Saturday, September 25, 2010

If you don't bend, you'll break

So, yesterday, I wrote a crazy lady post. As in: I'm sick, but I MUST WORKOUT!!! The world will surely come to an end if I don't get my training sessions in.

Today, a little perspective is in order.

I didn't go swimming yesterday. Nor, did I go for a run this morning. It's probably the first time in months that I have taken two days in a row off of any kind of workout. And you know what? That's okay.

Exercise stresses your body. In many ways that's a good thing because that is what makes your body stronger. When you're sick though, sometimes what your body needs is a bit of a break to get better.

The all or nothing attitude is dangerous. Missing 2 days of workouts does not mean I'm throwing in the towel. It does not mean I'm giving up. As Jessica pointed out, training when sick just puts me at a higher risk of injury, which could put me out of commission for much longer. Been there. Don't want to do it again.

Some of us are needing to lose weight in the first place because we had trouble finding balance. Moving to the other extreme is no healthier. We all need to find a place in the middle away from the crazy ladies.

For the record, it's just a nasty cold I'm dealing with. I'm feeling a bit better tonight, and the plan is to run tomorrow. I've become one of those weird people that craves exercise, so the idea that missing a couple days would ruin my routine was ludicrous in the first place.


  1. I agree...balance is hard. I struggle with it because I've (in the past) been an all or nothing individual.

    HOpe you get to feeling better!

  2. Finding balance is hard and I don't think it's ever totally achieved.. it's always an ever changing target. But striving for it is way better than being an all or nothing person.

    Hope you get over the cold soon!

  3. Hi Deb,

    just found your blog.

    I agree finding balance is tough. I have been struggling with this for a while. Now that I have energy I want to do everything! I'm finding I just can't fit it all in. Oh well, at least I'm finally having some fun!