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Day Off Guilt - gotta deal with it

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A day off from exercise, that is. In my great rush of enthusiasm for all things Healthy Living I did rather vigorous workouts, especially lower body workouts, 3 days in a row. Two longer sessions with the elliptical machine at the gym and a 30 minute step session at home left my thighs complaining. I know the rules - especially when it comes to strength training - give those muscles a 24 hour break. And though step and elliptical are both cardio exercises, they're also lower body weight training. At least, in my book they are. Those thighs are basically doing the same thing they do when I use the leg press machines and Tuesday they told me they needed a rest!


So they got their day off and today they feel better for it and ready to jump back on the ... well, the track or the elliptical or just back out there exercising. But there is still this niggling bit of guilt. This nagging sense of "oh ho - so you're slacking off now, are you? Quitting already?"

Now, the good wise sane part of me knows that I needed a rest and I ate sensibly and drank plenty of water yesterday. In short - I had a healthy day of rest yesterday. More importantly - this time I chose to rest, I didn't choose to skip exercise. But my recent history of slothful non-exercise is enough to bring on Mr.Doubt to taunt me.

Well. I hear him but I refuse to believe him. I will show him that past digressions notwithstanding, I am at the beginning of a long life of healthy living. I'll be back out there today, getting some good, steady cardio exercise. The blood will course through my body, sending all those rich nutrients I'm eating to the places that are hungry. Endorphins released from my brain will wipe away guilt and lift me to a nice runner's high. And while I'm moving I will remember that the whole point of this is to feel good as I live the second half of my life - not to feel unjustified and worthless guilt about some artificial setting, number, level or standard.

The true goal is a fulfilled life. So there. I have banished guilt today!
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    Saying no to something, even something like exercise (which we want to do) is also saying Yes to yourSelf,
    I was taught that any time I'm feeling guilty, then I'm operating on somebody else's rules...because if they were my rules I'd be doing it. So you are operating on the principles of healthy living by allowing healthful rest. Healthy choices is your rule, if I'm reading correctly, so you are totally on track, even when you are deliberately off of it.

    So does Mr Doubt have another name?

    3059 days ago
    Taking a day easy means you will not have to take days off from overdoing a good thing.
    Enforced inactivity due to an injury is much worse! Tell Mr Guilt to take a vacation emoticon
    3059 days ago
    I am taking today off myself but I will be back at it tomorrow with a good attitude, I have noticed that I hear that voice and I am learning not to listen, trying to keep a healthy attitude is one of the best things w can do for ourselves and looks like you are doing great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3059 days ago
    Great attitude! Today is my off day as well and I know how you feel!
    3059 days ago
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