Last Friday I made up my mind that I would not be lifting, or returning to the gym, for at least a week. While this made me feel anxious about losing the progress I had worked so hard for, forcing myself to workout when I am mentally and physically exhausted can be just as damaging.
Taking a week off from whatever form a fitness you practice can be far more beneficial than trying to make yourself go through the motions without power and motivation.
When I go long periods of daily, or near daily, workouts with little recovery in between, I start to hit a wall. My mind isn’t in it, my muscles are tired, and all around I start to feel discouraged and weak.
It is hard, but I have to remind myself that I am not weak because I feel this way, but because everyone needs to take time to let their body recover. Running at 100% around the clock will wear down even the toughest person, and that’s OK!
It definitely helped that we had some beautiful weather the last week, so all I wanted to do was sit outside with the pups and a good book!
I used my off week to detox my body of all the eating out I have been doing while traveling. While I tend to make healthful choices at a restaurants, there are always extra oils and fats that I don’t normally cook with added to the food.
I’m going to be honest and tell you I don’t believe in extreme detoxes. I can see very few circumstances that would legitimately require a person to go to such extremes as to only consume water and spices for a week.
That can be dangerous and unnecessary when trying to lose weight. There are much safer avenues to rid your body of the toxins consumed in every day foods!
When I need to detox, I go back to the basics;
Plain egg white muffins w/ half an avocado + Fruit salad
All Raw ‘Garden Salad’ + 1 Baked Chicken Breast
Cucumber Slices OR Raw Nuts
Baked Salmon + Asparagus
Boiled Corn on the Cob
All Day Long:
I followed this meal plan daily and by Wednesday I felt 1000 times better!
I complimented the whole foods detox by practicing yoga in the mornings before work.
I sleep better when I have done some sort of exercise so after a few days of nothing at all, I eased myself back into it with a yoga practice.
There are so many mental and physical benefits of yoga, I advise anyone looking for a place to start, or even a way to get over a plateau, to plop their bum on a mat!
I feel rested and cleansed and ready to tackle to coming week!
Tomorrow I’ll post about the awesome workout mash-up I got to participate in at my gym this weekend, it was difficult but so much fun!
I hope you all had an awesome weekend 🙂