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Rest Days!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How many of you out there have made the decision to get healthy, fitter, maybe loose some weight??

And how many of you have gone hard from day 1 - working out every day, cutting every single sweet, and feeling guilty if you have a day of rest.... or guilty for eating that cookie??

I'll bet there is a lot of people who this applies to! I used to be one of these people... but with a little experience and a little education I've completely changed.

I completely believe that one of the reasons people fail at staying on track with whatever program they are doing and don't reach their goals is because they over do it. Set small goals, aim to loose 5 pounds instead of 10 - when you loose that first 5 you'll feel amazing - Like you're King/Queen of the world! Now do it over again!! Set another small goal and GO FOR IT!

Don't beat yourself for eating that cookie - sure it's a big deal if you eat a whole bag of cookies or over indulge but one cookie?! I believe it's easier to keep on track with a clean and healthy diet if you allow yourself that one treat once in a while, not only that but the likelihood of over indulgence is far less if you're allowing a small treat here and there - you will crave it less.

Rest days are super important! You body needs it and craves it! I've learned you need to give your body time to recover so it can become stronger! Too much stress on your body, especially at the beginning of a fitness program will lead to exhaustion. Take a rest day, catch up on your sleep and RECOVER!

Keep in mind rest day does NOT mean eat whatever you want! Keep your food clean even on rest day! 80% = diet and 20% = exercise is what we all hear right?! Believe it!

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