I have time for a quick update before the monsters arise for another day of the grind...
I am taking a forced rest week. I need it desperately! For some reason, it is so very hard for me to take them, but I am just going to do it because I know it is the right thing. I will do some yoga definitely, foam rolling, walking outside if the weather holds (we're preparing for yet another big, well-known Spring storm in the Rockies so that remains yet to be seen...) or whatever seems right.
I got up and weighed this morning and I am down 2.4 pounds!! If anything, it is nice to know that my scale CAN go down when it wants to...
I just don't hold much stock in the scale anymore, especially with all of the weight lifting I do anymore especially since I know my body is changing. I also took my measurements and I am down a half inch in my waist, a full inch on my hips and a half around my abductors. It is nice, I will admit fully, to see that changing if anything!
Since I just started up on the NRoLL last week and only did two workouts, I am just going to start the program next Monday. I'll chalk last week up to the preliminary trying-to-figure-it-all-out stuff. I actually ordered the book (the one I have is a library copy) mainly because I am an underliner and highlighter for books so this way I can make my marks where I need to. I figure after I finish up the routine in the for Life book, I will most likely go with Supercharged, but that is still a ways off so I am not making too many plans there.
Really my plans this week are to enjoy a bit of "sleep in" time (not that I can physically sleep in... I try but when I hear my Keurig warming up, I can't resist the drink me now power of my morning cup of coffee... plus 5:30 is sleeping in for me anymore... sad I know...) and really focus on my nutrition and just allow my body to rest and recouperate. One of the best quotes I read on a fantastic article I read on deload weeks was this: your body doesn't get stronger from exercise, it gets stronger resting from exercise. www.tonygentilcore.com/b
I belong to a fantastic group on Facebook that has been such a tremendous source for me as I figure out my own program -- since going from relying on DVD's to doing things on my own has been quite the shift -- and they are very supportive of a deload/rest week. Some of them say to completely rest, some say to take things down a very big notch, but either way, I feel like I am doing the right thing by resting. One thing I can say for sure, I have no desire to overtrain or overdo things, been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and I still feel my shoulder sometimes. The rotator cuff is one area not to F with because it really does inhibit just about everything you could do.
So that is that. This week I am a smaller version than I was last week and I am feeling a bit better about things. I am working on myself a bit more mentally which is a big challenge, but something that I really need to do (thanks to everyone for such amazing support on my last blog... that one was a tough one to write).