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REST DAYS AREN'T SO BAD

REST DAYS AREN'T SO BAD

    It's been awhile since I've done this whole blogging thing, 4 days to be exact. And a lot has happened. All good stuff, great actually if I'm being honest. And this has lead me to completely change the way I look at rest days. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of rest days. In the past I have always taken them consistently on Thursday's and spent pretty much the entire day wishing I was at the gym or thinking about the next day's workout. With a little bit of productivity and icing my legs thrown in. However, over break things did not go according to plan, and honestly I couldn't be happier about that.

    I had a week where I never even took a rest day, just worked out/ran 7 days consecutively to prove to myself that I could run 50 miles over the course of a week. Then I had 4 days in a row off from the gym for a family vacation. After that, I felt like going back to working out 7 days a week for the remainder of break only made sense. I mean who even needs rest days when you're on a break from the whole college life and trying to get leaner and way, way more jacked?! Everyone and Anyone who trains hard on a regular basis...that's who. So, when a new year rolled around...rest days became both a priority and a necessity.

    Taking that first rest day on a Saturday instead of a Thursday was so tough mentally. Like I knew the gym is always way busier on Saturdays, so it made perfect sense...but my body still woke me up in time to hit the gym at our normal time anyway. What was even harder once I got to the gym was keeping the promise that I had made to myself of only walking for an hour at 3.5 mph...which isn't really that slow of a walk but its whatever. On top of that, the whole not staying at the gym for the full 3 hours that I normally do just felt wrong/lazy/completely absurd. Even though I knew in the back of my mind that taking that day off would make the next days workout that much less painful and more productive, it still felt like I was slacking off and not taking my training as seriously as I should be.

    Flash forward to this past Saturday, the second official rest day of 2018, and thing went completely differently. I was able to sleep in until 7:00...which is so huge for me, and I only went to the gym to show my mom's friend around. I did zero working out and I didn't even feel guilty for a second. Or like I had to completely starve myself because I wasn't burning upwards of 3,500 calories a day like I do on a normal day. And, for once in my life, I actually had plans that I was super excited/nervous about....so thinking about the gym and not working out didn't even cross my mind. Plus, I had the energy to stay up until almost midnight that night, which hasn't happened in literally forever. And, surprise surprise, I got up the next day at my normal time to hit the gym and still manged to have a great workout despite the fact that I hadn't gotten much sleep.

    You see, rest days aren't that bad when you take the time you'd usually be at the gym and spend it with going out and having a great time with even greater people (or just one fantastically awesome person). Yeah it can some getting used to, but at the end of the day, life's just to damn short to have your entire life revolve around the gym and working out. You have to be willing to prioritize spending time doing other things and making memories that will last a lifetime over being that hardcore person in the gym who never misses a workout. Find a balance between gym a life that works for you and your lifestyle. Stay out way too late on the weekend and then find out just how dedicated you are to making the most of your 6 (or however many days it is for you) days in the gym. Be selfish with your time and spend it with the people who make you smile, laugh, and just overall have the best time.


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TAKING A STEP BACK // SELF-REFLECTION

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