As I mentioned previously, I was away at the end of last week. I missed my progress post as I was traveling for a work conference. I feel like I made good choices while at the conference, but traveling was exhausting. I had some long drives and I feel like when I’m tired I tend to make poor choices. When tired I’m more likely to order food than cook it myself, for example.
Rest is good. We all need sleep. I still struggle with getting the suggested number of hours most work nights. Because of my busy schedule, I’ve been staying up too late and then in return not waking up in time to get my workout in before work. This creates a problem because your day only gets busier and then the likelihood of you getting it in gets smaller and smaller.
You also need rest for your body to recover. I’m still making my class at the gym twice a week, but this week I hurt my shoulder. I have some pre-existing shoulder issues from being a swimmer. Well, I’m not exactly sure how I hurt it this time, but I strained my rotator cuff it seems. I’ve talked with my doctor and I need to rest it for a few days. It is pretty painful unless I have my arm still and not raised above a certain level. At the moment, I can’t fully extend the arm or lift it up in any direction very high without discomfort.
None of what I’m saying is rocket science. I think most people know that they need rest, but I think finding a balance is difficult. I need to keep my arm pretty still for a couple of days and then it should be ok. I’ll just have to listen to my body and not push that shoulder if I feel any pain. After a workout you are going to feel sore, but there is a good sore and then there is bad pain. With pain it is best to consult a doctor and take a break. Being overweight and not really in the best shape I will be prone to more injuries and it is important to know my limitations while still pushing myself. I think to achieve this it is wise to talk to a trainer. Even if you only have one session to learn how to use machines correctly or be instructed on the proper form.
Due to my shoulder I didn’t make it to the gym for my official weigh in. I’m pretty sure I have a gain this week, I deserve a gain this week. I’ve been off track with some meals and my exercise I have missed due to sleeping in.
It is a struggle. I know who I want to be, but finding that push is hard for me a lot of the time. I think it is good I’ve taken a rest from the blog also. I took a much needed step back and have focused on myself. I realized that I had a lot more I needed to work on and I’ve taken time to address personal issues and get to the root of a lot of the issues that lead to my bad relationship with food.
That being said, I’m going to blog more. I have ideas for posts pop into my head all the time. Things I’d like to discuss or share, but time has been my limitation. As things calm down, I’m going to start posting with more frequency again. I’m also planning on bringing back the Non-Scale Victories Linkup. I plan on posting my NSVs and I will provide the link for anyone who wants to share theirs also.
On a scale of 1-10 this week was probably a 3. Not a great week and I own that. Now I’m going to allow myself to take that rest and get back at it. Keep my food on point throughout the weekend and then resume workouts on Monday.