Happy Sunday! I absolutely love Sundays! It is usually full of church, family, friends, good food, and relaxation for me. Although lately Sundays haven’t been as nice because Ryan has to work all day. 😦 But we are both trying to make the best of it, and we know that God has a plan and a purpose.
Yesterday morning I got up and did a 10 mile run and then fueled up with this delicious, veggie and protein filled breakfast!
I scrambled tomatoes, spinach, onion and bell pepper with two eggs, had two slices of Ezekial bread topped with sugar free grape jelly, and some strawberries and blueberries. I have just started getting Ezekial bread this summer, and I love it! I realize it is more expensive than regular sandwich bread, but when I look at the short ingredient list for this bread and compare it to other normal sandwich breads, I feel like it is well worth the money! Plus, one loaf usually lasts me a while.
I spent the rest of the morning relaxing in my procompression socks, blogging, and eventually enjoying a delicious protein smoothie!
I was in need for a morning like this. I don’t let myself relax much, so it was nice.
I spent the rest of the day meal planning for the week, grocery shopping, and getting food ready for the week.
Sidenote: I walked in to Walmart and a worker there asked me, “Would you like to enter a raffle? Oh, but you have to be 18; how old are you? Sorry, I can’t tell.” I told him I was 21, but it was okay, it was typical for people to think I was 16 years old. However, on my way home I started thinking, and I wished I would have told him that I wasn’t 18, but I would have my mom come back later to enter. 🙂
These were so good! The batch ended up making 14 muffins, so I have plenty for the week! I highly recommend this recipe! The rest of my night was spent eating dinner with the Hubs and enjoying a brownie with ice cream for dessert. 🙂 It was so good I ate it before I could even think about snapping a picture!
This morning was my day to
sleep in sleep as late as my body would let me (6:07 a.m. today) since Sundays are always my rest day. I woke up hungry (typical) and wanted to try something new so I looked for a new recipe on some blogs. I decided to try the spinach protein roll up from Morganne’s blog. I ended up adding a little vanilla and honey to the batter to make it a little sweeter, but it was still good!
I ended up not rolling mine up, but I just left them like pancakes and used the yogurt protein filling as a topping with bananas and blueberries. It made for a perfect Sunday morning breakfast!
Okay, so let’s talk about rest days. Rest days are super important in case you didn’t know. You can’t expect to work your body hard, seven days a week, and expect it to never get tired. This is something I have had to learn over time. I hate not doing anything, so I always like to be busy and active. I feel lazy if I don’t work out one day, but I have finally learned that it is good to let your body rest. As much as I wish my body was indestructible, it isn’t. This means I have to care for it if I want to keep being active for the rest of my life.
It is necessary to have at least one rest day a week. It is certainly okay, and I think best, to still have active rest days where maybe you do some light yoga, go for a walk, or play a sport with family or friends. But don’t go all out with a workout like you would the other days of the week. I say at least one rest day a week because we are all different and some people might need more than that. The important thing is to listen to your body.
This past Thursday I had no energy in my workout. I planned to go for a 7 mile run, but ended up only running 6 miles. I had no energy, and my time was much slower than it had been. I didn’t know what was wrong. When I told Ryan he simply said, “It’s because you’re exhausted.” And I knew he was right. That morning I woke up more tired than I had been in a long time. Because of this I took Friday as an unexpected rest day. I knew my body needed this, and if I wanted to have a good long run on Saturday morning, I knew I had to regain my energy. Needless to say, I felt great running yesterday and totally energized!
Some of you might be saying, well my body never tells me I want to work out, so does that mean I should never work out? No. If you aren’t used to working out, most likely you won’t want to. I have finally learned how to tell if my body is actually telling me I need to rest for a day, or if I am just being lazy and don’t want to get out of bed. I wake up about 5:00 every morning to work out, and if I wake up thinking, “Man, I do not want to go work out today. I just want to lay in bed a little longer.” I know that my body is fine to work out, I am just still trying to wake up. However, if I wake up and I really want to work out, however, I just feel so exhausted and out of energy, then I know I need to let my body rest. The difference in these two situations is that in the last circumstance I still want to work out, but am lacking the energy. In the first situation I am lacking the motivation. Big difference.
So learn to listen to your body and take care of it. Work out hard, challenge yourself, and make positive changes in your life. But in order to do this you have to give your body time to rest rejuvenate.
1. What do you normally do on Sundays?
2. Is it hard for you to take rest days?
3. What do you like to do for an active rest day? I enjoy yoga, stretching, tennis, or going on walks.