Let’s jump right in. Where have I been? Have I been training? Stretching? Cardio?
The answer is no. No to all of it and that is okay. Fitness is a part of my life but not my whole life. I needed to take some time off for a couple reasons… A few months ago I re-injured my knee, I was told I could continue to workout on it but not if it hurt… Let me tell you, it hurt. Taking the time off has given it time to heal, working out on it now feels completely natural. Mentally, I wasn’t in it. I was a zombie at the gym and didn’t want to be there due to family issues. My head wasn’t in it and I was in a low spot, I needed time to step back. I mentally and physically couldn’t go to work full time (some weeks 6-7 days), spend the time with my animals that they needed, meal prep, and workout. I was too mentally exhausted to do it all which is why I decided to take a step back and that’s okay.
Fitness is a part of my life, it isn’t currently my whole life. Will it ever be? Next year when I compete and am in prep, yes it will be my whole life but right now I’m enjoying the process. It will be my whole life when I take the leap into full time personal training but right now, it’s not. It’s okay to have hiccups, it’s okay to need to take a step back. You will not ruin all your progress (but don’t resort to eating everything and not doing anything physical).
For a long time I felt like I couldn’t take time off, I felt horrible for not eating perfect, I still don’t eat perfect), I felt like I would loose all my progress. That isn’t the case. You need to do what’s best for you mentally AND physically. If your body is telling you to take a step back, do it. Let me tell ya though, your normal workouts seem extra hard, and you’ll be extra sore when you get back to it.
SO do I regret taking time off? Absolutely not. Will I work a little harder to get back? Absolutely. Will I eat even cleaner? Absolutely. Will I have cheat meals? Yes. Will I have off days? Yes. It’s all okay if you’re going through it to take a step back and decide what you need both physically and mentally.
That’s all for now, be on the lookout for another free workout coming soon.