So, week one of my deload week is done. My plan was to stay away from intense exercise, but fit in yoga, foam rolling, and walks when I could. And the result?
I did absolutely no planned exercise. All week.
A year or two ago, that would have sent me into a crazy, anxious mess. I’d be freaking out that any muscle I gained over the last few months would have wasted away and been instantly converted to fat within the last week. Combined with the extra food and desserts that go along with Christmas, I would have been positive I would have been absolutely screwed (and up about 10 pounds).
So happy that that’s not the case anymore. None of that anxiety happened and I really enjoyed this week! I wouldn’t exactly call it relaxing (because of a lot of running around/holiday stuff) but not having to worry about when I was going to shove in exercise took a lot of the pressure off.
So basically – take a week off once in a while. Your body and your mind will appreciate it!
I’m going to be taking an easy week this week (my original plan – yoga, walks, foam rolling, maybe an exercise video or two) and then I’ll be starting Carrie’s Slim and Sculpt Elite. I bought the plan late last week and it looks great! Definitely excited.
And as for after I’m done this plan? Well…
Devon and I are trying to round up a team to enter a Tough Mudder! The one we’re looking at is May 11th and 12th, taking place in Coldwater (about 2 hours from Toronto). We’re going for certified blogger/badass status.
Seriously, I’m so, so excited about this plan. A mud run has been on my to-do list for a while now, and if you’re going to do it, you might as well go big, right?
From what I understand, the best part of a Tough Mudder is the sense of teamwork and accomplishment that you get when completing it with a group of people. So again, Devon and I would love to pull a team together! Please let one of us know if you’re interested in joining us!
The nice thing about being home all day is I can put a little bit of effort into making a good lunch, rather than my usual “heat something up and throw it on a plate” approach.
I put together a Mexican-style stuffed baked sweet potato. Black beans, turkey, my mom’s homemade salsa and sour cream. A simple green salad on the side – amazing!
The afternoon was spent relaxing, reading, and watching TV. I’ve been making my way through the first season of American Horror Story and I’m really enjoying it! I love anything creepy/supernatural-y.
For dinner, I made Tina’s Italian tortellini soup.
My second time making this recipe and I still absolutely adore it. Such a hearty and filling soup – perfect for winter.
I hope you all have a great New Years Eve! I think Eric and I will just be taking it easy tonight…movies and wine sounds nice to me right now. I think there’s an event/countdown going on downtown, so I may convince him to walk down with me. The trouble with not having cable = no official countdown at home.
Whether you’re going big for the night or taking it easy, have a good one!
<— Ever done a Tough Mudder? Would you?
<— How often do you take off-weeks from exercise? I think I’m going to aim for a few times a year. It does the body good!