I know who are physically unable to do the things I do–spin, step, and lift weights–due to their physical handicaps. I remind myself that I need to be grateful that I can do these things. It also helps to think “I get to go to the gym!!” Rather than “I have to go to the gym.” Corny, I know, but effective.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:32 am

      I don’t think thats corny, that’s being grateful!

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      • marie July 11, 2010, 1:44 pm

        Thanks!

        For some reason I just thought of one of my other little self-pep-talk-mantras that helps me bust through slumps:

        Someday you will not be able to do this. Today is not that day.

        I think I got that one from Hangry Pants. It’s powered me through some really, really tough workouts (spiderman pushups & sprint pyramids, anyone?).

        I am certain you will SHATTER your slump soon, and I look forward to reading about your healthful-living adventures in your new city.

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  • Stephanie July 9, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I haven’t really had a “tipping point” per say. My change towards being healthy has been very, very gradual. I look back and see the drastic difference but it was never hard because I took it one step at a time. I tackled portion sizes first. Then I worked on eating only whole grains. Then I decided to eat less processed food. Every change I made became a habit and then I decided to change something else which has made for an easy change to eating healthy!!

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  • claire July 9, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I would love a built ny lunch bag for work!

    In the past I have had to get over some fitness hump’s from not training in off seasons. I simply stuck to the 10% rule of not doing too much too soon. Each week I only increased my mileage by 10%, but I did add in more strength training to get my core/arms/etc. in top form while building more endurance.

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  • Lori Z. July 9, 2010, 9:32 pm

    I just change what I am doing – add in some classes or change my strength training or change my runs. I usually hit humps when I have been doing the same thing for too long!

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  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 9, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Hitting that Hump is hard. I was just getting faster while training for the Tufts 10K last year and got injured. I couldn’t run for 6 weeks. So when I got back I was frustrated that I had to start at a slower pace and mileage than I was even used to pre-injury.

    I got back to it by not beating myself up about what I couldn’t do be thankful for all I could do considering.

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  • Elizabeth July 9, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Ooh yay! Feta is awwwesome!!

    I definitely started making some conscious, informed choices about my eating habits about a year ago- I realized that I enjoy food, but I didn’t enjoy it all the time, sometimes I was just so passive about what I was putting into my body as fuel. I now notice every so often that things I would have mindlessly eaten before, I now stop to think if I actually want them or not. This makes me feel in tune with what my body needs, and ends up helping me to avoid the feelings of guilt that I sometimes had before about eating junk or overeating.

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  • Kim July 9, 2010, 9:35 pm

    After having babies I always did ww to lose the weight. However once i realized it wasn’t how much i was eating but WHAT and I started to read healthy eating blogs I turned a real corner and have never really gone back to the way I used to eat…

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  • Bernadette July 9, 2010, 9:35 pm

    I’ve had the same problem with humps before (very recently actually) and I’ve found that 2 things work for me. The first is just consistency, forcing myself to get my runs in even when I’d rather skip them and the 2nd is the addition of Vega’s EPA Antioxidant oil to my diet. I’ve had it forever but just started using it (after seeing an ad for Udo’s oil, figured I should at least use what I have) and I started adding 1tsp to my green monsters. I really think it has helped my endurance.

    Hope you find your mojo and get over your hump soon… :)
    Have a great weekend with mom!

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  • Misty July 9, 2010, 9:36 pm

    When I have encountered a fitness hump, I tell others around me. My family, my husband, my friends will give me the motivation to keep going. They offer to work out with me or they say encouraging things about being healthy.

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  • Amelia July 9, 2010, 9:37 pm

    It might also be the HEAT! I feel really out of shape and find it difficult to push myself in this summer weather even though I have been training consistently.

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  • Candious July 9, 2010, 9:38 pm

    When I need to get over a fitness hump I try something new and exciting. Like rock climbing or a high ropes course.

