I was going to run this morning, but I woke up with sore hamstrings, along with that twinge in my right ankle (oh have I not mentioned that? same place as in August…) and my butt/hip issues, I figured, you know what, a day off is probably a good thing. My trainer tells me to stay active and that I don’t need to worry but after years of dealing with my various violin-related injuries where TIME OFF is the best remedy, old habits die hard. He probably meant don’t take a week off, rather than don’t take a day off. (Then again he is crazy and runs every single day.)
The first day off I usually feel more achy. But then the body heals. I don’t plan to take more than today off, other than scheduled days off (busy weekend ahead!) but I think one day is fine.
Mike (my trainer) and I had a little discussion yesterday regarding my weight loss goals. Many people have asked if I am losing weight for my wedding, or alluded to how they lost weight for their wedding, or perhaps said that they were too stressed to eat, etc. Basically I hear this as "you need to lose weight for your wedding." I mentioned to him, and that frankly I would be most happy if I didn’t gain any weight between now and my wedding (and I’m counting my weight as my pre-Thanksgiving weight, that is starting to equalize, thank goodness.)
This is why I love Mike. His answer was, "well, I don’t think you need to lose any weight."
(For the record, Chris won’t talk about weight-related topics to me at all because he knows they are a trap. I’m sure he would say the same except he wouldn’t answer at all. Smart man.)
Granted, I don’t actually BELIEVE that answer.
But it made me think, hmm, this is a weight I’ve maintained pretty easily for months now without too much bother or stress. But yet I still want to be smaller (less significant, am I right?) and thinner. Or do I just want to be stronger, faster, and more muscular? I guess I’ll have to keep working out even after I get married 😉
All in all though, I certainly get a lot done when I’m not working out! I did a bunch of wedding planning stuff (up to 54 official yeses!), caught up on some other paperwork, practiced, and even cooked a hot lunch for myself. I love having a cooked lunch on occasion—usually I just have a sandwich with a salad or cup of soup.
What do you think about rest days? Necessary evil? Best part of working out?