listening to your body when working out…

breakfast week 2 thursday

Heyyyy urybody…so before I get to this wonderful breakfast I would like to start today’s post with a little discussion of overworking yourself at the gym…the inspiration coming from my time at the gym last night and this morning!

So last night I didn’t end up getting to the gym until like 5:40, which is late for me because I tend to normally get there around 5:25ish. Anyways, I was short on time and also had to leave by 6:30 because I was meeting friends at 7:30 and had to shower and pack my meals for today in that 1 hour time period! Anyways, after creating my workout yesterday afternoon I quickly realized I was going to have to switch things up and so I decided to shorten my run and save arms for this morning. Good thing I made this plan because let me tell you my legs were a burnin’ during my run!! Like seriously I don’t know if I am still sore from when I injured my leg back in November or if maybe my inclines have gotten the best of me, but the weird thing is I could probably run more but  my legs started to feel like they were going to fall off after about 25 minutes last night! Anyways, I ended up doing 43 min. of my treadmill workout and then I completed my ab sesh and was on my way by about 6:40! Not too shabby!

However, I would like to write a little about overworking yourself because I feel like it is fairly common to get in a habit of working out a certain amount of time or days or do the same routine and get stuck within certain boundaries. Sometimes I go to the gym with a plan and my body tells me that I will not be completing that plan! Sure it is one thing to push yourself and to try and gradually increase your weights or intervals or speed, but sometimes you also have to realize that going hard isn’t everything!

Some weeks are going to be busier than others and your body will most definitely react to your workouts in varying ways depending on how stressed you are/how much sleep you’ve gotten/what foods you have been eating/if you’re on your period…etc. so make sure to ease up if that’s what it is telling you! I know that sometimes an extra rest day one week can make me accomplish so much  more the following week because my body simply needed a chance to recover! Try to listen to these cues and make sure to realize that one day off or one day of a different routine could most definitely be a good thing 🙂

Anyways, on to breakfast for today which was….

breakfast week 2 thursday close up

1 6 oz. container Pineapple Greek Yogurt

1/3 c. rolled oats

2 spoonfuls chia seeds

dash of vanilla almond milk

sprinkle of coconut (yes I know dash and sprinkle aren’t acurate modes of measurement, but I just kind of put in an amount I thought was right and have no idea exactly how much it was..so ya’ll will just have to make do with my super vague measurements haha)

morning I topped oats with 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries, and a splash more almond milk..yummy!!! made me feel like it was already summer time..plus the weather has been so nice here in so cal that between this breakfast and the warm sun rays i feel like i am on a tropical vacation!

My workout this morning also looked something like this:

 

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Plus the arm section of my workout from yesterday! Felt good to mix things up and work on machines that I hadn’t done recently 🙂

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