Rested, Recharged, Refocused, and Revitalized

Don’t you just LOVE alliteration?  Once again I am having to call myself out on the rampant lies I have spread on here about the frequency of my posts.  But I am going to explain all of that like right now.

So right after Thanksgiving (yes I am that guy who worked out during the fattest day for Americans in the year where 70% of the country suffers from this terrifying thing people call a food coma) I hit a plateau.  I literally lost all motivation to do any kind of exercise.  I normally am super motivated but it just all of sudden disappeared out of nowhere to be replaced by guilt and fear of turning back into the wild boar I used to be.  After some personal reflection and intensive Googling I diagnosed/justified why I was feeling this way.

1.  Work stress

My job has been kind of stressful for the last few weeks ever since one of my former coworkers left.  We are also in the process of hiring a new VP (we have been in this weird Interim phase for almost a calendar year).  Add to apparently everyone else’s stress with the holidays, I have had to work later and I have been practically doing cartwheels out the office.  I am all about work-life balance so I felt like I was stressing out too much from things going on at the job.  I needed to take time to just rest my mind and body to relieve myself of everything going on.

2.  Overtraining

This is the main thing that I think happened.  I was working out way too much (over the 90 minute per day recommended threshold).  Because of this, I was sore (and I rarely get sore even when I don’t stretch) which made me not want to workout for fear of injuring something.  I have now gotten to a point for the most part where I look forward to working out and I don’t need to do a lot of pumping myself up to get excited.  But because of overtraining, I dreaded doing anything.  Instead of getting that endorphin high I was just tired.  Half the time I would just want to go straight to bed afterward and I got like really behind on my shows.

3. Same old same old

I also think I was getting super bored by my routine.  When I ran, I would do the same number of miles, on the same route, and at the same pace.  When I lifted weights, I did the same exercises.  That was it.  There was no diversity in my training and I was overall unenthusiastic about doing anything.

So how did I snapback and tatoo my way out of my funk?

1. Rest

I took 5 days off to literally do nothing.  Now after reading this I am sure you thought that I haven’t been doing anything since Thanksgiving and are probably thinking “5 days big deal”.  I like maybe gained 3 unnoticeable pounds TOPS too but each day felt like a week.  It was good to do nothing and gave me time to refocus on how I wanted to approach overall fitness in my life.

2. Diversified my workouts

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to run a marathon.  I actually just want to have the physical capability to be able to run 26.2 miles.  I could actually care less for the actual racing.  I am afraid that my slightly OCD personality would turn beating previous race times into an obsession that will take away the general enjoyment I get from running like it did in high school.  I have a marathon training schedule that I am following and it calls for 3 cross training days.  In addition to weights,  I am trying to incorporate kickboxing and aerobics into my plan.  I am also really getting into yoga (I can almost do a perfect Downward Dog) and am trying to do that daily.  Switching it up is going to help me be more motivated and work out more parts of my body overall in different ways.

So now I am back into my usual fitness routine.  I am being strict in working out only (and up to) 90 minutes a day.  I want to get up early to do yoga so if I do it is going to be peaceful/non-sweating yoga, and once I get back up to the miles where I am running over 90 minutes a week (my long run is 8 miles this week and that will take me probably a little more than an hour) I will cut back on other exercise.

I also realize that this plateau also applied to my blogging.  It is impossible to keep track of every single thing I put in my mouth every day and hour of the day.  I am just going to keep it up to one post a day (but mix it up) so I don’t have an anxiety attack of letting you know what my post power yoga session snack was.

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