Sweet & Salty
Perhaps one of the most craved combinations. Of course there’s chocolate & peanut butter, biscuits & gravy and guacamole and chips, but maybe I’m the only one who really craves those combos…
Back to sweet & salty.
Everyone loves this combo. Even if you aren’t having the combination together, most people find that after they’ve had something sweet they crave something salty. Or vise versa. My point here is that sweet & salty is the bee’s knees – the cat’s meow, if you will (or wait, is it the cat’s pajamas? I can never remember….)
My family is no exception to the sweet & salty rule, hence the reason why I whipped up a batch of this deliciousness last week for Turkey Day. I actually made a trial batch the weekend before, which was then devoured by Ninja in 2 days flat. He took one bite and begged me to make more. He’s so easy to please.
The best part of this little treat is the complete versatility of it. It literally can be made for any and every holiday. It can be made with any kind of chocolate, any kind of candy, and any kind of salty goodness you desire.
Reese’s Candy Pretzel Bark
Sweet & salty at it’s finest
1 1/2 Cups mini pretzels, broken slightly
1 lb. semi sweet chocolate
1 lb. white chocolate
1 large box Reese’s Pieces candy
Lay your crushed pretzels onto a lined baking sheet. Melt your chocolate and pour over the pretzel, smoothing and spreading it out evenly. Let it set (or don’t, it’s up to you!) and pour on the melted white chocolate. Immediately dump on your Reese’s Pieces, pressing them in slightly. Let cool and harden then break apart.
Like I said above, this is the batch I brought up for Turkey Day, but there was a trial run. For the trial run I used candy corn instead of Reese’s, which I actually really enjoyed, but Ninja requested the Reese’s for the Turkey Day batch, hence the switch. Either one is delicious though!
This dessert lasted only 1 day up at Daddy’s – in fact I’m pretty sure it was gone by the time dinner time rolled around. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so freaking delicious. Sweet & salty people, it’s a crowd favorite every time!
Give me some favorite food combos!
What sweet & salty foods do you like to mix? I love salted almonds and frozen grapes together!
Happy [ALMOST] Friday!
I’m back with Fitness Thursday this week with one of my favorite Kettlebell workouts right now. I’m pretty sure you guys know all about my love affair with this little cannon ball, but I’m just going to gush about it again. Because it’s freaking fantabulous. I know my girl Ellie agrees with me
Anyway, if you’ve never tried one of these little gems out, please do yourself a favor and grab one! The basic moves are simple, and once you have proper technique, it’s pretty easy to perform any of the exercises. Just remember – it’s all in the hips (name that movie!)
Alright so here’s the breakdown – perform each exercise for the amount of reps before moving on to the next exercise. So you will be doing 2 swings, 2 squats, 2 KB presses (each) and 2 KB snatches (each) before then moving on to the next set of repetitions. The key is good form and little rest. You are going to be thinking this is easy peasy until you get to rep 10. By 10 you are going to want to curl up in the fetal position. Just kidding – sort of.
This circuit is high intensity, so your heart should pretty much be in your throat by the time you are finished. Time yourself and see if you can beat your old time each new session you perform this. I don’t perform this as a stand alone workout. I typically run intervals or even box a little before this. This workout is kind of like a finisher to me, although you could also use it as a HIIT workout if you are crunched for time. It will take you under 10 minutes as long as you keep moving!
And just because I’m totally obsessed, here’s a current workout song I’m loving!
Ok, so I know it isn’t the original, but this guys voice is bonkers. Watch his live performance of it. I think he’s adorable. And just try to stop your hips from swaying to this beat, I dare you!
What is one workout you always enjoy, no matter what?
What song do you like a remake better than the original?
Hump day is slowly becoming my favorite day of the week. I know, I know, why on earth would Wednesday be my favorite? Well, for one thing, Wednesday is leg day, which is by far my favorite body part to train. Then of course there’s the fact that one of my favorite shows is on. Oh and it also happens to mean it’s party time!
So for today I thought I’d do something a tad bit different. It was brought to my attention this weekend (thanks baby sis) that I am constantly eating. I honestly hadn’t really thought about how much I eat until Little Sissy mentioned it, but now I am kind of fascinated by it. And no, I am not freaking out about it one bit. It’s more of a curiosity thing. So I thought I’d break it all down for you (well, mostly for me) and see just what the heck my little sis was talking about!
7:00AM Pre-run fuel
naner with a side of Jax!
