Sometimes life if funny. I think I've been handling the stresses of life like a rockstar.
I'm doing my workouts everyday
I'm eating healthy
I'm finally feeling in control of my emotional and physical health and then BOOM! You guessed it...
there it is....
my bowl of cookie dough.
Did I eat it? You bet I did!
It is this crazy phenomenon for me. I have the desire to control everything in my life. When it comes to food, the worst part is I usually implement my control to eat whatever I want because I CAN.
Could I have made better choices? Sure!
But it also gave me a chance to reflect on why I eat what and when I do. Mistakes are okay, I still have the rest of today to make great choices...and I think I will!
I know, right?!?
Sundays are always a rest day for me.
A day to let my body and my mind rest from the stresses of life.
A day to focus on the spiritual aspects of my life.
So...here I am....
Taking a sunset drive in my Jeep late Sunday afternoon.
Top off, music playing, singing with the 'soul' of Aretha Franklin...with absolutely no regard to who could hear me.
A great way to unwind.
"UGHHH...I don't want to workout today".
Maybe there is a reason.
It seems like in our society we have an "all in or all out" and "More has to be better" thinking.
I came across an article in Shape magazine about 5 years ago that shared reasons why we need a rest day. I don't have the article but these were the notes I had written in my workout journal.
1. Your muscles grow at rest. You are tearing down when you workout so you need to work hard. But you also need to let them have time to recover.
2. Overtraining can cause a weight-loss plateau. Working out too often or too intensely can help stimulate weight-loss, but most people don't realize it can do just the opposite.
3. Overtraining can mess with your menstrual cycle. I'm not going to lie, I wouldn't really miss Auntie Flo if she skipped her visit sometimes. But we all know the her presence indicates your body is healthy.
4. Sleepless nights. If you need extra sleep to fuel your workouts or if you are unable to sleep, even when you are tired....these both indicate something is wrong.
5. Overtraining can cause mood swings. IT's SO TRUE! Exercise can be a great antidepressant. Studies show it works just as well as medication for mild depression. You know, like a 'runners high'. But too much exercise can have the opposite as well, causing anxiety over missed workouts, workout schedules, and depression from being chronically rundown.
6. More you workout-the bigger the appetite. UGHHH! you can't just win, right? It doesn't take a brain surgeon to notice the link between exercise an d hunger. Women especially fear that cutting back on their cardio will make them gain weight, but thats not how it works. Most of the time your hunger will decrease with your lighter workout schedule, so you won't feel the need to feed your body as much.
7. You are tired all the time. We all love the awesome energy we get from an awesome workout, but more exercise doesn't always mean more energy. If your workouts are making you crash in the afternoon or drag though the day because your are so tired or so sore....you may be doing too much. Listen to your body.
8. Overtraining leads to burnout. In the end, it's all about balance. We all have limited resources, time and energy- spending too much on them on exercise can deplete you and lead you to burnout. Exercise is a lifelong pursuit, and it should make you happy. Find a balance that works for you-your body, your life.
9. It eats up your limited free time. Medical problems aside, hitting the gym for lengthy workouts everyday is a big commitment. It's important to make time for all the good things in life.
I personally like to take Saturday and Sundays off. A lot of Crossfitters do a 3 on 1 off schedule and do really well with it.
I did 6 days on 1 off for about 4 years. It worked ok. I was tired most of the time and sore most of the time and always healing some kind of injury. I didn't realize that my body was letting me know I need to recover better.
Working out shouldn't be your life,( unless you are a professional athlete). Your workout should enhance your life. It should make you better and stronger outside the gym. It should give you the inner strength to finish things you start...to do hard things....to know inside that you can give it everything you have and be happy with whatever the outcome is.
SO make that rest day fun! Do something that you don't ever have time to do.
I talked sith a few athletes today and could feel some frustration with scores on the board.
Ok...we all know the type. You know, the guy or the girl at the gym who always has the fastest time. The person whos score is better than the best athletes you know. The person the time that is completely ridiculous?
At first this used to drive me CRAZY! I wanted to call them out on it. Thats when it hit me.
Does there score really matter?
Does their score affect my workout?
Did it make me sweat less?
Did it changed how hard I worked?
It doesn't affect me and it doesn't affect you!
I want you to have integrity and count your reps honestly.
I want you to work your hardest.
I want you to move to the best of your ability.
I want you to leave the box feeling accomplished and worn out.
Do you really think I care if you are the fastest? I don't!
How do you know if you are improving if you aren't counting correctly?
It DOES NOT MATTER what anyone else has on the white board.
It's YOU vs YOU.
And maybe if people know you respect them and care about them , they won't feel the need to embelish their accomplishments.
Because at the the end of the day, isn't it all about being a better person.... working and completing hard things?
And maybe, just maybe...your example of integrity may just rub off.
Wouldn't that be amazing!?!
In the past 4 years I have stopped competing and have become a judge. For a long time I thought I had to compete to prove I loved CrossFit. But let's face it, competing is not for everyone. The choice to not compete in no way affects my ability to be a goood athlete.
I don't RX all workouts, I don't have absoloutely perfect form on all my movements, I don't always eat 'clean'. BUT, I am passionate about fitness. I love helping you to acheive your goals. I have learned to love judging competitions. I think it helps me be a better athlete and a better coach. I get to watch and learn different techniques of really good athletes. What could be better than watching the athletes I coach acheive new PR's and realize their potential.
I feel very blessed to have such great bosses and coaches around me, people who inspire me to be better. And if I can pass it along to you, help you feel better about who you are, help you find your inner athlete, help you acheive the goals you are reaching for, It's ok that I don't compete. I am happy to stay in the background and keep judging.
I want to give a shoutout to the athletes from Iota and Antietam that are competing in the "Leave No Survivors" at CrossFit Iota on June 6th. It will be alot of hardwork and alot of fun. Remember...
I 'LL BE WATCHING YOU!