I've been feeling really blah about my exrecise routine lately so I decided to take a week off starting yesterday evening. What I immediately noticed was that I didn't have a restful sleep last night --- aside from taking longer than usual to fall asleep, I also woke up a few times during the night.
This morning I skipped my usual 20+ minutes of Jillian Michaels and proceeded to attend a whole day industry conference held in one of the city hotels. It was the perfect storm: a whole day of nothing but sitting in one place trying to pay attention to the speakers while plate after plate of sinful food is laid out in front of you. And of course, as I didn't get my usual morning kick from exercise, I was at the mercy of brewed coffee and slices of decadent cake!
MId-way through the conference I felt really lousy. My head felt foggy and I was sleepy in spite of the coffee. I actually felt my tummy jiggle (gasp!) each time I'd go to the loo! =( Now I feel constipated & guilty that I polluted my blood with 'bad' elements.
I have been trying to stick to clean eating and, for the most part, have been quite successful at it. And .. I do allow myself to 'cheat' from time to time. This time though, it's a double whammy: bad food PLUS no exercise! I'm going down the drain!
Although I feel bad about today, I still appreciate the lesson. I love the fact that my body gave me immediate feedback after I stuffed it with junk. Prior to clean eating I wouldn't get this lightheaded, somewhat dizzy feeling after indulging in creme brulee, chocolate fudge, cheesecake & brewed coffee. But today I did! It was immediate feedback from my body telling me it wasn't happy with my reckless abandon. The foggy, headachy feeling + the bloated, constipated feeling I have right now is also feedback. And I am amazed and grateful that I have developed this sensitivity to my body's signs.
This is all well and good, so now how about the exercise?
I think maybe I'm just bored and I need to try something new. SO ... whether or not I do stick to the 1-week exercise hiatus, I will be doing dance aerobics instead of interval training moving forward. And instead of doing 20 mins in the morning + another 20 mins in the evening I'll try to do 30-40 mins in the morning so I'll have time for other stuff in the evenings.
I hope this works =) I still have another whole day of conference tomorrow and I'm thinking maybe it won't be such a bad idea to start the day on a positive note by trying a dance aerobics vid =)
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