I typically have a slice of PB toast before a run, but I just wasn’t really feeling it I guess. Knowing I couldn’t go without any sort of fuel, I grabbed a naner to at least get something in my tummy. I go grocery shopping after I run, so the last thing I wanted was to be ripping open food in the grocery store to quench my grumbling belly!
10:00AM Post-run refuel
homemade waffle, blackerries, coconut oil/honey
After I gulp down about 32 ounces of water (nope, not kidding), I whip up some breakfast. I typically have a cup of joe alongside as well, depending on if my body needs some warming up or not. Now that it’s winter time, I’ve officially transitioned into hot liquid only mode. Seriously, it’s tea or coffee, all day long. Hence why post workouts I chug my water!
12PM – Lunch
chicken lettuce wraps
I wish I could take credit for this creation, but I most definitely cannot. This is a meal put together courtesy of Fresh n’ Easy. I picked it up on sale for about $2 and seriously adore everything about it. It’s packed with veggies from mushrooms, peas, and carrots and has nice chunks of ground chicken. NOM! Plus it had about 3 servings, which means I can eat half for lunch today and bring the other half to work the next day!
2PM – Snack
Mid afternoon is always my downfall. By that time I’ve typically been sitting on my bum at the computer for most of the day, and I’m just restless. I usually get up to stretch my legs and walk around, which ends up with me in the kitchen.
Pretzels & hummus = no portion control
I don’t even bother to grab a handful of pretzels and scoop some hummus onto a plate. Nope, I just sit at my desk with the entire bag of pretzels and the big ol’ tub of hummus and get to work munchin’. No shame here!
5PM – Dinner
corn – rice, black bean, avocado & cheese burritos
First off, yes I am aware that Ninja and I eat dinner earlier than 70 year olds. We can’t help it if that is when our tummies are begging to be fed though. Growing up, 5-6pm was always dinner time, so why bother change that now right?! Plus I have to make sure we still have time for a sweet treat later…
7-7:30PM – Sugar fix
Reese’s Candy Bark
I can’t go to sleep without my daily chocolate fix! Typically it’s a few squares of dark chocolate or maybe even some hot cocoa, but ever since I whipped up a batch of this candy bark last week it has been my go-to sugar fix. No worries, I’ll be sharing the recipe later this week
So there you have it, a full day’s worth of eats. I don’t know what Little Sissy was talking about. Now that it’s all up here, it doesn’t really look like that much to me! Except for the whole pretzels and hummus binge…maybe I should work on that…
Eat every few hours or have 3 meals a day?
Do you need a sugar fix at night?
Is it December? For real?! Man oh man did this year fly by….Not to mention my Thanksgiving vacation! It seriously feels like we were just getting up at 3AM and heading out to Daddy’s. Now it’s Monday again and it’s back to the grind…
But before we get back to grindin’ (mind out of the gutter people), I thought I’d give a quick recap of my trip!
THURSDAY: I was up at 3AM (after pretty much not sleeping at all – the excitement/nerves got to me!) and Ninja and I were out the door at 4AM like planned. Ninja drove the first half (only because he begged me to let him – he loves my new car as much as I do!). We stopped to fill up at the half way point, both needing fuel for my car and fuel for me (AKA caffeine!)
Getting my caffeine on
Another 2 hours later or so, we finally made it to Daddy’s. Although the last hour was filled with quite the insane amount of texts from two very impatient children.
Little Bro: Where are you?
Little Sissy: How much longer?
Little Bro: Do you have like an hour left?
Little Sissy: How many minutes?
Little Bro: Sister said you told her you were close. How close?
Little Sissy: I’m outside, I don’t see you yet.
You get the point. It seemed like every two minutes they were texting me asking me where I was. I eventually just stopped responding.
Until finally, we were united!
Sorry…crappy Iphone pics…
Then of course, it was all about the fooood!
wheat roll, pistachio salad, steamed broccoli and turkey
As you may recall, I’m not so big a fan of Thanksgiving food. I did force myself to eat turkey though, because I wanted the protein and my mom had made a ton. It was actually pretty good, although I wouldn’t eat it any other time except Thanksgiving I think.
The rest of the day was filled with other munchies
ritz, triscuits, cheeses, sausage and spinach dip
This plate pretty much made up my diet this weekend (well, sans the sausage – that was for Little Sissy). I didn’t eat this entire plate full mind you…this was a snack plate for everybody, but this is basically all I ate while I was up there. Ok, so not entirely true, but it was a majority of it!
