Yes, you read that right, I took last week off of exercising; the ENTIRE week (well at least form exercise, we were so busy that I still hit at 12,000 steps each day). My body, mind and everything in between needed it. I made this decision for a couple of reasons one being my body was beat (my workouts were killing me and I wasn’t feeling great from them), I knew I was pushing it too hard for too long with no rest. My second reason was it was rehearsal/recital week for my girls’ dance studio and this week is no joke. We had rehearsal Monday, Tuesday, Thursday with shows Friday and Saturday (these we late nights for my little ones). Talk about an exhausted Mama, Mimi, and 4 little girls. It really was fun, but I must say it’s nice to be done. Bittersweet would be the best way to explain the day after feeling. So much work went into those two nights, but it was worth all those smiles. (I will post pictures and more details on the show in a later post)
I love that since I started counting macros I don’t rely solely on exercise to keep my body looking and feeling the way I like it. This past week I stuck to my macros 100% and I felt AMAZING, even though I wasn’t working out. I have learned so much about myself throughout this process and I know that my body is the way it is mainly because of how I choose to eat. I don’t need to kill myself 6-7 days a week. Taking a rest day, week or month is fine for MY goals. I simply want to be my healthiest, happiest self. I know my mind is still a work in progress and my most difficult thing to train. But, I am getting there, one day at a time.
I will definitely be taking a week off every so often. I am thinking every 6-8 weeks depending on what we have going on. It is just such a wonderful mental break and since I get up at 5am to workout I was getting at extra hour of sleep each morning. I am going to really start listening to my body and I know this is the start to a beautiful mind, body relationship.