I took this morning off from the gym. Spoiler: I’m probably going to take tomorrow morning off too. I know this is horrendously shocking to some of you folks but honestly my body needs a break. I haven’t gone more than two consecutive days without being in the gym in the better part of the last 5 months. When my alarm went off this morning I made the decision that it would be a good idea to just shut it off and rest another hour.
Take a day or two off from the gym isn’t just about giving my body a break it’s also about giving my mind a second to reboot. I’ve had so many things dancing around inside my head for the past few weeks and I need some time to sort through them all and adjust course. I would like to build a workout plan that doesn’t have me in the gym six days a week. I think something based around four or five days would be ideal. That would let me deal with the plethora of work on my plate right now and simultaneously give me a little extra time to enjoy my summer and let my body properly heal up.
The biggest win I had today was not taking this day off from the gym but the fact that I didn’t spent the morning feeling guilty for doing it. I always say I’m going to take a week off only to end up feeling guilty the whole time. That’s a mentality I really need to shake. I shouldn’t feel bad for taking a break or for needing to prioritize something different for a short while. Fitness doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. It has to get integrated into our lives in a way that makes sense and fits with all the other pieces.
Ultimately being healthy isn’t just about how we look or how we feel physically but also where we are at mentally. If I look incredible but I’m mentally a mess then I’m not healthy because I’m not happy. I have to remind myself of that fact constantly. To be healthy I have to be happy. I need to put that shit on a sticky note in every room I spend time in so I don’t forget. Right now I am happy. I’m finding my middle again and I’m doing a better job of reminding myself to enjoy moments instead of always thinking about where I’m going next. That applies not only to the gym but to my job and my family as well. It’s nice to slow down and remember that life is pretty rad. I should do this more often.
Ok I realize I have attacked your faces with enough emotions to last for an entire year this week. I’ll try to tone down my face hugger levels of emotional crap next week. Again I make no promises because whenever I do that I make myself into a liar. For the remainder of the week I’m going to rest and relax. Next week I’ll jump back into the gym and we can talk about some informative topics that do not revolve around my FEELINGS.