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Recovery day to the max!

Friday, September 06, 2013

So I noticed something today, while looking at my spark history, every time I take a full recovery day and eat about 2000-2200 calories one day a week I end up dropping 2 to 3lbs and if I don't I stay the same or gain weight. I think my body is trying to tell me something. It wants to lose weight but it need the nutrients to do so. While I do eat very healthy I've noticed that my fat allowances are consistently lower and I get a little low on the protein. So today I will have a fun day of fat and protein. It will end up seeming like a lot of food but I'm going to do it and relax. Tomorrow, I will probably reap the benefits as I always do. It was frustrating going these last two weeks and not losing anything but I realized I haven't been doing my normal pattern. I have been working out like a crazy person, this week I've walked 25 miles, swam 400 laps, did two days of crossfit, and 2 pilates classes. So my body has burned over 8000 calories, the scale says I have gained weight. So today I will ignore the scale, drink lots of water, eat what I want, and take brief walks. Tonight, I'll drink my Friday detox tea and Saturday I'll probably see the scale move in the right direction. I think I will just make myself plan for this and focus on M-Th workout intensity of 5, Fri workout intensity of 0-1, and Sat and sunday workout intensity of 3 to 4. This way I am making sure I give myself a break because it does become difficult. I want so bad to lose weight but if I am not allowing my body to recover appropriately I am just making it harder to do. Never give up and never surrender.
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MT-MOONCHASER 9/8/2013 3:47PM

    Hey! -- This may just be your light bulb moment. All the advice I've read by exercise experts says that we need at least one day a week rest. Most say 3 cardio sessions and 3 strength training sessions a week. That leaves 2 days for rest or at least less intense activiity.

I hope this new plan works out well for you!

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