Yes, there is more to my life than just exercising and food prepping.
Last month when I was sick with a bad cold, I was stuck inside for 4 days. This led me to thinking about exercising, life, boredom, etc.. I couldn't exactly figure out what I was feeling. But then I realized it was guilt.
Yep, guilt snuck up on me during those 4 days. I was feeling guilty I wasn't at the gym lifting. I was feeling guilty I was eating too many calories without burning them off. I was feeling guilty I was...
You get the picture. I had already hit my 3 day weight split for that week and finished 2 days of intense cardio. So why the heck was I feeling so guilty taking rest days?
Do you ever feel like exercise can turn into an obsession? For me, I'll admit it is very easy for it to turn into an addiction. I have to be very careful I do not fall into that trap. It seems to me that figure competitors and body builders have to have a little bit of OCD to prepare to get up on that stage. Between figuring out your macro needs, measuring out every last bit of food, counting calories to even include your vitamin/gum, well you can see that takes exercise to an extreme.
(A look at my weekly menus from Excel spreadsheets. It's complicated calculating protein, carbs, and fat ratios, not to mention time consuming)
Now I am not judging anyone, considering I will be competing in two figure competitions in September. But I don't ever want to feel guilty for taking a much needed rest day. Or to feel guilty that I am not working out for two hours everyday like some others do.
I need to learn to accept when my body needs more than one rest day a week. I wouldn't be surprised if it needed more than that considering all I put it through. Over the past year, I've pushed myself to my limits, hit new personal records with weights I couldn't even imagine lifting, and completely changed my diet with protein.
To look back last month and now see that my body was sick and needed those additional rest days to heal, I was crazy. I wasn't going to gain 5lbs or lose muscle. Nothing would change if I didn't work out.
I vow to stop the guilt on rest days.
How many rest days do you take a week?
Do you think exercise can be an addiction?