Monday, April 16, 2012

My Body Needs a Break

Damn, my body was not happy today.  On top of that I woke up this morning with a tinge of sore throat.  Now I feel a bit silly for exercising 5 days in a row last week.  How many times have I said that my body does not do well when I go more than three days in a row?  And I did five.  Ugh.  So I spent half the day trying to figure out what I should do.  What I wanted to do was exercise today and then take Tuesday and Wednesday off.  That way I'd get 2 days in a row off but keep on my schedule for the remainder of the week.  While I wasn't convinced it was a good idea to go to the gym today at all, in the end I decided to go but to take things light.  I felt proud of myself for getting out of the yes/no thinking and coming up with an alternative that seemed workable.  The other thing pushing me was being almost out of points and wanting to eat dinner.

So I got to the gym and due up on my schedule was 25 minutes on the bike followed by back/biceps/core work.  I got on the bike and was thinking of "taking it light" by lowering the level from 7 to 6.  But 6 still looked pretty challenging and I knew a challenge wasn't what I needed.  I was also reminded of a funny exchange I had recently.  I was talking with the owner of the gym, Mark, and one of the staff, Glenn, about the Cinderella Classic.  Somehow we got to talking about food...

Mark:  So, did you eat a bigger breakfast to prepare you for the ride?
Me:  Pretty much, I had a larger than normal bowl of Special K.
Glenn:  What'd you do, have 2/3 of a cup instead of 1/2 a cup?

Busted.  I never said I wasn't rigid.  So yeah, I happily decided to do level to 5.  And it turned out to be perfect.  I was still challenged a bit but mostly I was just cruising along at a fast rpm without much resistance.  After the bike I did my bicep curls, assisted pull-ups, etc.  I did the plank, decline crunches (now I'm doing them with a 10 pound weight!), etc for core.  I felt much better energy and mood-wise than when I'd arrived but was also still feeling a bit sore and tight, especially in my hamstrings.

So that's it, I'm taking tomorrow and Wednesday off.  Oh, the horror!  I have to watch my eating because I have almost NO weekly points left.  Staying within my daily points is a challenge.  But I'm not going to worry about it.  Worrying about possibly being hungry in the future is not helpful. In fact, it's sabotage thinking.  I know I can get all the food I need, I will make choices, no one is forcing me to do this.  If I am hungry, and if it is beyond normal between-meal hunger, I will eat.  Seems simple enough, right?


  1. How about this for a mind challenge for the next few days? Come up with creative satisfying snacks worth around 100-150 calories/1-2 points. And maybe even ones the kids can help make...fruit-veggie faces or animals come to mind. Just an idea xo

  2. Sorry for double posting, but I bet those laughing cow wedges are perfect for sticking things on and together

  3. Have you been taking it easier every 4th week? That will help keep your immune system - and motivation strong - and it's a natural way to train-increase stressload over a 2-3 week period, then a week easier to recover and re-build....? You are doing awesome generally so keep it balanced!!

  4. Did you know the recommended crossfit schedule is 3 days of workouts & one day of rest? I can't do that bc of my work schedule but I do stagger a bit with yoga in between. Thought it was interesting to hear you say that about your body not liking more than 3!

  5. Kristy - that's a great idea. I should come up with a fun lunch the kids can help with on Wednesday and then we can picnic in the back yard. It's supposed to be a gorgeous day!

    Cherelli - I haven't been cutting back every 4th week, LOVE that idea. If I make it part of the plan I think I could handle doing less. How should I cut back? Do easier stuff the 4th week? Like take some zumba classes and stuff? Or do the same stuff but less volume? and/or less intensity? Do tell :)

  6. It's difficult to workout when one feels sick and sore but good for you for getting out there and working out at an easy pace.


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