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  • jessica July 9, 2010, 9:40 pm

    when i moved home after college (and a bad relationship) i had lost a bunch of stress weight and then gained it all back and more after stress eating the pain away. 2 years after i moved home, and at my heaviest ever, my old dance school started offering adult classes. i was super self concious and didn’t want to go because i was embarrassed not only to dance but to see the people who know me ‘when’ and would see my fat for the first time. now 2 years into dancing again, it’s the best thing that has happened to me in my adult life. it’s taught me to laugh at myself and accept the past. even though my arms jiggle and i can’t turn the same way i used to, at least i am here and happy and starting to get my weight loss in high gear after puttering along for a year.

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  • sarah k. July 9, 2010, 9:47 pm

    fitness hump… take a break! usually i find humps mean i’m burned out and need to alter the routine… even if its hard to not work out.

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  • Erin July 9, 2010, 9:47 pm

    I think my turning point was when I went vegetarian. It forced me to start eating healthier and, most importantly, to really think about what I was eating. I look back now and can’t even believe that I used to eat McDonald’s cheeseburgers (shudder)!

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  • Erin July 9, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Whenever I’m in an exercise slump I try out a new exercise, say Zumba, for instance. Sometimes I’m just bored with my ordinary routine, or my body needs a new challenge.

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  • Katy July 9, 2010, 9:49 pm

    My turning point was definitely when I started reading blogs! I realized that I can be in great shape by eating normal and unprocessed foods instead diet geared products (hello Danon Light n Fit). I feel so much better eating real food!

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  • Heather July 9, 2010, 9:49 pm

    I am training for a half marathon in September, and my goal is to have a faster finishing time than my previous races. In order to do that, I have been making better choices in what I eat (reading blogs like yours has been a great tool). My boyfriend and I have also been talking about trying to have a baby once the race is over, so I know whatever healthy changes I am making now, will help me if/when I am pregnant.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:34 am

      Congrats on trying for a baby!

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  • Joy July 9, 2010, 9:51 pm

    after about 2 weeks of trying to focus on eating unprocessed foods it became easier and made me feel better.

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  • Meagan July 9, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I take a couple days off and they hit a new workout routine full force. It always helps me get out of my exercise rut!

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  • Lisa P. July 9, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I have been eating more produce, organic yogurt and checking ingredients in my foods. I eat yogurt every day and my turning point came when I realized that the ingredients in my old yogurt brand were not the best for me and the taste was fake. My new choices are organic or greek yogurt. Now I have to convince my husband to make the change! He tried one of my organic yogurts today and didn’t like the flavor–he is used to the fake flavor in my old brand.

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  • Drake July 9, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Varying my routine usually gets me over a fitness hump. I recently started biking and it’s really helped with workout motivation!

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  • Frances L :o) July 9, 2010, 9:59 pm

    If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it?

    Alternate my regimen every so often and make it fun (not making exercise become “work”). Running is my passion but I won’t run everyday, unless I am in training mode for the marathon, and won’t feel guilty if I ride my bike or even skip a day because I know my body (so is my mind & soul) need rest and recover. =)

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  • jen July 9, 2010, 10:00 pm

    To get over a fitness hump, I sign up for a race or set a new challenge for myself…I thrive on competition, so that always motivates me!

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  • Katie July 9, 2010, 10:07 pm

    to get over the fitness hump of static work out i tried interval running and small things like getting a new play list. i also did P90X and i create mini workout routines that stem from these to mix it up and keep it interesting so working out is fun!

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  • April B. July 9, 2010, 10:14 pm

    To get over a fitness hump I try to change things up a little. It’s easy to fall into the same routine, same workout, same fitness classes. I try something new and that usually works for me.

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  • Lora July 9, 2010, 10:17 pm

    My biggest fitness hump was having two babies. :) My youngest is about to turn 3 and I finally can run on the treadmill in my bedroom without worrying about her getting into major trouble out of my sight line. I’m SO thrilled to be back in the swing of things with daily exercise.

