Rest days are not the easiest for me, as I wake up at the crack of dawn, even when I have nothing to do. They can actually spark a most dangerous day as, if I do not have any plans and I’ve completed all of my house chores and tasks, it can mean boredom munching. Also with TOM rearing it's ugly head and no real structure, as my weekends seldom have, it's easy to veer off track from an otherwise focused week.
Why even bother taking a rest day if I twitch and want to head out so bad? Well it's because I know the benefits of the rest day and I know taking two a week is probably the best thing for me to do. Rest days allow me to plan for the week ahead, avoid me being burned out, help my muscles recover and repair thus making room for them to grow. Rest days also help keep cortisol levels at bay (the hormone that prevents you from losing fat) as I am able to sleep more, even if it is only 30 minutes.
Today, I plan to take it nice and easy, slow even; if you know me at all, you know this will be a super challenge all on its own. I don't do anything slow, not eating, not exercising, not walking (the hubs hears the tune of "hurry up, hurry up, what's taking you so long?" all the time), not cooking (high heat = fast cooking = burned food), so I am challenging myself for slow today. It may not be that difficult as I have no plans, no place to be, no people to meet, just family fun time. Hmm, maybe I’ll get the eldest to paint my nails.
Today I can reflect, take a look at my progress, give myself a pat on the back and enjoy the four people that mean the world to me.
Until Next Time,
Live from the Inside Out,