Monday, October 28, 2013

3 Ways To Keep Going While Resting...

My goodness...

Do I ever feel refreshed!

All thanks to the Super Powers of my Super Shirt ;)

After taking a FUll rest week to give my body (and mind) a break then...

Coincidentially...


Getting sick and having to take an additional, unintentional, five more days off....

I learned. A lot. (From the message the Universe was trying to convey to me!)

Rest. Rest. And then rest some more! Don't be afraid to stop. Honour the break. Your body. Your mind. And learn to relax. Breathe. A little more deeply.

If anything...

During the 10 days I did not exercise...

I learned to listen more attentively to my body (by allowing myself to slow down. Because I really needed to) and...

I learned to...

Be more intuitive with my overall sense of being. (Going within for a personal tune up without second guessing how I was truly feeling and needing to do....or not do in my case!)

Without a doubt...

I'm really happy I took the time needed not only to refresh myself but...

To get better too!

Honestly...

This whole resting phase turned out to be an opportunity for me to realize that...

Pushing myself to workout, without ever giving myself a break (especially while sick)...

Is in no way, shape or form a way show respect to my body given all that it does for me! (At.all.times.)

All in all (and more and more)...

Am I seeing that...

I must step back;
I must take a break; and (not limited to)...
I must honour myself and my body so that...

All together (both mentally and physically) can I FUnction and feel at my best...

Always!

Going back to the gym felt amazing after...
Giving overall being the rest it needed.

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Now for those who may think you might go stir crazy because you're not on the move...

Here are a few ways to keep going, even if...

Your machine is turned off! (So to speak!)

1. Get to it: We've all had something we've been meaning to get to, start or get done, yet haven't taken the time to actually do it. Well, during your rest days, this is the perfect time to tackle them all (one at at time!)! As for me, I've been meaning to clear our my closet for the longest time, and finally I did it (almost!)! It took a few days (I took an hour or two at a time to do it), but I'm 90% there and I feel so much lighter because of it! My goal to de-clutter was a priority and I took my rest hours to get it done.

2. Find a hobby: Better yet, bring light back into those hobbies you love! Whether it be reading, writing, painting, music, what have you, focus on those things you've always loved doing and do them. Sometimes, we push aside some of those hobbies we love doing most because we feel pressed for time. While you rest though, you have the time, so bring the spark back. As for me, I read a lot. And, I got my home decorating juices flowing again. It felt good to focus myself on other passions too.

I've been loving my friend's book called:
Women In Sync.
A great read that I've been savouring.
(I was not asked to promote this inspiring book)

3. Get out: Catch up with friends and family, find events, concerts, plays to attend, sports games to watch, volunteer, or go to the movies (there's plenty to do and discover!)! There's nothing quite like a day or evening out doing something you haven't done in a while. It's good to get out of the house, with other intentions other than to workout. As for me, I volunteered at two fitness competitions and caught up with great friends.

Love my G.

Cheers to new beginnings on this Monday morning!

Questions FU You...

What would you add to the list?
Do you go stir crazy on rest days, or do you embrace the rest?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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42 comments:

  1. Awesome post, Kierston! Taking a rest can be so hard on our minds but just like you I learned a lot when I was forced to, too. Now I'm taking rest days intentionally because deep down I know I need them.
    Right now I can't think of anything to add to the great ideas you mentioned already - I'll have to add some more of them to my list. But I found it important to stop myself from dwelling on the fact that I couldn't exercise and instead turn those negative thoughts into positive ones. So maybe practicing some positive thinking as another one :). Life doesn't end because we have to take a break.

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    1. Exactly. It doesn't. We just continue on forward...and better rested! :)

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  2. YES YES YES TO THE HOBBY!!!
    It was when I tweaked my back a few years ago I got BACK into playing the clarinet after a decadeISH hiatus.
    I emerged less "toned" :-) but more well rounded.
    MUCH.


    xo

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    1. I played the clarinet back in h.s...and then I switched the the french horn because they said I had the perfect lips for it lol

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  3. thank you for this! so many people try to push through it and don't listen. I've been there, learned the hard way. but rest is soooo important

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    1. It is. And I'm happy to have realized that I really do need to listen without pushing, always.

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  4. Great ideas, I know when I had cancer the one thing they told me to do was meditate, and if I felt tired to lay down, even if you don't sleep you are giving the body time to heal, its hard to master as we are all so busy and even today 5 years on,I have to remind myself that its ok to take time to breath and rest,,

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    1. It is okay! I signed up for the Deepak Chopra and Oprah Meditation experience..you should sign up! It's awesome. Starts on November 11 :)

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  5. I'm with you! After the race I'm so relaxed and calm and not stressed - I'm enjoying QT and down time...reading...and enjoying the moment - we NEED this!

