Two weeks. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve stepped foot in the gym to workout.
Throwback to quad pump.
For someone who is active, a personal trainer, a bikini competitor, and genuinely LOVES to workout, that is a quite a long break. I have been completely sedentary this entire time. No cardio, no lifting, nothing. Maybe small walks here and there outside, but not really. I think I only walked one day and it was for like 15 minutes. Aside from that, it’s been just living my life and doing my day-to-day activities.
Am I alive? Yes.
Has it been easier than I thought it would be? Yes.
Have I actually enjoyed the break? Yes.
Do I miss the lifting? Yes.
Do I miss cardio? No.
Did I lose all my muscle? No.
Did I gain a million pounds? No.
Have I restricted my calories and barely eaten anything because I can’t workout? No.
Have I felt negatively about myself? Yes and no.
Lets talk about the last one real quick, since it deserves some sort of explanation. I have felt negatively about myself because I’ve just felt LAZY. The first week was fine since I was recovering from surgery, but since I started feeling better I just felt like a slug. I LOVE to move and I love endorphins, so I’m definitely feeling the effects of not getting that workout high. I’ve been sitting on my bootay instead of squatting it. I miss feeling sore and that pump.
However, when I look at my body, I am happy and content with what I see. I’m a little bit softer, I have a little bit of cellulite on my legs, my arms aren’t as defined, I don’t have abs, etc. but that doesn’t define me. I look healthy and I still look great in my opinion for not working out and eating whatever I want.
So many people get so anxious to take time off from the gym. I already took 1-3 rest days per week when I was working out, but I haven’t taken more than a week off from the gym completely in who knows how long. I thought I would go absolutely insane, but honestly, it has been nice. I really needed the break. I was actually cleared to do light cardio tomorrow, but I’m debating even skipping it and giving myself more time off. I can’t lift for about another month, so I have a ways to go until then.
I’m still eating the same amount of calories, maybe a little less, but barely less. I’ve been listening to my body – some days I’m hungrier and I eat more, some days I’m not and I eat less. That’s living life.
I’ve gone out for froyo, out to dinner multiple times, not tracked macros, and not exercised at all. I’m FINE. I’m still fit, and still healthy.
It just shows you that our bodies are amazing machines. They adapt to whatever we are doing, and they help us LIVE, which is why it’s important to take care of them. You don’t need to exercise excessively to be fit and healthy and you also don’t need to restrict your calories to be fit and healthy.
Rest is a good thing, and I think everyone should take a couple weeks off and give their bodies and minds a break once in a while. Who knows, maybe I’ll take the entire month off and do a little experiment. Bottom line is, nothing bad will happen from skipping the gym, even for multiple weeks in a row. I promise.
Have you ever taken a couple weeks off from the gym?
How did you handle it?