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  • Gretchen July 9, 2010, 10:26 pm

    To get over a fitness hump all I need is to rely on my circle of workout friends to get me back into my groove. We mix up our workouts–running, kickboxing, HIIT class, bootcamp. A good variety keeps me motivated, and looking forward to my next work-out.
    I also believe that a healthy diet and workout routine go hand in hand. My diet on recovery days is not nearly as good as on days I know that I’ll be spending an hour or more in the gym. Eliminating the processed junk and keeping it organic has been the biggest change for me and my family…love your blog Caitlin — looking forward to your book release next month :)

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  • Holly S. July 9, 2010, 10:26 pm

    I think the best way for me to get over fitness humps is interval (or for runners, maybe tempo) training. I always know I can push myself to do a certain speed or resistance level for just a bit–and each workout I increase that bit!

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  • tieghan July 9, 2010, 10:29 pm

    M turning point was about 2 years ago when I realized what I put into my body was a big deal. Once I started learning about nutrition, I fell in love and am now on my way to becoming a registered dietitian!!!

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  • Cates July 9, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I’m in a bit of a fitness hump right now, actually. I ran my first half marathon in May, and in the process of training, injured my leg. I’ve had severe shin and ankle pain as well as some hip and knee irritation, and haven’t been able to run. The first month was tough – after the excitement of training was over, I really crashed and burned.

    After a month, I knew I needed to find something I could do, so my dad and I tuned up my old bike and I started cycling. And this morning, I went swimming for the first time and I plan to challenge myself by completing the Zero to 1650 training plan, with the goal of completing a swimmer’s mile (1650 meters) by September. I’m still trying to find the right balance of activity and recovery, but it feels amazing to have goals again! I’m hoping my new pursuits help me get over the hump and rediscover the strength within myself, just as running has done before.

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  • Lindsey July 9, 2010, 10:53 pm

    When I hit a hump, it’s time to change up the training.

    In your situation, I think you’re doing too much! I couldn’t possibly alternate a Jillian Michaels DVD with speedwork. Heck no!

    Tri training is my favorite, I never seem to get bored. Some weeks I may have to skip a bike/swim/run, but I always fit in the next week. I like that I always seem to be working a different group of muscles.

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  • Barbara July 9, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Hey Caitlin-

    Fitness humps are mentally a bummer BUT sometimes stopping and doing a completely different workout for a week helps. Allot of it is mental so give you mind a rest. then come back hard the next week…make it fun again?

    I changed my eating to the Paleo diet about 7 months ago. It’s meat,veggies,fruit,nuts and healthy fat. No dairy,glutton,sugar. It was tough but I feel healthier with more energy.

    B

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  • Kaitlyn July 9, 2010, 11:03 pm

    For me to get over a hump, I tend to go to a different workout plan…for instance, I was training for a half marathon but then started getting really worn out because work started picking up and I wasn’t getting enough sleep. So, I went back to a training plan for a 5K/10K that I had done from before and felt MUCH better about not having to run at such great lengths. Then, when work slowed down a bit, I was able to up the mileage again and felt much better that I had taken the time I needed for work, continued training (even if it was at a decreased amout), and then could get back into the groove of the half marathon training plan! Hope this is helpful…I think you have a great amount of tips to choose from :) Do what works best for YOU and YOUR schedule and life! I know you will :)

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  • mary ann July 9, 2010, 11:05 pm

    this is going tosound completely ridiculous, but my turning point was the moment I vowed to myself that Id eat something a little decadent EVERY day. Ive always attempted the intuitive eating thing, but i noticed that when i would crave all things heathy one day, the opposite extreme would still inevitably catch up with me. When I promise to have a little something decadent or almost naughty, my healthy eating is so much more consistent throughout the whole year! I think its so empowering to realize that you MUST feed both you mind, body, soul to live not only a long and healthy life, but one that provides nourishment to your heart and happiness. By incorporating this into your eating, the concept seems to spread into other areas of life and you treat yourself so much more compassionately and respectfully.
    MA

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  • Katie R July 9, 2010, 11:05 pm

    To get over a fitness hump, try a new way of reaching goal. For example, if your goal is to increase your running speed, instead of just running outdoors and trying to go faster, try running on a treadmill where you can control the speed. Or try running with someone faster than you–she / he can motivate you to speed up. Another idea would be to incorporate ‘fun’ moves into your run like skipping or galloping. Skipping/Galloping helps to build leg power and you feel like a kid when doing it (plus it is speedy!)