There was also an insane amount of Chex Mix! Holy smokes I forgot how yummy this stuff was…
FRIDAY: I was up bright and early Friday morning to get a workout in. Little Bro just got a nice weight set (squat rack, barbells, weight plates, dumbbells) and since I don’t have access to the squat rack nor leg extension equipment, I knew I needed to put it to good use! I opted to wait to hit legs until Brother was with me, so Friday I just put together a little circuit work for cardio as well as focused on chest and back.
I was about half way through when my cheerleader came out to join me!
While Little Sissy and I were sweating it out, apparently the boys had woken up and decided to get themselves some breakfast
I didn’t touch these bad boys (I find them utterly disgusting to be honest) but Ninja, Little Bro and Little Sissy seemed to like them….considering the entire box was gone in about 10 minutes! I refueled the proper way from my sweat session…
turkey & broccoli
After breakfast the kids drug Ninja and I to a movie.
Ok so they didn’t really drag us, I practically begged them to go with me. This movie was BEYOND adorable and the fact that it was mostly about sibling love made it that much better!
After the movie, the boys hit some Black Friday deals while Little Sissy and I stayed in the safety (and sanity) of our house. We opted instead to bake some cookies for the family.
Baking with a 9 year old is pretty fun. There tends to be no rhyme or reason to anything. Cookies just get ingredients dumped in and they simply get plopped down onto the cookie sheet and baked. Regardless of our sloppy ways, these cookies ended up being a huge hit. This batch made about 3 dozen, of which were all gone by dinner time!
They were such a hit that Mom had us write the recipe up and put it in her recipe book for future reference. I’d call that a success!
The rest of the day was spent doing random activities.
There were games….
There was snackin’
There was reading…
And of course there was plenty of snugglin’
SATURDAY: I was slightly over excited about my leg workout with Little Bro on Saturday morning. I wrote up a small workout for us consisting of squats, swings, leg extensions, hamstring curls, and walking lunges. After each exercise I did some cardio with Little Sissy, ranging from simple jumping jacks to burpees. Let me just tell you, by the end my legs were a wobbly mess! We finished up the workout with a short run down the street and back as a cool down.
After showering and cleaning up, we grabbed some Christmas decor and began our tradition of hanging lights. Every year on December 1st my family puts up lights, then at night we gather in the front yard to watch the house come to life, but since December 1st fell on a Sunday this year (and the day we were leaving) we opted to do it a day early!
And of course, I had to take a break in between putting up lights so that I could snap a few pictures…. Yep, this pretty much describes everything right here!
The rest of the day was spent lulling around the house. Sissy and I decided to bake a cake (because clearly there wasn’t enough sugar in the house already) while the boys cuddled up on the couch for some football.
Oh you know…just sampling the frosting….
chocolate cake & cool whip
Since Saturday night was our last night together, we knew we had to make it special. My family is big on just being together, even if we aren’t really doing anything, so that’s basically what happened Saturday night!
There were lights and a fire
Along with coffee and Christmas socks…
After spending some time by the fire, talking and cart wheeling in the wet grass, we all headed inside to snuggle up and watch a movie (Star Trek 2!). The kiddos went to bed around 10, and I spent the rest of the evening chatting with my mom and dad and watching Christmas movies on Hallmark.
And THAT is how a Thanksgiving break is spent in my home!
SUNDAY: In a blink Sunday came and Ninja and I were saying goodbyes. This is by far the worst thing I have ever done in my life. Saying goodbye to family is the most heart wrenching experience, especially when it’s to two younger siblings who beg you not to go. After promising to be back within a month, Ninja and I hit the road.
And now we are home and all I want to do is go back. But distance makes the heart grow fonder right? Right…
How was your Turkey Day?
Did you do any Black Friday shopping?
Let the butterflies begin!!
So, with tomorrow being stuff-your-face day, that means I will be getting up at the amazingly awesome time of 3:30AM. Ninja and I are planning to leave the house at 4AM so that we can hit the road and be at Daddy’s around 9AM, that way I can help mom with the food and what not. Well, let me just say, I’M FREAKING NERVOUS. No, not about the drive. I could do that drive in my sleep. It has been almost 6 months since I’ve seen the kiddos or my daddy, and I’m not entirely sure why, but there’s just something about that time in between that makes me super anxious. Which means, this little lady will not be sleeping tonight!
