Sometimes it feels like it is more challenging to rest and recover than to workout and keep pushing. I worry that if I take a step back; I won’t come back.
In a sense, my concern may be somewhat justified because in the past a day off has turned into months off. I don’t want to fall into that pattern because I have been on such a roll with my workouts and consistency.
I have noticed that throughout these past two weeks I have felt worn-out and somewhat unmotivated physically. My heart is completely motivated because I like the results I am getting from all the hard work, but my body has been lacking energy. It has been a time of transition with my move and now the new puppy.
Christopher and one of my friends has suggested that I take a week off before. The very thought terrifies me. I think I am SO worried that if I allow myself to rest that I won’t come back and I will revert back to where I was. I don’t want to backslide. I have made it this far.
At that same time, I want to learn how to rest and recover. Right now, I get so stressed out when I think about taking time off. And that stress exhausts me. So this is my “rest test.” I am going to take this week off…
I am giving myself permission to rest and take a risk. During this week off I am not allowed to stress about it or worry that I will put on weight or stop making progress. In fact, if I feel inclined to workout; I will. Then when I return next Monday, I am going to hold myself accountable and jump right back into my routine.
So this is going to be a “guilt-free” week off for me, but I am still going to eat clean. I am also going to use this as an opportunity to do some research. I am going to learn about puppy training of course in addition to educating myself about exercise and nutrition. When I come back, I will share what I have learned with you.
Don’t worry, I will still be writing posts on here this week. Just trying something new.
I knew it was time for me to mix things up when I was completely exhausted by noon today and wiped out when I got home from work at 2:30. Things have changed for the better. I have leveled up from being a “kitty-mommy” with a wake-up time of 6:45 to a “kitty/puppy-mommy” this morning I woke up at 6 am. So there is a definite adjustment, but I know that this will all be worth-it. It was also really nice to get an early start and be earlier than usual for work!
I bought Ruby a proper-fitting leash and she doesn’t really like walking with her leash right now, but we will keep working on it!
How was your Monday? Have you ever taken a week off from workouts? If so, why? Were you on vacation? Or healing an injury? Or just taking some recovery time?
Rest well tonight, my Dear Darling Friends! I will see you tomorrow!
Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,