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  • Danielle July 9, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Setting REALLY specific mini-goals helps me. I’ve been trying to improve my speed while running too – making goals to run THIS mile at THIS pace and then THIS mile at THIS pace was helpful until it started to feel more natural!

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  • Katie July 9, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Whenever I’ve hit a fitness hump, I’ve tried something new or trying a new goal! I’ve always found that gets me over it!

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  • AngelaOSG July 9, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I think your fitness has actually improved!

    Here’s why:
    1) You are now running on lots of hills AND you have maintained about the same pace as when you were in FL on flat roads. This means you are actually faster!
    2) It is now summer and the brutal heat + humidity will naturally make same effort seem more difficult.

    Don’t argue with me, Im right! ;p

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  • Jenn July 9, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I am currently getting over a fitness hump. A little over a year ago I had a very bad case of mono. I am only now starting to feel well enough to return to regular exercise. I went from running 1/2 marathons easily and a marathon to not being able to walk a mile. It is still hard for me mentally to feel winded after only three miles, but I just have to remind myself how far I have come and that in order to stay healthy I must slowly build up my mileage and speed. For me, reading blogs, like yours, inspire me to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Chelsea - Run the Line July 9, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Anytime I’ve hit a fitness bump/slump, I always change something up. Even something as simple as changing the time I work out can get me out of it!

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  • Donna July 9, 2010, 11:27 pm

    With so many comments, I’m not sure you’ll read this, but correct grammar is had run, not had ran…past perfect uses the auxiliary verb HAVE in the past, with the past participle RUN.

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:37 am

      I always read :) Thanks for the tip! It’s so hard to get everything right when you’re writing so much, so often, so fast. I need an editor! LOL

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  • Kelly @ Kelly B Well July 9, 2010, 11:28 pm

    I normally use speed drills to get over a cardio hump such as what you are describing. I find a few speed sessions (sprint/jog/sprint/jog) helps me build up my endurance and makes me faster :)

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  • Lisa July 9, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I started running again about a year and a half ago. I have also been trying to eat healthier, more nourishing foods. I slip up every once in a while and I have slumps here and there, but the change I have seen in myself is incredible. My chronic back pain has all but vanished, I have way more energy, I can crawl around on my knees and play with my kids, I have less stress and more confidence. Before, I was big into sweets. When people would say: “This dessert is way too sweet for me,” I could never relate. Now that I am eating more whole foods, I totally get it. Lots of things taste too sweet, too salty, too fatty. Most of the time, I actually crave HEALTHY food. Habit has become lifestyle. I quit drinking coffee and soft drinks. I now drink tea with only half a teaspoon of sugar, whereas before I would drink coffee with two Tablespoons of sugar!! And I don’t miss the things I’ve eliminated. It doesn’t feel like I am denying myself anything.

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  • Dena Semkowski July 9, 2010, 11:47 pm

    Fitness humps are frustrating, but sometimes they happen because your body is trying to tell you something. When this happens to be I honstly just take time off.. even if that means a week or more. I always come back excited to workout, and changes in my physical fitness and strength seem to surprise me everytime!

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  • Lindsay July 9, 2010, 11:50 pm

    I have been struggling with Anorexia since I was 12 years old and it wasnt until this past summer when i turned 19 that I finally hit my Healthy Tipping Point. Once I hit that point, for some reason, eating and nutrition became my priority. In the past year, my life has completely turned around. I got my period back, my blood work normalized, and I am living a better life than I could have ever believed. I am so thankful for the second chance at life I got and I will be turning 20 on tuesday!! ;)

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:39 am

      I’m glad you’re getting better!

