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Having a tough time....

Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's not what you think and it's not "bad." I'm having a tough time taking a day off from exercise and just relaxing. I have one of those go, go, go personalities and when I do something it's never half way. (I could have phrased that much differently. emoticon )

I didn't do any real "formal" exercise yesterday so I feel the need to do something today. Even though I know I did plenty of walking yesterday. It wasn't a "workout," but it was consistent movement and it was pretty much most of the day.

I often feel tired at night and wonder if I'm doing too much and/or not eating enough. I like where I'm at according to the scale, so I feel my calorie range is good. I should mention that when I feel tired, it's right before I workout which always perks me up.

I guess I'm a little afraid that if I let up, I'll lose everything that I've "gained." Positive gains, that is, but I don't want to gain back my weight, either. I like my tone and I really want to keep it.

So, how do you all balance workouts and rest times? I think I'll just go for a walk today and do an ab/arm workout. emoticon

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    My fiance also is a person that MUST workout every day. He could work both jobs in one day and he still goes to the gym for at least 45 min. I say you balance it by doing something different for your body a couple of times a week. Instead of running one day, go swimming or go to a yoga class or ride a bike. Mentally it will feel like a fun break and recharge you and physically it willuse different muscles to keep you from fatigue.
    1761 days ago
    I also took Sunday off. Semi planned rest day - I was totally tired, and it felt good to have a rest. Just with the calorie balance, I didn't manage to scale back accordingly.

    For me, the rythme is 5-6 days workout, 1 day rest, or 2 day rest.
    I follow the weekly calorie burned/eaten.

    Do you have an exercise plan to follow?
    Even the smallest plan, like what and which they I work out, helps a lot for me.
    1762 days ago
    I always have a walk to fall back on, even if it's just a 10-minute one. I have to get back on my strength training plan because I know that will help my running. I've been kicking around the thought of trying my daughter's Insanity workout, even, but I have to do something more. Enjoy your down time without feeling guilty. You've definitely earned it.
    1762 days ago
    I used to feel the way you are. I used to think that if I wasn't working out every day, I was going to gain all the weight back. Well, that's just not true. Taking a day off from your routine does not make you a slacker. And it certainly doesn't mean you're going back into the abyss.

    I take "sanity" days now and then. Most times, I really enjoy hitting the gym and getting in a work. Some days, I need to take a day off. What do I do ? If it's a nice day and I feel like I have some energy, I'll take a walk. Some days, I'll just stay home and REST. Maybe I'll read a book or play some video games. No guilt.

    Think of your rest days as times when you recharge your body's batteries. you don't want to run yourself ragged. The right amount of exercise will keep us fit and healthy. too much can actually break down our immune system and make us sick. It's a fine line. but, you need to treat your body with respect.

    Like my yoga instructor says,"don't abuse". It's important to listen to our bodies and take those rest days when we need them. Otherwise, you risk injury, fatigue and burn out.

    1763 days ago
    I'm addicted too. I used to workout 7 days a week. Now I take Sunday off. It hasn't hurt my progress. Taking a day off won't hurt yours either. But honestly, if you have a go go personality, you'll want to exercise every day. It's who you are. My friend can not start her day without working out. It's her sanity. Gotta say, as much as I like to exercise, I love a good nap just as much!!

    1763 days ago
    You are doing great, and you would still be living a wonderful active healthy lifestyle if you did 10-20% less workouts : )
    But I understand your being worried about losing everything you gained if you let up just a little. I'm a perfectionist in rehab myself too...
    I found walking is a good compromise: it is a workout if you look at it one way, and rest and relaxation if you look at it the other way : )

    1763 days ago
    Can't help you. I'm just like you. Going 24/7 unless I'm depressed/down. Then I'm not doing anything. I don't take much "rest"
    1763 days ago
    An "addictive" personality tends to substitute one addiction for another (food, no longer, exercise now). I speak from experience... if I don't exercise, it makes me vaguely anxious, which can be one of those danger signals for turning back to the food.

    "Coiled spring", if I *don't* succumb to food generally leads to a really great NEXT workout. So... learning to deal? Still working on it... but it involves a good deal of self-talk. Talking myself down from the anxiety. Journaling to figureout what feelings I'm avoiding.

    And a walk? Great for sorting out the mind without overtaxing the body... gentle active recovery!

    Good luck... and Spark on!
    1763 days ago
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