Thursday, February 21, 2013

Resting when Rest is Needed

This morning when I woke up I knew there was no way I was going to hit the gym for my weights workout. I had coughed through most of the night and didn't feel well rested at all. I needed to rest, so I stayed home and rested. I was so glad that today marked the start of a 10-day holiday for me (Kuwait's National & Liberation Day celebrations) though of course it was an annoying way to start a holiday ... still, I had the opportunity to rest, so I did (not the sign of an exercise addict, right?).

I started to feel a bit better in the afternoon, and thought maybe, just maybe I can go to the Core class. By 5 p.m. I realized that I would be pushing it if I went. At that moment I decided - ok, get up - do something at home. I grabbed the Bosu ball and my foam roller and got to it. One of the requirements of the Whole Life Challenge is to do a minimum of 10 minutes of stretching/mobility exercises a day and 10 minutes of something active. I knew I could bang out at least 20 minutes.

I got it done - nothing too strenuous - just enough to get my body moving, work up a bit of a sweat, do some great stretching.

I felt good after that, followed by a hot shower ... and what made me feel even better was that after getting out of the shower I got a message from Marc saying that the Core class was cancelled - yay! So I didn't miss out and would have probably had to do a workout at home anyway! :)

I haven't had much appetite for the past 2 days but I'm trying to force myself to eat 3 meals just so that I make sure I'm still nourishing myself. Today didn't go too well - kinda skipped lunch - but I'm working' on it.

Yesterday's Workout
MMA training: Cardio Kickboxing (1 hour)
Stretching: 15 minutes post-workout
Burpees: 30

Today's Workout
General workout: 15 minutes Bosu ball workout
Stretching: 15 minutes

Yesterday's Food
Breakfast: 1 banana and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Lunch: 3 omelet muffins & 1/2 avocado
Dinner: Baked salmon & steamed veggies
Snacks: 4 dates, 1 orange, green tea

Today's Food
Breakfast: 1 banana and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Lunch: grazed on some raw nuts, had a few dates, had some hummus
Dinner: grilled chicken
Snacks: 3 cups of green tea


  1. Your body is telling you it needs a rest. Please listen to it and I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Thank you! Yes, definitely had a day of rest today :)

  2. Hope you feel better soon, take care :)


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