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  • MaryBe July 9, 2010, 11:54 pm

    I pushed past my fitness hump by really concentrating on my goal

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  • Lana July 9, 2010, 11:54 pm

    My turning point was when I realized that my body craves healthy foods and I became vegetarian. My skin looks better, I have bounds of energy, a new zest for life and am more in-tune with my body. I also started running about two years ago. I went from barely being able to run 1/4 of a mile to finishing my first 10k two weekends ago!! I love my new lifestyle and how many great opportunities I have come across living a healthier life style. Not to mention I now experiment with foods that I never even knew how to pronounce!! :) I am truly happy now. When the body is happy the mind is at peace-my ultimate turning point.

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  • Chelsey July 10, 2010, 12:01 am

    I didn’t realize it until right now, but I think I am going through a fitness hump. My workouts/runs seem to just be taking a toll on my body lately. It might be because of the added stress from my wedding and renovating our house, but I jsut feel so DRAINED. I find that eating more and more often and getting enough rest get me going. New workout clothes also help me to stay more motivated – of course I’ll go for that run.. if I get to wear my cute new outfit!!! :)

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  • Jessica July 10, 2010, 12:02 am

    To get over the hump, I like to mix things up with fun, outdoor sports with friends! In the Spring/Summer, tennis, beach volleyball, even a game of dodgeball with kids! And in the winter, skiing or snowboarding! Boy, are those the toughest workouts, but they are the most enjoyable ones too! Good Luck!

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  • coley July 10, 2010, 12:20 am

    To get over the fitness hump I just try to do something new! I remind myself that I will always get back into my regular groove, but for now I can take things a little easier and do things that I enjoy that are still active, but maybe less intense. I don’t want exercise to become something I hate, I want it to be something I enjoy and look forward to. So I always know I have the option of taking a break or doing something different if I’m struggling with motivation.

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  • Kristen W July 10, 2010, 12:20 am

    When I was growing up, my mom would cook probably half a dozen different vegetables. When I moved out on my own at 19 I started doing my own grocery shopping and realized how many veggies there really were in this world! I’ve definitely opened up my palate to so many new and wonderful things. If I don’t have a bunch of veggies represented in a meal, I feel like something is missing! I’ve come a long way! I would definitely say that has been my turning point!

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  • Dione July 10, 2010, 12:22 am

    I actually went through the same sort of thing. I changed up my routine drastically and incorporated another activity. After a few weeks, I was ready to go back to my original routine and by then had a new activity to cross train with.

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  • Katharine July 10, 2010, 12:24 am

    I definitely hit a fitness hump while training for my first 5k. It was such a learning experience – I was surprised how mental (for me at least) it was. Once I was able to stop psyching myself out of running, it was amazing how much more I was able to do. (Still have days where negative thoughts take over though, something I’ll keep having to get better at overcoming!)

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  • Tracy July 10, 2010, 12:26 am

    To get over a fitness hump, I think of workouts that are fun for me and get my friends to join in! Everything is better with friends who enjoy working out too! :)

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  • Meagan July 10, 2010, 12:37 am

    I got over my fitness hump by just giving myself small goals everyday to accomplish and finally all the small goals added up to me improving times. It helped me stay focused while taking it onne day at a time and not stressing.

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  • Bee July 10, 2010, 12:37 am

    I just recently starting running altogether, so it’s been a challenge even running 5k. Now that I’ve surpassed that goal, I’m working toward a 10k and increasing my pace. It’s one accomplishment to reach my distance goal, but now I have to concentrate on finishing in less time. Blogs like this have helped me turn my life around and become a healthier person. Reading blogs along with sticking to a half marathon training schedule have definately kept me motivated to become a healthier person inside and out.

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  • Christina July 10, 2010, 12:47 am

    My tipping point has been training for triathlons! I’ve really started to enjoy all 3 disciplines and it’s nice that when I’m not improving in one, I’m improving in another.