I guess I just hope that things will be the same when I get there. That Daddy will still think of me as his baby girl. That Little Bro still thinks I’m the “cool” sister. And that Little Sissy still wants to hold my hand whenever we go out.
So yes, I’m nervous.
So today instead of throwing a super intense WIAW post at you, this is just going to be random stuff for the most part. Picture vomit if you will!
BREAKFAST: Ok so first things first, my love for oats has been rekindled. FINALLY. For a while there, I was beginning to think my obsession with them had passed me by. NOPE! Back on the oatmeal train. Choo-Choo!!
1/3 cup oats, 2 egg whites, 2T flax, cinnamon, PB, honey & bloobs
I mean seriously. How could I ever be over oats when they look so stinkin’ tasty?!
SNACK: My go-to favorite fall snack right now. You bet your booty I’m bringing my rice cakes up to Daddy’s so that I can nosh on this combo while I’m up there! Although I’m sure Little Bro will give me a sideways glance or two. He never understands my food choices.
brown rice cake, cream cheese, cinnamon & apple slices
And of course there is plenty of this happening throughout the day too
I’m crazzzzzy obsessed with this stuff, as if you couldn’t already tell. I have 1 or 2 cups when I’m at work and have at least 1 every night while I’m plopped on the couch. Needless to say, my stuff is pretty significant. I’m a peppermint tea hoarder.
LUNCH: No secrets here, it’s more of a snack plate than a lunch, but who cares? This is what I do best, and my body seems to like it. And it’s not like I eat like this everyday (although it does seem like every WIAW post I have I never have a real lunch…), but with Ninja and I leaving for a few days, there really isn’t any food in the house. Thus, I’ve resorted to trying to get nutrients in any way I can!
peas, hardboiled egg, sweet tater fries, carrot fries & honey mustard
SNACK #2: I couldn’t very well go up to Daddy’s empty handed, so i decided to whip up one of my current favorite little treats. Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, I opted to make my Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Cake. Of course, I had to try out a slice to make sure it was edible…
With a side of coffee, because clearly I don’t consume enough caffeine throughout the day.
DINNER: As I said for lunch, we are on scraps here in this house, so dinner was just some leftover soup from a batch I made this weekend. Can’t really go wrong on a veggie filled soup in my opinion, especially when it’s loaded with cheeeese
chicken tortilla soup
Well, I wish I could stay to chat, but this chick’s got a to-do list a mile long before I gotta hit the road at 4AM tomorrow. So, Happy Turkey Day from my family to yours!!
Do you ever get nervous about seeing family you haven’t seen in a while?
What are your plans for Turkey Day?
Let the countdown begin….
That’s right peeps, only 3 days until you get to stuff your faces! You know, even though Thanksgiving food isn’t my favorite (go ahead, unfriend me now), I still look forward to this holiday a lot. Maybe it’s because there’s football all day, or because I get to go visit Daddy, or even because it’s completely acceptable to eat cheesecake for breakfast (don’t judge me), but truthfully, the reason I get so excited about Turkey Day is because of it’s meaning.
It’s a day to be thankful.
Now, whether or not that happens, is totally up to you and your loved ones. I for one, take my blessings for granted way to often, so when Turkey Day rolls around it’s a good reminder for me to just sit down and be thankful for all that I have. And believe me when I say, I have A LOT to be thankful for, and dare I say….marvelously thankful?! I AM MARVELOUSLY THANKFUL FOR…my God, my Savior, my Lord. Without Him, I can 100% guarantee you that my life would not be what it is.
I AM MARVELOUSLY THANKFUL FOR…my family. Seriously, my family is my entire world. I will do anything for them, and I am so thankful to have had the years and memories with them that I have had. I know a lot of families don’t always get to have that, so I am so thankful to be able to. And even though we are scattered all over and I only get to see them a few times a year, I don’t feel like we have a distant relationship at all. Little Bro and Little Sissy come to me with anything and everything just like I go to Sissy with anything and everything. We depend on each other, even when we are hundreds of miles apart.
Ninja – Daddy & Little Bro – Little Sissy
Tobias, Sissy & JJ – Baby Linc
I AM MARVELOUSLY THANKFUL FOR…Bestie! My one and only friend. Ok, so that’s not entirely true, but she’s the only friend that I actually hang out with. I have soccer buddies and church buddies as well, but we don’t get together for coffee or random shopping trips like Bestie and I do! Plus, she is literally the ONLY female that understands my obsession with sports.
On Bestie’s wedding day!
