Hey there! It's NSV Thursday and time to link up with two of my favorite ladies, Katie and Ashlee!
This week, I just want to talk about something that I think about all of the time and after reading some of my favorite blogs this past week, this might be of some help to others, as well.
If you get a chance, check out this article from US News & World Report. It's called The Most Important Skill for Weight Management. The article really hit home for me and the summary is that life happens and no matter what your best efforts are in healthy living, sometimes life is going to throw you a curve. The only way to be successful in your healthy lifestyle is to Just. Keep. Going.
For instance, last weekend I PRd my running distance and ran 6.83 miles. Then on Sunday, I biked over 15 miles. I felt amazing; like I could move mountains. I was a little sore but overall feeling pretty damn good about myself and my efforts. I'm constantly amazed at what my body can do, so I'm constantly pushing the limits. Constantly.
Then came Monday and my Crossfit session with my trainer. My workout consisted of a warmup: 1 lap (.75 miles), 50 high knees and 20 squats. Done.
Run 1/2 mile
1 min plank
Run 1/2 mile
80 backslap jumping jacks
50 air squats
1 min each side, side planks
Cool down. Which I didn't even get to. Because at about lunge 35 of my first round I felt something tighten and almost snap in my left quad. Did I stop? Nope, I grimaced and I plowed on. And guess what that got me? The same feeling in my right quad. By the time I got to the final round, I could barely walk. But I effing did those MFing runs, squats, jumping jacks and planks.
I finally let on how badly I was feeling and I was given the stink eye from my trainer as well as the stern instructions to take the next few days off. I sorta gave her the "yah, as if" look and she told me about how being strong was not just about what your body could physically do and how hard you could push yourself, but that it is also about being mentally strong enough to say when enough is enough and to rest.
I have plowed through injuries before and ended up not being at my best for longer than necessary. I'm learning that I need to know when to quit; I sure as hell don't want to be out of commission for longer than necessary. But mentally, I'm not at the point where if that happens, I'd be okay. In fact, I FEAR the possibility of not being able to work out and push myself physically; I have literally become addicted to working out. I'm not even ashamed, in fact I'm pretty damn proud of that fact, but still...
"Instead of being frustrated that your weight management
or healthy living strategies are affected by reality,
try to remember that your best efforts vary.
The best you can do over the week of Passover or Easter is undoubtedly less
healthful than the best you can do the week after.
If your goal is your best, you'll never fall into the trap of repeatedly letting yourself down."
I have some work to do. I am going to try to remember this and to keep this at the forefront of my healthy lifestyle. I will continue to try my best every single day. Whether or not I'm successful is up to me, but tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to continue with this amazing healthy life I'm not only enjoying now, but hope to enjoy for the rest of my life.
So my NSV this week was just one: I did not stress about not working out the last two days. In fact, I actually won't be able to work out again until Saturday. But I'm not stressing.
I have to admit...it feels pretty good.