End to a long week

I’m glad this week is over! It wasn’t bad by any means, just very taxing mentally. I’ve come to realize that my working out has a huge impact on my mood and “happiness” which is ridiculous. Living knowing that I won’t be in a good mood and won’t be the person I know I am and want to be if I don’t exercise is absurd. I’ve got to learn to calm these thoughts and also not be so hard on myself when I fail to do something as planned. At the same time, I also need to treat my body better with recovery, nutrition, and sleep so that I quit asking myself everyday “am I too tired to workout?” “Should I take the day off?” “Will I get fat?” “Will I get out of shape and not be able to be highly competitive at my next race?” How about this Chuck: take care of your body, do what feels right, and do what makes you happy. I hope everyone reading this can do the same things. Life is about being happy.
I know that once I start treating my body better, I will once again fall in love with working out…not just loving the feeling I get when I am done.

 
This week was long as I expressed earlier this week. 3 times I went home and took a nap before going to the gym. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but all it did was lead to finishing dinner each night at 11:00. I also planned a shorter ride with a 12 mile run at some point this week. Didn’t happen. I even cleared my day yesterday to do so and wound up sleeping all day instead (hmmm body telling me something?) Then to cap it all off, today I bailed on my long ride at 8AM. That’s ok I thought, I’ll just go on my own later. Drove all the way out to where I was going to ride, rode about a quarter mile, turned around and said, not today. I guess sometimes we just have those days??

 
Now, this all being said, I still got a lot of good workout in. I ran over 43 miles in 5 days and got 3 specific (more in total) spin workout in on the trainer. So I accomplished a lot, just not any of the goals I set out to accomplish. I didn’t get any swims in either grrrr…haha
So that’s why I’m happy this weeks over! This coming week and I am not going to take any naps before workouts, NOT GIVE UP on any workouts, swim multiple times, and to accomplish all this, I am going to feed my body right, get the sleep I need, and do what feels right. Starting tomorrow morning, I have a great breakfast and lunch packed, some Dijon mustard coated chicken ready of dinner along with a sweet potato I’ve sliced and am going to bake with coconut oil. I’m also going to go on a 40 miles bike ride and then swim afterward. And I’m going to love it! Remember to smile and frame everything positively…it goes such a long way!
How do you overcome days when you are tired or don’t want to work out? Do you take the day off OR do you treat your body right so that those days don’t happen? 

I finally tried a recipe I’ve been dying to try! After seeing it a lot of restaurants, the pictures on Matt’s blog sealed the deal for me and I finally created my “Over easy egg pizza”!  I didn’t have the awesome pizza dough Matt makes, but mine worked awesome on a big hearty tortilla.  

Ingredients: 

  • Large tortilla (crisped)
  • Seasonings: Oregano, ranch powder, garlic, and onion
  • Salsa
  • Additional scrambled eggs or ham (to cover the parts that the over easy egg won’t)
  • 2 Omega-3 eggs
  • Cheese

I seasoned the tortilla then baked it for about 5 minutes to get it crispy.  After this is spread on a light layer on salsa, some Egg Beater that I had scrambled with tomatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers, and topped with cheese.  Then I added 2 Egglands Best eggs and baked for about 6-7 minutes. 

Before the cheese

Added white cheddar

And fresh out of the oven… 

Perfectly cooked

I was so happy with this outcome!  I didn’t over-cook the eggs at all for once and everything melted together great.  The whole pizza had an awesome flavor and I’m not sure exactly what it was, but I think heating the oregano up before adding the ingredients brought out a ton of flavor so I suggest adding extra if you like it. 

Going to back to what I talked about at the beginning of this post, remember how important fuel is to our bodies!  That being said, remember to enter my giveaway for the Ben Greenfield Fitness shirt: 

Ben Greenfield Fitness

Thanks to everyone who was already entered and go ahead and enter again if you want.  Please tell you friends as well!  I will choose a winner at random this coming Friday and let you all know! 

  1. How do you overcome times when you are struggling to do something- whether it’s working out or just anything?
  2. And for fun, what’s your favorite bread to eat a PBJ on?  My all-time classic fav would be on Martin’s potato bread!
  3. Did any of you bloggers go to the Healthy Living Summit?  How was it and what exactly is it?

More soon!

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9 thoughts on “End to a long week

  1. I’m no competetive triathlete~ but I think everyone deserves a break form a strict training schedule everyonce in a while! Planned trainings have rest days planned but sometimes the body just wants or needs more than those allow for!
    I wish I had a good answer to 1. besides what you said already and thats “fake it” until you can “make it”. Sometimes you just need to get going for the momentum to pick-up and then you forget why you were putting it off int he first place… But somethings just don’t work this way. Insomnia for one : / You can’t fake sleep! It sucks knowing that you should and need rest but the mind just won’t allow it.
    As for bread~ Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin~ dense chewy and the bread itself is delicious~! Would eat it even without all the healthy claims tied with it!

  2. If my body REALLY doesn’t want to workout, I just don’t. It’s hard to convince yourself it’s okay to take a day off, but really- it’s okay! I’ve gotten better at discerning when my body needs a rest and when I’m just feeling lazy. There’s a big difference between mental and physical tiredness!

    You definitely would have liked the HLS!! It was a ton of fun- there was a session on fueling for fitness (aka long workouts) that I think you would have enjoyed especially. There were also talks on not comparing yourself to other bloggers. I know that I always feel guilty skipping a workout when I read about someone who ran 10 miles, but it was a good reminder that you don’t know every detail about a person, so it’s useless to compare. Definitely try to make it next year!!

    Hope you have a great start to your week!

  3. rest is more important than the training! give you mind and body a well deserved break. I know, easier said then done.Its hard for me to take breaks too, but I treat it like a vitamin I just have to pop. Not gonna lie, the “eyes” on the pizza creeped me out a bit, but I’m sure it was yummy LOL. yummy food sometimes looks weird!

  4. “Life is about being happy.” You said it yourself, Chuck!! 🙂 I’m sure you’ve heard they saying that goes something like, “Most progress is made outside of the gym.” Giving yourself rest is so important physically and mentally. Since being pregnant and now hurting my foot, guess what, I have not blown up to 200 pounds like I thought I would. I’m treating myself well, eating healthy most of the time with some treats every now and then, working out when I can and when I feel like it, and it makes me sooooooo happy!! Give yourself permission to take a complete rest day at LEAST once a week if not more. You are so fit, your metabolism is so fast, and you eat so clean. A few rest days every now and then will not undo any of your athleticism. If anything it will make you an even better athlete!! 🙂

  5. my husband used to have the same problem until he was hit the chronic fatigue and realized he needed to change his thinking. Now his rest days are complete rest, seriously. A couple naps, feet up, eating well. And his body responding 100% better!

  6. It’s so important to listen to your body and understand when you must rest vs when you are just feeling a bit tired (or lazy in my case). You might do some searching on overtraining syndrome. It might sound silly, but I have been there and it sucks. You start to get super moody and everything just falls apart essentially. Anyway, no lecturing 😉 It’s never easy to change a mindset so just be a little kinder to yourself each day.

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