Hi hi hi! (P.S. Who says “hi” three times in a row? I guess it’s just me getting really excited to talk to you guys.)
Today is my rest day and I’m totally diggin’ it. I used to hate rest days… I felt like a big blob and that little devil on my shoulder kept telling me that I was lazy all.day.long. Hence the reason I rarely ever took rest days back in the day. Well, I brushed the devil off and can happily say that those days are long gone.
I take two rest days per week now (some people would actually argue I take three since I consider walking a workout some days), and it’s totally working for me. My body doesn’t feel run down like it used to be, I enjoy my workouts rather than dread them, and I get more time with my little man and husband! Oh and even better? I feel more confident than ever!
I do love fitness and exercise, and it’s something I will always be passionate about, but I will never be obsessed with it like I once was. It wasn’t good for me mentally or physically, and it was constantly wearing me down. I still make a point of being active, getting my heart rate up, strength training, and breaking a sweat, but I don’t stress about it … I just let it happen!
Some days, weeks, and months will involve more high intensity exercise while other times it’ll be more low key – it just depends what I’m feeling. Like lately? Lifting weights and circuit workouts are my jam, and I’m not really into the whole running thing. I know my passion for running will ignite again, and I’ll get back into it someday. I’m sure I’ll go through a phase that I’m addicted to group fitness classes when I get my gym membership back. Yoga hasn’t made an appearance around here in awhile, but I absolutely loved it pre-pregnancy and during my pregnancy. I’m sure I’ll eventually get back into a yoga kick again though.
What I’m trying to say is that whether my current fitness love is high intensity, low intensity, or somewhere in between, I’ll always be doing something that I enjoy and will always be doing something active. I’ve never considered myself an incredible runner or master yogi, because I love a mix of everything. My goal in exercise used to be how many calories I burned, but now it’s more about enjoyment and my personal health. And you know what? Life is SO much more fun that way!
Speaking of all this, I have a post planned for tomorrow regarding “Life After HA (hypothalamic amenorrhea)” that I’m excited to share with you guys. It’s been awhile since I’ve touched on the topic, so hopefully you will enjoy it.
Alrighty, well I’m off to go clean, organize that guest room, and hang out with my favorite little boy.
Hope you’re having a great Thursday!
How do you view exercise? Has it changed over the months or years? What’s your current fitness love? Do you go in phases with fitness?