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  • Serena July 10, 2010, 12:49 am

    I like to find free podcasts about working out and I listen to them on my mp3 player while walking my dog, doing housework or other random things. It helps because I get new workout ideas, other good tips and even motivation while I am not working out and it makes me excited and ready for the next workout to implement them!

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  • Lindsey July 10, 2010, 1:00 am

    I got over the fitness hump by incorporating new fun ways to work out like taking new classes at the gym every week to stay motivated!

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  • Fallon July 10, 2010, 1:10 am

    I’ve experienced a similar fitness hump with running. I’m pretty new and worked my way to running two 5ks. After that the desire to run simply dwindled and I have no desire. I think it the treadmill that kills it. I much rather run outside but I live in Las Vegas and by 7am its already 90 degrees out. So I’ve found other exercises like a new boot camp class at the gym. I know once the weather cools off I’ll want to run outside again!

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  • Jessica July 10, 2010, 1:18 am

    I had a major health scare a few years ago.
    I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the young
    age of 27. I was shocked, upset, bewildered, and
    stunned. Throughout this experience, I have realized
    how important it is to treat your body well. You must
    be mindful what you put in your body and you must,
    must, must exercise!!

    I finally stopped drinking diet coke (after all these
    years), realized that I should eat a healthy, filling breakfast,
    and to sometimes splurge on treats because life is WAY
    too short!!

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    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 8:40 am

      Are you in remission? I hope so!

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  • Jessie C. July 10, 2010, 1:33 am

    Supports from family got me through the fitness hump!

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  • 'laina July 10, 2010, 1:38 am

    The last 10 years that I’ve put on weight (60+ lbs) has been one huge fitness slump. Tomorrow the hubs and I start P90X and Weight Watchers!

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  • Shauna July 10, 2010, 1:42 am

    I’d say my turning point occurred when I decided to become a vegetarian, four years ago. I was 15 at the time and did it not for health but because I didn’t want to eat meat after learning more about where a lot of my meat comes from (plus I was never a big meat eater in general–I hated red meat!). I had to start cooking my own meals, and in learning to cook and in reading cookbooks and books on vegetarianism, I naturally started eating more healthfully because most of the recipes I found used wholesome, simple ingredients to create healthy meals. Until then I hadn’t really considered much about food groups and getting in lots of vegetables and the right nutrients, but after that as I began cooking for myself it just started happening–and I’m happy it did!

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  • Kimberly July 10, 2010, 2:27 am

    My healthy eating habits took a turning point to becoming natural when I started to crave them over my usual non healthy cravings! It was like an epiphany! My fitness rut started to hit when nothing seemed to change, much like what you are going through. So, I sought the help of fellow athletes to see if there workouts worked for me. It was challenging, fun and I got more out of it then I ever anticipated while joining them for their workouts!

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  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) July 10, 2010, 2:28 am

    I’m a big fan if the “just focus on this mile” trick. When I was getting over a fitness hump (after an injury) thinking about what I was once able to do was overwhelming. I concentrated on much smaller goals to keep me focused. It’s amazing how quickly it all adds up!

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  • Tracy July 10, 2010, 3:24 am

    When I am in a fitness hump I usually sign up for an exciting race or trying a new type of exercise for awhile which helps me remain enthusiastic about exercise even if I’m not running as fast as I’d like.

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  • Katie July 10, 2010, 6:13 am

    When I think I’m starting to get in a fitness funk, I use the idea of “fake it ’till you make it” attitude. I keep telling myself I want to run longer, faster, up one more hill, etc. Eventually I get over my slump, and remember I always feel better after it’s all said and done.

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  • katelyn July 10, 2010, 6:52 am

    to get over my fitness hump, i switched up my routine and started taking new classes at my gym… classes are so motivating to me!

