It is positive thinking to reserve a rest day for your body, mind, and spirit to recoup and heal. Sometimes if you push too hard, there is muscle damage, and you need to allow healing. 1 day a week, I stretch, and may or may not do light cardio, but I give myself a much needed break. It works!
I schedule Friday as a rest day, but if I feel energetic, I will do a light cardio on the wii-fit plus. Sometimes I move it to Sunday. I find I am so worn out from my work week, that giving myself down time on Friday I am ready and willing to put in a good cardio on Saturday.
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I've noticed that when I eat high protein breakfasts, I eat better for the rest of the day and rarely get hungry between meals.
If I eat processed carbs (cereal, muffins, etc), not only am I hungry again in a couple hours, but it starts a cycle of grazing on bad carbs and sugar which can last all day and result in too many calories consumed. Instead: have an apple and scramble an egg w/ cottage cheese.
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