I Passed My “Rest Test”


I passed my “rest test.”  Where I was supposed to take the week off from working out and not stress about it.  I was able to do that in fact I pretty much  took 2 weeks off.  I am honestly a little concerned because it has been challenging for me to get back on track after taking the time off…

This is what I was afraid of!  I take the time off and then I start to value what feels like extra time.  What did I do?  I spent it lounging around. Sometimes we need to do that to recover and regroup and it was a nice break, but I don’t enjoy how sluggish and lethargic I feel.  I have also been craving food to feel better.

Last night I got to bed at least 2 hours earlier than I usually do and I was disappointed when I woke up this morning because I didn’t feel any more rested than usual.  In fact I felt tired and unmotivated.  It was a bit of a struggle for me to get going this morning.  I felt gloomy and down.  I made my ginger, honey, cayenne tea and a green smoothie for breakfast.  Thankfully I had left overs prepared for today’s lunch.  During 1st and 2nd period all I could think about was making it to break time so that I could pick up an iced coffee…  Then I asked myself “Why” and What?”  “Why do I feel like I so desperately need this coffee to function?” AND “What do I really want for my life?”  I know that that what question is a big one.  I think more specifically I was asking what I want health-wise for my life and will buying that iced coffee get me there?

The ice coffee is comforting and feels rewarding, but I think that it is also a crutch and a carrier of unnecessary calories.  I know that I may sound like a broken record by now.  I have mentioned in so many of my posts that I am trying to cut out coffee.  And sometimes I succeed for awhile then I go back.  The success is worth-it.  I just need to learn how to stick with it.  This morning I decided that I was willing to make everyday sacrifices to reach my lifestyle goal.  I didn’t get the coffee and I made it through the day!

It was “National Pancake Day”  So I took my sister to ihop for free pancakes and it was a nice treat for both of us.  And yes, I skipped the coffee and settled for water with lemon instead :). 

My sister and I took Ruby for a nice long walk and I am going to start adding that to our daily routine.  It’s good for the puppy-girl to get some quality exercise and it’s good for me.  

I thought that I was going to workout today, but I still feel worn-out so I am going to get to bed extra early today as well.  It will probably be a good move since this coming Sunday is Daylight Savings.  

All this rest.  I am making an Absolute commitment to workout tomorrow on my own time.  I need to get back into it and that’s all there is to it!  I miss doing my “Workout and Word of the Day.”  I was on a roll and I have been disappointed with myself that I took this time off.  Enough with the disappointment.  It’s time to stop looking back and get on track!

Tomorrow I will let you know what kind of workout I decided to do.

I think it is safe to say that I operate the best when I am busy and active.  I am way more energetic, optimistic, and excited about life.

Have a good night my Dear Darling Friends!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

Alana Xoxoxo

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