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Sunday Catch up: Knowing when to rest

Posted Mar 09 2012 4:08pm

Wow!  I cannot believe that another week has passed already.  The weeks just seem to be whizzing by at the moment at the blink of an eye. It has been another busy week with work and my thesis and I cannot wait for my week off at the end of the month for some much needed me time and relaxation.

It has been a great week of workouts and I actually managed to get myself in to a Body Pump class this week too.  It meant having to buy my ticket early in the morning from the gym, going to visit my Nan and then going to the class later in the evening, a bit of a faff but totally worth it.  We had a replacement instructor this week and she was just as good at the usual, which doesn’t happy very often.  I can be very particular and loyal where my fitness class instructors are concerned. :D

Monday: 30 minutes of high intensity intervals on the step machine, cross trainer and the bike, strength workout 1 and a 5 minute cool down on the bike

Tuesday: 45 minutes of high intensity intervals on the rowing machine, cross trainer and the bike (15 minutes each) plus 100 ab crunches (4 different varieties of 25 reps each) and chest presses

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 15 minutes of high intensity intervals on the cross trainer 1 hour of Body Pump

Friday: 10 minutes of intervals on the bike and 10 minutes of intervals on the bike, strength work out 2 and a 2 minute cool down on the bike

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 4 mile run and yoga for runners podcast from Yoga Download.com

Again this week I felt that I needed another unplanned rest day mid-week caused by all my rushing around which left me feeling too exhausted for my planned evening yoga session.  On most part I love to workout 5-6 times a week with a mix of cardio, strength and conditioning and yoga and stretching.  My mission to try and fit everything in to one day and failing to admit defeat long term isn’t going to do my body or mind for that matter any good at all.  Without wanting to inflict any harm on myself I have tried to admit to myself that I need to slow down and take it easy otherwise I will burn out.

I very much like the idea of a routine and it takes me a while to get used to changes, but going forth I have decided to be kinder and gentler with my body and take two rest days a week instead of one.  I’ve decided to workout 2 days, take a rest, work out another 2 days, rest and then work out on the Sunday.  At this moment in time this is going to work best for me. I tend to be scheduled to work every Wednesday, but not working out in the morning means a that get to sleep a little longer and I can use the evenings to take some time out for myself, which doesn’t happen very often anymore.  I’m really looking forward to incorporating the extra rest day into my routine and focusing on other things that I love.

At the end of the day not working out an extra day isn’t going to do any harm, in fact in my case it’s going to do me the world of good.

It has also been a great week of eats too…

From left to right:

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A berry “ice cream” smoothie for breakfast- freakin’ delicious!

A snack plate of raw carrots, red pepper, tomatoes, a boiled egg and some Blue Diamond almond thins that I ordered from iHerb .

Sushi for lunch- it had been far too long!

Apple and Berry Crumble made for my Nan…yum!

Pre-gym snack of soy yoghurt, apple and cinnamon granola and Justin’s hazelnut butter, crazy about that nut butter.

Stir fried veggies with smoked tofu and a sesame, sweet chilli peanut flour sauce.

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This week I have really been on a smoothie kick especially ones that contain lots of frozen berries for added creaminess and thickness without adding any gums.   Earlier in the week I made a smoothie which was more like ice cream.  It included frozen cherries, black berries and  red currants, a banana, chocolate and peanut butter swirl protein powder and rice milk.  Topping are always essential with a smoothie in a bowl I headed straight for the almond butter and chocolate covered sunflower seeds just because I was in a colourful kind of mood. Amazing!

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The other day for lunch I made a jacket potato using half of a large sweet potato and topped it with garlic and red pepper Sabra hummus and some tomato and chilli chutney…

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This was such a simple but awesome lunch and Sabra hummus is like a drug- there is nothing like it!

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On Thursday night I made a mega stir fry for dinner.  I had treated myself to some smoked tofu earlier on in the week.  I also bagged some tempeh too as I have been missing it, but this time I decided to crack open the tofu for dinner.  I stir fried mixed veggies which included carrots, asparagus, mushrooms and broccoli in ginger, rice vinegar and soy sauce, heated the tofu and made a peanut flour sauce with the addition of sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil.  This was just lovely!  The smoked tofu works so well with peanut flour sauce, but then again nut butters and PB sauce goes well with anything. :D

Sorry for the wordy piece in the middle of the post but I like to be honest and upfront with myself and you guys so I know where I am at mentally and physically, writing this blog is definitely a great way of keeping track of things and how I have dealt with them.  It’s almost like having a diary I guess, but I just share it with you lovely guys too.

For the first few days of this week I will be hibernating in Oxfordshire for a few days for a change of scenery, hopefully some new surroundings will inspire me with writing my thesis as I am feeling less than creative writing my discussion at the moment.  Have a great week everyone!

Are you good at admitting that you need to slow down?

When you know that you need to take time out do you just carry on regardless or allow yourself your body and mind the time it needs to recover?


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