18. April 2013 by swissfitchick
I wanted to give you all an update on my restweek, a bit of the Whole30 and some more on my progress in recovery. I am sorry that this post got a bit longer – I just have so much to tell you!!!
Funny enough, I planned a restweek exactly for the date when Heather and Kasey planned the challenge. Since I knew I would be on my WHole30 plan, I knew it wouldn’t be too scary for me. I don’t mind to skip a workout here and there as long as I eat ‘right’. I still had my anxieties and wasn’t sure how it will go, 7 days without a workout. I planned some alternatives I could go for so I wouldn’t sit at home musing over the workouts I’m skipping. So I started a new knitting project – light wristlets and a light cap for spring – and borrowed Mom’s camera to go out and take snaps.
We were encouraged to do meditations, maybe soft Yoga and walks. Since I do my meditation anyway every morning, I stayed with that and most of the time added a light morning Yoga routine. I practised my affirmations and mantras while meditating and throughout the day and it helps me SO MUCH it’s incredible!! My determination got so much better and I feel much more free since I am working with affirmations and mantras.
Unexpectedly, I felt very peaceful and centered all week. I knew I would do the challenge 100% and I did not let in any doubts. I felt that my body thanked me for the rest, as it felt light and comfortable and I slept very well.
This experience helped me SO much regarding my approach of restdays/workouts. I did not have a good balance before the restweek. I exercised 2-3 hours a day 6 times a week. Since my fitness level was pretty darn high with all that training, I didn’t even feel powered out. My body went with it, it was fit enough. I even had to work harder and harder to actually challenge it. Still, I felt mentally exhausted – on mornings when I wanted to sleep, I dragged myself out of bed for the run. I still love my morning workouts, but I plan them differently now.
Also, I did not do any progress optically. Surely I did not gain weight, but neither did I get leaner. I stayed the same, even though I was working my butt off.
I did rest for 7 days and my body looks the same. Exactly the same. I did not gain 1 pound and my muscles are still here. I am very happy that I rocked this challenge and now allow myself to be so much more relaxed when it comes to my workout plan.
I also feel that in the last few months, I set myself free from rules. I live by ‘rules’ if I want to, or I set my own. We can read these rules every day in the media ‘no carbs after lunch’, ‘low fat, low carb, etc. I used to take them as if my boss or a teacher sits next to me, pointing at me and shouting at me these orders. I felt ashamed and guilty, shabby and failing when I would break a rule. It made everything even worse – the thoughts forced me into a vicious cycle of self-beating and to escape it all, I would binge. That’s how it was for many years now.
It’s different today. I am still aiming to eat clean and to get lean, but I do it with ‘MY rules’. I tried so many different diets and eating behaviors, meanwhile I know my body and I know what is good for me and what is not. Despite all the general rules.
I go with a program if it speaks to me, if it fits me and if I feel ready for it.
I felt ready to do the Whole30 challenge. I like the book a lot and it sounded reasonable to me. I knew I would do my body good if eating by these ‘rules’ and that I am ‘allowed’ to eat balanced and nutrient dense.
Because I chose this challenge now and not 6 months ago and because I have the belief that it’s something which is good for me and my body, I can stick to it. It’s the 11th day today and I am still convinced, determined and I stick to it. Not one second I let other thoughts questioning me nor do I doubt if I should break it. I do this for ME and I want to do it right. I know that I am strong and that I can finish what I started. Of course I would stop immediately if it wouldn’t do me good. If I would feel worse with this challenge, I would break it, hands down. Because I want to treat my body right and listen to it.
So far my body thanked me and made me feel good. So it can’t be wrong.
So these are some of my little steps I made in my recovery lately. I must say, that the weather and spring being here finally made a huge change too. I am always a bit throwed back into old habits when winter is long, cold and grey. My energy decreases big time and all I want is hiding somewhere. I feel better today and continue to step towards my goals. There might be bumps and slumps – like in every normal life and I know that not every day is a good day. But in the end, it is me who decides how to handle the bad days and I always have the choice to turn it into a good day.
If you made it until here thank you for listening, it means the world to me!!
Have a wonderful day my lovely readers!!
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