I am actually taking two, today is a complete day of taxes and a few hours of work and some fun with friends later. At first yesterday and Sunday were going to be rest days but yesterday was wayyyy too beautiful to waste and I ROCKED that dang work out.. Sweat was pouring! I am grateful I pushed through, but I can feel my body being tired and I REFUSE to risk injury. Tomorrow will be a long walk with the pups and Ed.. (Hi Babe, we are going on a walk tomorrow.. maybe a destination walk.. maybe over to Beverdam .. the puppies LOVE it.. you will too I promise).. either way it won't be a strength or ab crushing thing.
I am absolutely FAMOUS for not taking a rest day until I am actually hurt when I start working out. I am stubborn and hard headed, and I don't want anyone to look at me and say. "Oh look she is being lazy again..." SCCCRRRREEEEECCCCCHHHHH! HOLD UP! RE! DAMNIT...
Is anyone else REALLY saying that or is that your other... seriously? Is there any living soul you can think of that would look at what you did this week and say.. "Wow she is LLLAAAAZZZZY!" I am going with no, so why do you even go there. Stop that!
Those rest days aren't as lazy as one may think, so many things are going on with your body when you first start working out, muscles being worked that you haven't used in a while, hydration and dehydration your body is not used to dealing with, your body is TIRED YOU FOOL. Not to mention when you work out pretty hard, which I think I worked out pretty hard considering I am just starting back, your muscles retain some of that gallon of water you are drinking, you need to give your body time to adjust and repair. That is what this day is for! I can tell you for a fact this happened yesterday, it had to have, because the output did not in any way shape or form come close to the input. I think I was in dehydrationville, which has not happened to me in a long time. It is kinda of hard to see a decrease on the scale when your kidneys are screaming "NOOOOO KEEP ALL THE WATERS!!"
I think part of me is afraid I will lose that magic spark that is my momentum by taking that day. By not writing down that I ran a half a mile, or sat here and thought about what workout moves I should do today. What if I don't' pick up my pen on Monday and figure that out? What if I skip 3 days?? I think this could very well be one of the wobbly rocks that is holding me up right now, and frankly I am worried that if I don't hold my foot firmly on it every day that it will slip right out from under me.
I believe what I NEED to do is add another rock, and that rock needs to be Rest Day, because without that rock the work out rock will REMAIN wobbly because of the increased risk of injury (ie, Plantar fasciitis. Torn Groin Muscle, Rotting foot, Jacked up shoulder, cracked ribs, just to name a few of the fun little items I have endured over my years of .. pushing through and not taking that rest day). The Rest Day Rock and Work Out Rock needs another friend, and that is Work Out Foundation Rock. Those injuries didn't just happen because I refused rest days, they also happened because I was so busy thinking about if I COULD do something I wasn't thinking about if I SHOULD do something, (come on .. what's the movie reference??? anyone?) I literally go out and decide to run a marathon with a months training, and I use the word training loosely, Spartans the same way, half ass the training and do it, mainly because when I do start training I go full force and I hurt something, then I am screwed and then race day is here and here I am .. fat, untrained, hurt and going to do it anyway. Not the smartest of moves.
What I am learning is this, those wobbly rocks I am standing on, aren't as wobbly if I build around them, setting a base, using my tools to build onto, it isn't about building that stack straight up, it is building around so that I have a solid foundation and those rocks, they won't be so darn wobbly and eventually, the hole, I won't be able to fall back in it so easily because the foundation rocks are filling it, where if I am standing on a pile of rocks straight up and they shift and fall, I could fall quite aways because there is so much room in the hole I never worked on.
As always I appreciate you listening to me working through something in my head. Much love to you all.
Signing off today with this, when you learn something new, or start a new adventure do you think about all of the tools and rocks you need to build the foundation of success or are you like me and fly by the seat of your pants?
Peace, Love and Light