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The rest day guilt

Friday, January 25, 2019

Every day since December 27th I have worked out. Every day since December 27th I have done my strength exercises and often times I also would go for a walk or do yoga. Every day since December 27th my rings on my apple watch have been closed.

Today is the first day that I am not getting my strength workout in. Today is the first day when my rings are not going to get closed.

Today is the first day I feel guilty. Guilty that I am not getting my workout in. Guilty that on the day when my scale did not give me a pretty number I decided to skip my workout.

My alarm was supposed to go off at 4:30am this morning. I was going to get my workout in, make lunches, do dishes, and get ready for my day of subbing a 4th grade class. What happened instead was that I woke up with a migraine at midnight and had trouble sleeping after that. What happened then was that I turned my alarm off. Then at 5:30am when my new alarm went off I got out of bed, made lunches, and got ready for my day.

I did not workout this morning. I left for school with the intention that when I got home I'd workout. But let me be honest with you, my body is tired. Some days the workout is easy, but most of the time I finish and I don't feel good (well other then the fact that I continued my streak). Most of the time I feel exhausted.

I haven't been sleeping as much lately since I started subbing. Trying to fit everything into one day when I am exhausted from simply being a substitute has caused my brain to have trouble shutting down.

So today I take a rest day. I got home and the last thing I wanted to do was my workout. Today I step back from my streak and remember why it is so important for a rest day.

While I LOVE the streak. While I LOVE closing my rings. I love my body most of all and it needs a break. I need to remember why we take rest days in the first place.

Tomorrow I will get my workout in, I will probably do two in fact. But today I let myself rest.

Starting next week I will be allowing myself a rest day. From now on I will be giving myself a rest day.
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    Keep listening to your body. Enjoy your rest days...they are well deserved.
    388 days ago
    I feel the same as you and CATE195 about the guilt when I don't get my exercise to my goal. I have reached a day when I had to stop and rest. We have to stay healthy and that means listening to our bodies and get the rest when needed.
    389 days ago
    you deserve a break.
    389 days ago
  • CATE195
    emoticon Sorry you're feeling guilty. Please know that our rest days are very, very important. You have done such a great job in the challenge and I know you will continue, but only if you allow your body to rest a bit. I have the same problem with my fit bit. I feel so guilty if I don't get in my 10,000 steps. My DH get frustrated with me and threatens to throw my fib bit away. Haha, but then I see how silly I am being. emoticon
    389 days ago
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