I AM MARVELOUSLY THANKFUL FOR…my body. Not too long ago, my body wasn’t something I was thankful for. I hated every bit of it and couldn’t understand how I could get so unlucky. Short legs, thick arms, athletic build…not exactly a girl’s dream body. BUT, everything is so different now. I appreciate my body now for all that it does for me instead of hating it for all that it’s not.
Instead of constantly berating and abusing myself, I now feel thankful for my body. Thankful that I have all my limbs. Thankful that I have full use of my body. Thankful that I am strong and powerful. My body may not always look the way I’d like it to or work the way I want it to, but I am still very thankful for what I’ve got – even those stubby stumps!
And lastly, I leave you with this….
THIS = TRUTH!
What are some things that you are thankful for?
It’s Friday, It’s Friday…Gotta get down on Friday….
Oh dear goodness please tell me no one actually likes that song. It literally makes me want to stab myself in the eye…with a spoon. You know what doesn’t make me want to harm myself though? Date night with my hubby.
Wowzers, someone needs to get a tan I think. Casper much? Stupid iPhone flash….
Ninja and I took a trip down memory lane last night when we went back to my high school for a school play that one of our high school girl’s from our youth group was performing in. It wasn’t as funny as the last one we went to, but she did great, and I was like a proud mamma watching her act!
The main point of this picture however, is to address the attire we are wearing. Notice Ninja’s flannel, jacket and hat? And my pea coat? That’s right folks…it’s officially cold here now, and I am loving every single freaking second of it. So much so, that soups have been a daily occurrence (ok, so only for the past like, 3 days, but still…)
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Or as I like to call it, dump it and go soup!
2 chicken breasts (uncooked)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounce) corn, drained
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
64 ounces chicken broth
2T chili powder
1T garlic powder
3 corn tortillas
2 T olive oil
Dump the soup ingredients into your crockpot, set it to LOW, and cook for about 6 hours. Stir it occasionally, but other than that, just let your crockpot do its thing! To make the tortilla strips, cut your corn tortillas into thin strips and cover with olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, stirring at 5 minutes to make sure the chips get cooked evenly on both sides. Once you are ready to eat, shred the chicken in the crockpot and serve it up!
And because I’m part rat and clearly needed more cheese on this sucker…
It’s the simple things in life, like cold weather and soups (and an immense amount of cheese) that really make me one happy ginger.
Are you a play or performance type person? I’ve honestly never been to a professional play…only ones put on by high schoolers!
Chicken tortilla soup with or without cheese? Ninja wasn’t into the cheese that much…I on the other hand, had enough for the both of us.
I’m so glad I no longer fear food.
I mean really, I freakin’ love food. Adore it even. Of course not to the point of obsession (ok, so that part’s a lie), but I digress. The point here is that, food is delicious and I love to eat it. Not all food is created equal however. Sorry bacon lovers, but that stuff ain’t ever passing through these lips! Bleh. I’ve been eating some pretty delicious bites lately though, and since WIAW is all about the food love, I thought I’d share some of it with ya!
First up let’s talk breakfasts….
I long for oats guys, I really do, but the weather and my time constraints in the morning (ie, too much time spent blogging) has been keeping me from my beloved oats in the mornings. I’m not quite sure how, but in the absence of my oats, my love for toast and eggs has grown immensely. Clearly my breakfasts have been less than extravagant, but thus far they have been working for me. Sometimes I dress up the toast (like the 1st pic) and other times I keep it dry (I’m not the only one who likes dry toast am I?). Point is, the egg-toast combo works for me, although with rain forecasted for later this week, I’ve got my fingers crossed for an oat emergence.
Moving on to lunch…
Sometimes we just need a little help am I right? Well, that’s been me as of late. No inspiration for lunch whatsoever, and though I typically do the whole snack-my-way-through-lunch thing, I’ve been trying to make an effort to have more well rounded meals. And yes, I do think that Annie’s Mac & Cheese counts towards a well rounded meal, so don’t hate on me. At least I added broccoli right?
And then there’s dinner…
Effortless, simple, and easy to prepare. That’s pretty much where my head is at when I’m in the kitchen these days if you couldn’t tell. Which is probably why this happened the other night… That’s right. I begged and groveled until Ninja took me out to dinner. Ok, that’s a total lie. I never have to beg and grovel to get Ninja to go out. He loves eating out and would do it everyday if we weren’t married (no, I’m not kidding). At least I kept it healthy right?
