Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Break

I realized last Wednesday that I needed a break. 

(I used to love this show!)

I've been working out 5 to 6 days a week since November. (4 to 5 days before the months before that). Several days a week, I work out 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Have been also been doing physical therapy for the shoulder about 8 weeks. On top of the 2 days a week, I teach Zumba. I was starting to get worn out...

So, I attended some great black history events - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Instead of coming back home and working it out...I got some extra rest. I canceled my (final) physical therapy appointment and rescheduled it for this week.  

Saturday I got up early and did 24 Lift and ran 2 miles. Sunday is usually my rest day and I indeed rested. Monday I skipped the workout and did laundry, cleaned my room & car, reorganized part of the basement.

It was just what I needed! I feel great. 

I probably wouldn't have taken the break if the Urban Hiit Fiit gym challenge had continued on instead of breaking at the 6 week point. So, I think this is something I am gonna continue to do every 6 to 8 weeks for the rest of the year - take a break - a reduced workout schedule for a week and then back at it! 

I know it's critical to give my body a break from time to time. Over training can cause burnout - mental and physical.  

I've been reading Daily Word for Weight Loss. I ordered the book in November...accidentally shipped it to my graduate school friend who still works at the university picked it up for me & then proceeded to take FOREVER to send it to me. I was frustrated as I had planned on starting to use the journal in the new year. But, when it arrived last Wednesday I was delighted to find it's not date specific...

I love the positive and inspired words, prayers, and meditations it provides.

Here's a part of today's entry "Goal"....Feeling good mentally, emotionally, and physically requires an investment by me. So I set goals that keep me moving in a positive direction.


Finding Me, One Pound at a Time said...

I like it, GREAT advice!!

MissHaneefa said...

I am glad to see that you are taking much needed rest.

Anonymous said...

I love the goal entry.

ChiChi said...

You have to listen to your mind and body and if it says take a break, take a break! It's good for your mind, spirit and body!

I'm going to have to check out that book, sounds interesting.

'Drea said...

The theme song will be playing in my head for quite a while.

You definitely have to take breaks when you need them and, now, you know what it takes... :)

MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

@ MSF - me too :)

@ Ebbs, ChiChi - I'm loving this journal!

@ Drea - :)

Papi's Girl said...

Weight loss has been such a spiritual journey for me. I have only achieved the success I have because of my faith in God and my dependancy on His strength. I am glad you have a positive outlook on being healthy as well.

The body actually needs that time to repair and restore itself. Our minds and spirits need the same rest too. I am happy you took the time out to refresh. :)