One step forward


18. April 2013 by swissfitchick

Hi friends!!
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!!
Did you experience with overtraining before? 
How do you feel about a Restweek?

23 thoughts on “One step forward

  1. Esthi says:

    So glad your restweek went well for you! It sounds so simple “listen to your body” but it can be so so hard! Love you!

  2. nadja says:

    I’m so glad that the restweek went well and that the Whole30 challenge is going well too! The most important thing is of course to listen to our bodies, but sometimes our mind says something else and it’s difficult not to listen to it. As you wrote, I think you just made a huge step in your recovery and this is such a great thing! I’m so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished!

    • Thank you so much Nadja!! You name it – sometimes the voice in our head is just stronger. We definitely should learn to listen to our bodies more, they are SO intelligent! Have a wonderful day girl!

  3. Sounds like you’re on the right track on the road to recovery! 🙂 Taking time off from exercise IS a good thing but I know it can be hard to do. I am one to battle with that too, but when I do take the time off, like you said, my body thanks me by coming back even stronger! 🙂

  4. cleanfoodcreativefitness says:

    This is so awesome! What an amazing experience for you. Heather and Kasey did a great job making the focus of the challenge really about nourish and connecting with your body without exercise. I loved that. So proud of you girl!

  5. It’s great to hear that both of these challenges did you so much good, hun. I know what you mean about totally falling into that funk during this time of the year, after the winter has been so long and cold… I get the same way. But spring is here and sunshine and warmer days are o pn their way. All the more reason to treat our bodies kindly and be as healthy as we can be 🙂

  6. kepotts says:

    Lucie you’re such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your rest week successes & struggles! I’m proud of you for taking it so seriously & noticing that an entire week did nothing to change your body or fitness levels in a negative way, I’ll bet your body is screaming “Thank You”! Keep up the amazingly positive attitude 🙂

  7. You know how often I sing the praises of rest weeks :-p so great that it went well for you!
    I’ve been feeling so rejuvenated lately since the weather has gotten so much nicer…winter does terrible things for my mood and overall well-being. But since i’ve been starting to see the sun on a regular basis and get outside in nice weather, I’ve been feeling fantastic!

    • Oh yes, I feel you. The winter makes a different person out of me – as soon as all the christmas hype is over I start to fall into slumps. So happy the sunshine is finally back!!

  8. I think I would be scared to take a rest week. How do you know when your at a level of fitness where a rest week would be a good option?

    • I was scared too, but I can tell you, it’s worth it. It doesn’t really matter what level you are at, if you are training several times a week, then a restweek helps to come back even more powerful – you can only win!!

  9. This post is so inspiring! I especially like this line: “I live by ‘rules’ if I want to, or I set my own.” It’s so empowering to break free of all the things the media says and just listen to your own needs. Congrats on completing the rest week!

  10. Lisa says:

    I’m glad to hear the rest week “challenge” was such a great experience for you! It sounds like you learnt a lot from the whole concept which is amazing, and I’m really glad you realized your exercise was not helping but harming. That’s a whole lot of fitness in a day! What a cool thing that the rest week challenge, fell on the week you decided to take off.
    I hope the whole30 experience will also be a positive one for you! And it feels so much more freeing having your own rules, not listening to others.

    • Thank you Lisa!
      I am so glad that I took the challenge, it made me realize how I stressed over my workouts before. I hope I can keep the habit of workout less!

  11. Oh honey, I’m so proud of you! You have come SO far from the person you once were…you are strong, healthy, and beautiful inside and OUT! Love you and loved reading about the progress you’ve made! So happy for you! xoxo

  12. […] I manage to stick to 1-2 restdays a week – I really do that. And it feels fabulous. I even took a restweek off workouts back in April this year and it felt fabulous. I am not sure how it happens that I repeat this […]

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