Welcome back to Kay’s Diet Diary! It’s now officially a series. If you missed it, you can find my first post here.
Spring Break Slump
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know I spent my spring break on the couch, avoiding my homework. While it was great to get away from school, it was terrible for my weight loss goal. For the first few days of spring break, I tried to do workouts that didn’t require me to go to the gym: such as,
- Several yoga poses
- Butt ups
- Toe touches
I do all these workouts regularly, but over spring break, I increased the number of reps in each set. This worked great for a few days, BUT at home, I wasn’t walking as much. I went from walking 6,000-10,000 steps per day to walking maybe 1,000 steps per day. Walking helped alleviate the soreness by working my muscles before the soreness set in. So because I drastically reduced the total amount of exercise I was doing in an average day, I was sorer for longer. Eventually, one rest day became two and I said I’d get back to it when I went back to school.
Getting Back to a Routine
I’ve gone from sedentary to walking everywhere several times over, and I’ve learned a few things.
- You can’t go from not working out for a week to high intensity in one day. I’ve done this before. I stopped working out for a while and then got back on the treadmill expecting to run the same distance I swam in high school. It’s discouraging and disheartening. You have to build back up to where you were, and it’s going to take time. So be patient.
- It’s okay to take a few rest days. I’ve learned to pace myself when it comes to getting back to campus and walking all the time. I’ll admit in the past few days since I got back to campus, I’ve eaten doughnut holes, drank too much coffee, and have yet to go to the gym. I’m not stressing out over my diet because I’m trying to focus on my grades. Dieting and exercise don’t have to be the center of your life. I know I’ll be back at it when I’m ready and I’m keeping an optimistic outlook that I will actually go when that time comes.
- Do what makes you happy. If you want to stop dieting and working out, that’s totally fine. You should feel comfortable in your own skin. If you like yourself as you are right now, only change if you want to. Don’t force it.
Hopefully, by the next time I post, I’ll have gone to the gym. Wish me luck! Feel free to share your spring break and or workout wisdom below. I’m excited to read all about it.