That is of course until this happened…
There literally are no words for this. Let me just say, I have shared quite a few brownie sundaes with Ninja in our years together, but never have I literally battled him with my spoon to get the last bite. That brownie was downright sinful.
So there you have it. My (somewhat) boring foods as of late, unless of course you throw in that brownie sundae. There wasn’t anything boring about that magical dessert!
What do you do when your inspiration in the kitchen fades?
Don’t mind me, I’m just over here sipping on my third cup of coffee of the morning. No worries, I’m switching to decaffeinated tea after this cup. Maybe.
Anywho, remember how a while back avocado pudding was like…all the rage? I mean literally every single blog I went to seemed to be posting a new recipe. And I’m going to be straight with you – I probably tried them all. However, whether they were sweetened with dates, naners, agave or stevia, I have found through all the trials that honey is probably my favorite. Just putting it out there, honey is pretty much the cat’s meow in my book. I could bathe in that stuff, which I kind of do seeing as how I use it as a facial mask, but that’s mostly so that I can lick my lips when bits of it seep onto them (have I completely and utterly freaked you out now?)
Personal preference aside, the great thing about avocado pudding is how utterly versatile it is. Just because I use honey here, doesn’t mean you couldn’t sub whatever the heck you wanted in it’s place. I actually think the thickness of the honey helps with the consistency, but that could just be me trying to convince you it’s the best option
Made creamy by an avocado, this pudding is naturally sweetened with honey!
- 1 large avocado
- 1/4 Cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 Cup almond milk
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place everything into a powerful blender and blend away!! Should reach a creamy consistency within minutes. Place in fridge to chill, then dig in!
I’ve actually been considering using this pudding in some sort of pudding pie recipe. Maybe a graham cracker crust, avocado pudding, cool whip and chocolate shavings? Mmmm ok well now I’m craving chocolate and it’s still only 7:30AM here. Crap.
I’ve actually been thinking of making a big batch of this stuff to bring up to Daddy’s for Turkey Day. I was thinking as an appetizer of sort. Maybe with graham crackers and pretzels or bananas to dip in it? I know I’d be all over it, I’m just not so sure my family would. Hmmm to experiment or not to experiment….
Ever tried avocado pudding?
What’s your favorite sweetener?
Who knew taking a rest could be so difficult?
I try to rest. I really really do, but some weeks I just can’t do it. Seeing as how that was my main form of abuse when I was in the midst of my ED (exercise abuse), I wish I could tell you that I had dedicated rest days each week that I would never dare think of skipping.
But that would be a lie.
My set rest day during soccer season (which is now) is to take Monday off. I workout Tuesday through Saturday and then have game day on Sunday. Typically I have to drag myself through Monday. My body hurts, my head is foggy, and I’m just all around exhausted, so forcing myself to rest really isn’t that hard.
Unless of course I have a bad game, which I did this past Sunday.
Let me just lay it out for you here. We were up 2-0 at the end of the 1st half, only to lose 4-2. Yikes. To add insult to injury, I started the 2nd half at forward, only to end the game at defense. Talk about a demotion.
It was hard to deal with. I came home and cried to Ninja about how unfair it all was. About how I work so hard, train so much, and yet have horrible games where I feel like I can do nothing right. So of course when Monday rolled around, I refused to let myself rest. By the time I made it home from work I was barely keeping my eyes open, my ribs hurt when I breathed in deeply, and my left hip was shooting pains down my leg with each step.
Did I rest? Of course not, because I’m an idiot.
And exactly what I thought would happen, happened. My workout sucked. I couldn’t get warm and loose because my body was so tired and stiff. I couldn’t get my intensity up because my brain was so fogged and my body was so exhausted. Shoot, I could barely lift the dumbbells because of how many times I had to push myself off the ground Sunday.
REST IS YOUR FRIEND.take a cue from this pup!
I think I’m going to make that my new mantra. Maybe get it tatted on my hand or something? Just kidding about the tat part, but really. I need to somehow remind myself how much my body needs rest, because man oh man IT NEEDS IT.
I feel like I have to re-learn this lesson every month. I get on a pretty good schedule with rest days and then BAM! something comes along and shoots the entire thing to hell. Something like a bad soccer game or a bad night of eating (ie binging) or even a comment someone makes. It’s little things that tend to send my mind spinning, and when my mind gets going, my body pretty much suffers because of it. Has anyone figured out how to switch off the brain yet? Because that would be pretty helpful to me….
Do you have designated rest days?
How do you deal with the guilt that comes from not working out?