Saturday, 16 May 2009

Needing A Break?

Ever feel like you need a break? Like, although you know this is a lifestyle change, and you have no intention of giving it up, you'd like just ONE WEEK when you could stop counting calories, eat what you like and not do any additional exercise?

Yah, I'm feeling that way. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if I give in to the urge, I'll gain some weight back. And right now at this point in my weight loss journey, I am having to work so hard for every pound lost that I cringe at the very thought of gaining even half a pound of it back.

I'm 4 1/2 pounds away from being able to say I've lost 100 pounds. Maybe when I get there, I'll give myself a 2-day vacation from my new lifestyle. I've always been able to recover from 2 days of bad choices in the past, so it shouldn't be too harmful if I don't go crazy with it and slip back into binge eating patterns during that time.

It's not so much the eating as the cardio I want a break from. I just want to take more than my one day a week to rest from having to do my cardio exercises. Maybe I feel this way because I have caught a cold that's making me feel rough and very tired. Or maybe I am feeling this way because I've been over-doing the cardio exercise lately.

Just musing out loud here.

What do you do when this feeling hits?


  1. If you feel like you need more than one day a week off from cardio... don't feel guilty about taking it. Sometimes we forget that our bodies need to rest and recuperate. :)

  2. I feel like if I'd give up watching what I eat, I'd gain 10 pounds within a week. The exercise I can take a break from and get back to, but the food is scary for me.

  3. You are doing so amazing! I think a little break from the exercise wouldn't hurt too bad. I'd worry about a break from the food thing. I can never get back on track with that, but exercise isn't too hard to hop back on, even though I'd rather not... LOL

  4. Id say DEFINITELY take more of a break even if it means you feel you need to keep more of an eye on your eating (not eat less! just perhaps uber clean).

    listen to your body for sure as you might be surprised if you take that break that, soon, your body says:

    eh, Im better. add back in the day!

  5. Sometimes your body knows best, and sometimes taking a break is just what you need to rest and you end up coming back even stronger. Nothing wrong with taking an extra day off now and then - just don't make it a habit.

    Congrats on the almost 100 pounds lost - that's awesome!!

  6. What exercises are you doing? I'm really curious. I had GREAT success on Atkins.......till I went off it and gained most of the wieght back!!!! (I lost almost 135# so I am just SICK about it all)


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