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    1. I hope you are resting right now Kat, The Marathoner! Too cool! So proud of you!

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  6. Glad you are feeling better. I've gotten sick a few times while being overly stressed and I just know it's my body telling me to slow the heck down. Great post!

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  7. Yes, rest is so important and it can feel amazing to slow down. Oh my, I have so many projects I want to get to, and books to read! So glad you did this!

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  8. I love your "other" ideas other than working out. Amazing...there IS a life other than the gym:)

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    1. Yep! And it's up to us to discover those things if we are just willing to open our eyes and see :)

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  9. Great lessons from some downtime! Glad you took the time and now we can all learn from you.

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  10. Love this!!! People so easily forget that working out doesn't have to mean going to the gym. Work out your mind, workout your social life etc...all of these things are good for your health!

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  11. I am definitely learning to do this. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  12. Great tips! It's nice to sometimes slow down and reconnect with other hobbies and friends.

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  13. Great! I was sick for most of last week and am trying to SLOWLY get back into working out and into my routine. I was so anxious but my body probably needed all those rest days to fully recover :)

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    1. I'm sure it was grateful you gave it the rest it needed :) Hope you are feeling better and that you are enjoying your slow week back!

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  14. I definitely go stir crazy! I'm not a "sit on the couch" rest day person. I run errands, take walks, and sometimes do some light cardio.

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  15. It doesn't seem like I get alot of downtime...so when I do - you better believe I enjoy e.v.e.r.y second of it!

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  16. Taking a rest sounds like a great idea!! I think my body is in need of one right now. Great post!

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  17. LOVE that you took some time and listened to your body! Sounds like you are going to be feeling much better this week! xox

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  18. GREAT GREAT post Kierston!!!! I have been thinking a lot about this too & I am not sick or anything. I did just get to a point last Thursday & never got back on to the blog or FF stuff until today basically. It is all backed up but I really needed it & not only that - has me really thinking - it may be time...

    Thx for all your great posts!

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    1. xoxoxo Take the time you need to fully re-charge yourself.

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  19. I've been embracing rest a little too much lately... but I did want to vote for reading! Knocking off a chapter of a book gives me a sense of accomplishment I can't seem to get from work, parenting, blogging or exercise!

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  20. Great post buddy- Something to definitely think about here.

    Sometimes I find just vegging out on the couch and breathing for several minutes really does wonders amid a busy day. That, or some pancakes ;)

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  21. Such a great message and something we all need to remember to do. I love all of your 3 points. There is a lot of things I've put off doing, I need to make a list and start working through it like cleaning out our second bedroom and the car etc As well as catching up with friends I've not seen for a while.

    Love this so glad you gave your body and mind the rest it needed <3

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  22. Downtime is definitely a great time to reconnect and find a hobby. Hanging with friends to just chat is always a good thing!

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  23. I need more down time in my life - but not from being sick please! It's funny, I have no problem with my usual rest day (Sunday), but I do feel guilty, antsy, etc. if I take a rest day on any other day.

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  24. Glad to hear you made the post of your downtime. I so need to find time for hobbies again- like reading! My reading pile is stacked way too high. By the way, I LOVE your hair color- it really suits you.

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    1. Thanks Mel! I really did enjoy my down time. It was a great refresher for what seems to be the start of a new season too ;)

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  25. I love all the take aways you got from resting, especially the intuitive listening to your body. Sometimes it takes a period of rest to remember all the other things we enjoy to do, like lost hobbies and catching up with friends. :-)

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    1. It totally brought me back to another side of myself :) Totally grateful for this experience. For this rest.

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  26. Glad to hear you are back feeling well! I love the message about respecting and honoring the body with resting. It took me a long time to realize how important rest is, and today I really embrace it, I enjoy the time I have when I don't exercise and there is SO MUCH MORE to do than focusing on Fitness and Food!

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    1. Yep! There is life outside :) xo

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  27. Such a great post, I am glad that you are feeling better! I like these ideas and agree 100%. Rest days are a love hate. Planned ones I don't like but unplanned ones I don't mind I guess. It's weird, or I am weird LOL. When I feel like I am being told to rest I don't like it but if I take a rest day because I am tried or not feeling well I am okay because I know that my body needs the rest day

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  28. Great post!! Sometimes our bodies tell us we need those extended rest periods. You took full advantage of it and I am sure your body loves you so much more! (like it didn't love you before...but you catch my drift!)

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