It’s no secret that I haven’t been working out as much lately. Returning to work, catching a cold, and taking care of a sick and teething toddler have all played a part in that. But now that I think about it, I probably would have wanted to take a break anyway. When I look back on the past few years, I’ve tended to take a break after doing well for a few months. I’m not sure why. Maybe I get complacent. Maybe I get tired. Maybe it just gets old. The one thing I do know is that I always come back to running, lifting, and eating well.
Well, actually, that’s not the only thing I’ve realized. I also know that even during the breaks, nothing much changes. My fitness level stays about the same. Sure, I might get a little winded sooner than I would have. Or maybe my legs are a little tighter. But, honestly, I always feel like I’m picking up where I left off. I also feel like I look the same. I might be a little “fluffier”, but the muscles (ha) are still under there. They don’t just melt off after all. They just retreat a little. 😉
This break has been no different. I’m still me. I can still walk out the door and go for a run if I feel like it. I can still head over to the gym and lift if I want. It’s all still there, ready and waiting for me to get off my butt. Breaks are just that: breaks. I mean, it seems silly to point that out but it’s true. You are still you. You haven’t quit. You haven’t failed. You’re just taking some time off.
Listen. In life, everything has seasons. If you take a break from working out, you’ve just chosen your off-season. Honestly, unless being a super freak about health and fitness is your job, you can take a break whenever you want. And, by the way, even if it is your job, you deserve time to rest and enjoy other aspects of your life. Because this is your life. Please enjoy it. You only get one after all.
After the break I’ve just taken, I feel pretty darn good. I’ve gotten onto myself for being “lazy”, but I really haven’t been. It’s not like I lounge around all day doing nothing. I think our bodies do a good job of running on auto-pilot, if that makes sense. I haven’t taken part in a lot of actual workouts, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been moving. I haven’t been closely monitoring what I eat, but I also haven’t gained or lost any weight. Our bodies do know how to function without us micromanaging them every single day. It’s okay to relax a little.
I think I’m ready to dive back into some real workouts, but I’m not going to make any promises. I said I was going to do 2-3 workouts a week, and I did just that. Last week, I worked out twice. Is that a huge achievement? No. But it’s what I said I would do, and I’m okay with that. The workouts will always be there. Don’t dwell on the ones you skipped, look forward to the ones to come! Yeah. It just got real deep and motivational, huh? Kidding. Today, work out or don’t. I won’t judge you either way. 😉