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  • Leslie July 10, 2010, 7:08 am

    I have had two big “humps”, my 2 kids, age 3 and 1. I totally gave up working out during my pregnancies due to fatigue but when it was time after I had the boys, I got really discouraged several times because things didn’t seem to happen quick enough. I find that changing things up, work outs, really help. Like right now, I went from running during cool weather, then an injury so I couldn’t run. So now I do Pilates at Pilates Loft 3 x a week and I started kick boxing at a boxing gym in Orlando. Sooooo much fun! The hour of INTENSE cardio flys by. And when that gets old, I will find a new obsession. :)

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  • faith July 10, 2010, 7:21 am

    i got sick and that set me back a lot but also made me realize how important it is to take care of my body. i take one day at a time, have become vegetarian, and stick to mtraining plain through accountability and variety! if im not motivated, i give myself the 5 minute rule, just do it for five and go from there :) it usually gets me started!

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  • sarah July 10, 2010, 7:28 am

    I’m hoping that I’m at or nearing that turning point now. I was a very fit gym rat before my daughter was born –i ran six half marathons in one year! But after she was born I struggled to find time to exercise between an infant and a demanding full-time job.
    Then this year my husband was ill and it was very stressful, and we moved and I switched jobs–major stressors! I ate poorly and didn’t exercise much the first half of the year–and did some emotional/stress binge eating.

    Needless to say, I gained weight and lost fitness. But now I’m getting back on track. I stopped binging out of stress and that is getting easier. I’m eating better portion sizes and exercising more consistently. I hope I’ll be back to my former normal soon!

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  • Jennie July 10, 2010, 7:30 am

    The best way to get over a hump? Try something new! Better yet, try something new with a workout buddy? Push through it for a week or so and you’ll be back in your old groove in no time :)

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  • Diana (Mymarblerye) July 10, 2010, 7:57 am

    all i ever did before was exercise on the elliptical machine and treadmill! I finally decided to get myself the insanity videos and jillian’s videos to incorporate some FUN and variety in the way I exercise!

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  • Meagan July 10, 2010, 8:18 am

    When I’m in a fitness hump I change up my routine. I find that my unwillingness to exercise is because I am complacent and bored with my routine so I throw in a new routine and it helps!

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  • Megan July 10, 2010, 8:20 am

    My transition involved actually enjoying eating oatmeal and feeling that exercise needed to be a daily part of my life

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  • Danielle July 10, 2010, 8:46 am

    Definitely hit a turning point — for me, it was when I stopped counting calories and decided to listen to my body. I’m still looking to lose a bit of weight, but abandoning the obsessive, unhealthy calorie counting I was doing has completely freed me, and I am now learning to listen to what my body tells me and to trust it. So amazing!

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  • Lauren July 10, 2010, 8:51 am

    I experienced a tiny fitness rut during my second big move this year from Texas to Colorado. It’s really stressful moving out of state so you should definitely cut yourself some slack because you’re amazing! Anyway, Boulder, Colorado is one of the most physically fit cities in the nation and it’s almost impossible to not feel inspired seeing SO many cyclists everywhere (there are bike lanes on every city street and even on the highways!) runners, swimmers, yogis, etc. And, even though it was actually really difficult for me getting used to the altitude – I know it’s a huge plus in the long-run!
    Boulder has me trying new things at every turn and I even hiked my first mountain a few weeks ago!

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  • Sarah July 10, 2010, 9:09 am

    Fitness Hump: When I changed jobs, my entire schedule changed and I was working 75 hours a week and traveling three weeks of every month. It was crazy. Finally, I decided I was only going to book hotels with good workout areas and for when I couldn’t I amassed a collection of workout dvd on my laptop and set up shop in the hotel room. Having a plan is crucial.

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  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices July 10, 2010, 9:31 am

    Fitness Hump: I try to take a couple of days off to recharge and usually come back feeling better about working out.

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  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 10, 2010, 9:33 am

    I get over fitness humps by switching things up. I find when I’m excited by a new work-out, I feel way more motivated to do my best!

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  • Carolyn C. July 10, 2010, 9:39 am

    I hope I’m not too late! I think getting a workout buddy to encourage you and spur you on would be helpful. I have found that I have it in me more when I am running with a friend and hearing her words of encouragement! Thank you!!

