Today I’m feelin’ the burn, and no it’s not a burn from a workout this morning (today’s a rest day, whoo hoo!), this is a burn from yesterday’s Bootcamp class and I am loving the soreness and tight muscles I’m feeling. Makes me feel like I really got a kick butt workout and my hubby is even sore too! In fact we were talking about how imperative it is to give your body a rest day after an intense workout because it’s allowing your muscles to grow and repair. I love this quote I found on Bodybuilding.com…hubby was essentially saying the exact same thing to me too, he’s a smarty (athletic) pants 😉
“The number one overlooked factor in building a better body is rest. If you don’t rest, then how can your muscles grow? Our bodies need the stimulus to grow such as intense training. Once this happens, our bodies are essentially “broken down”. Afterwards, it needs the proper nutrients and recovery time to grow bigger and stronger so that it can be broken down again. So if you’re not resting any, then I would suggest you set aside a day or two of rest each week. And remember, rest days are rest days. Nothing more, nothing less.” (source)
Before my new exercise plan for Getting Ready, I would have worked out today in the form of cardio and I would not have reaped these important benefits that come with rest days. I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve known for years the importance of rest days but wouldn’t take enough of them because I felt like an invincible athlete who could go go go everyday. Now that I’m slowing down, taking rest days, and finally putting into practice what I’ve known for so long, I’m getting more comfortable with these rest days and realizing how imperative it is for my body…my body appreciates it and I’m finally giving it the love and respect it deserves…all in the name of achieving balance 🙂
Before I continue with my eats, I want to say how much I love all your comments and feedback. The blogging community is an awesome one and I’m so happy to be a part of it 🙂
You also may have noticed that I gave the blog a lil makeover. I want a more streamlined, less cluttered, vibrant look and I’m still playing around with it so don’t be surprised if it changes again 😉
Yesterday I wanted to use up some leftover garbanzo beans and half of an avocado so I put together another massive, delicious salad…
Half spinach half butter lettuce, sauteed carrots and bell pepper, 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, 1/2 avocado, handful of croutons, drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette
We had some ground turkey to use up and it was a hot sunny day so hubby had the perfect, delicious idea of making turkey burgers. Yes pleaseeee!
Chef of the household…action shot of hubby forming the turkey patties…and an awesome shot of his “The Good Life” tattoo 🙂
Weeeee…look at those hands a flyin’!
Ahhhh…perfection! My hubby knows what he’s doing 🙂
Turkey burger (hubby seasoned it with balsamic vinegar, Pappy’s seasoning, and pepper) on a Whole Wheat English Muffin with tomato and onion. Side salad of butter lettuce, red bell pepper, and zucchini. And it was a cold salad this time 😉
Today was a rest day so we got to sleep in for a couple more hours, felt so good! Caught up on some blog reading, did laundry, and off to work with a smoothie in tow…
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 scoop Chocolate Peanut Butter Casein Protein power (last of the tub 😦 gonna have to stock up on some more!)
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. xanthan gum
2 packets Splenda
handful of Peanut Butter Puffins
…no spinach today, I’ll get more greens in at lunch and dinner 🙂
Fashion page updated!
Questions: Do you take rest days from working out? Is it currently or was in the past, hard for you to take a break and relax?