Guys, I fell off the wagon. From working out 2+ hours a day 6 days a week this past April, to maybe getting a 5K in once a week.
See how drastic the difference is? Seem a bit to you like an all-or-nothing work ethic?
That’s kind of how I always operate. Either I’m in 130% or I can barely squeeze in 10%. Neither extreme is really all that healthy either.
The minute I started to get busy, had stresses show up in my life, had a bigger to-do list than normal, I threw in the towel. I worked myself to the point where I was too burnt out to even put in minimal effort.
Please learn from my mistakes.
Take a break when you’re tired.
Take a rest day.
Be gentle with yourself.
Allow yourself to miss a workout without letting that one missed session dictate whether or not you try for the rest of the week or not.
I took almost a month off. I didn’t lose all my progress. I don’t look all that different. But what was different was my drive to get back in the gym. I had the energy. My body felt limber enough to lift and to run, because I allowed it to regenerate.
I’m not saying that you can’t be the person who stays consistent with working out every week, but what I am saying is to listen to your body. Take a break when you feel you need it. Thats also an exercise in discipline, because you will get back to the grind.
You will show up again 4,5,6 days a week. And you’ll do so with renewed energy, a skip in your step, and determination. This also goes for your diet, sometimes it’s okay to take a break from what you’re doing and enjoy a meal out with friends. Have dessert. Have a milkshake. It won’t ruin your progress.