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  • Allie B. July 10, 2010, 9:42 am

    When I hit a fitness hump, I just try to remember why I am doing the things I am doing and how good I feel once I have accomplished my goal. As I type, I am psyching myself up for a 10 mile marathon training run….!!!

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  • Angie July 10, 2010, 9:56 am

    To get over a fitness hump I enlisted a “work out buddy” to help me get through it. It really helped to go through it with someone and also to keep me motivated to show up for the work outs.
    P.S. I love your blog!! :)

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  • Paige (Running Around Normal) July 10, 2010, 10:05 am

    I embrace the hump, but challenge it at the same time. I try different things, and have faith that I will bounce back soon. I’m on the “bounce back” part of a hump right now, actually!

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  • Mel July 10, 2010, 10:14 am

    Overcoming the hump- I was in a similar situation, trying to improve my 5K time. I just tried to remain patient and positive and gave myself an extra rest day. I rationalized that an extra day of rest would make my workouts on other days more effective.

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  • Ely July 10, 2010, 2:04 pm

    There are so many great comments and suggestions listed here. I thought I might add that since you’re new to your town maybe joining a running group would be helpful in pushing yourself back to where you want to be. I also agree that since you’re now running on terrain different from Florida you are using your muscles differently so cut yourself some slack. Finally, what about throwing in a small run (or sprint) the days you use your video- if you can push it out when you’re fatigued, on the days you’re running on fresh legs you’ll fly!

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  • Kara July 10, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I get over fitness humps by choosing a new goal. I try to think about something fun I want to accomplish and then make it more of a game.

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  • Annie July 10, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I get over fitness humps by pep talks to mytself. I imagine myself achieving a goal and it makes me so ambitious that I do it!

    I think eating healthier came naturally when I stopped feeling like crap. Then the fast food tasted horrible and I couldn’t stomach them anymore.

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  • Kari July 10, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I totally agree with #477 Annie. The better you eat, the better you feel and it’s almost an instant reaction, which was the best part, since i’m an immediate gratification kind of girl ;-)

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  • Erin July 10, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I hit my own “healthy tippy point” after a bad relationship. I realized my relationship with food, with the guy at the time and my job were all taking a serious toll on my ability to take care of myself. After removing the negative, I lost 35 lbs! Not only did I lose the weight, I lost the “weight” as well! Now I eat right and have a better relationship with food, my body and my boyfriend!

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  • Emily July 11, 2010, 10:41 am

    I wonder when my “healthy tipping point” was a lot. I think a huge part of it was studying abroad in Sweden when I couldn’t have Code Red (yes a pop addiction) and I had to make my own meals

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  • Alexa July 12, 2010, 9:50 am

    If you’ve encountered a fitness hump, how did you get over it?

    Well, I feel like I am working to get over one right now because my IT band is giving me such trouble while I marathon train. It would be easy to give up, and say I’m just meant to run shorter distances, but I’m working strengthening my IT band using Yoga, Weight Lifting, plus running and cross training and overall it should make my body stronger and hopefully help me finish the 26.2 in October!

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  • Jose July 12, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Mine is go and read a few more blogs ….

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  • LadyLara July 12, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Being a little older than you (31), I often see you going through things I went through a few years ago. Comparing my race times to times I had even just a couple of years ago always gets me down. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to be less Type-A about training, and more holistic in my exercise (which is still every day, but a lot more yoga and cross-training).

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  • John July 13, 2010, 10:08 pm

    You know I’m late to this party but what the heck I’ll give my $0.02 anyways.

    My running is vastly ahead of where I was 3 years ago and the only difference I is that I;m doing no circuit training of any kind. I’ve had no shin splints no ITB, no abductor problems,etc. AND my running is faster than I ever got 3 years ago. This may be a big reason your quads are bugging you constantly. I’m not saying to give up your NMTZ but it may take longer than you think before things get better. Give it time and it’ll come around for you.

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