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Monday update

Monday, April 08, 2013

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... emoticon 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).
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    emoticon Congratulations on your De-Loading & Listening To YOUR Body!!
    emoticon AND WOO-HOO on the Inches Lost!! That is GREAT!!
    2383 days ago
  • no profile photo FLGIRL_4EVER
    Enjoy your deload week girl, you deserve it and so does your body. Proud of all the hard work you have been doing.
    2384 days ago
    Rest well! :)
    2385 days ago
    Nice job!

    I totally agree with the getting stronger after rest. That has been my observation, too.

    Enjoy your rest!
    2385 days ago
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    2385 days ago
    I truly think that this is exactly what you need right now. I am glad you are trying this. Let us know how it goes!!
    2385 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Ahh, Tony Gentilcore, great place for information. Geoff Neupert, the guy I buy all my kettlebell programs from says the same thing. That is is not how much work you can do, but what you can recover from. The resting days are were the muscle repairs and grows. My scheduled vacations are my deload weeks. I just bought Strong Curves: A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body by Bret Contreras. So I will see how that goes with my kettlebell programs. I am anxious to see how the program works for you! Enjoy the rest!! emoticon
    2385 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I'm sure this rest week will leave you re-energized and itching to workout even harder (but smarter) next week. Enjoy!
    2385 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog post! Enjoy your week to deload.

    2385 days ago
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