The gym missed me yesterday and the day before, but I had to say “Look, gym, I need a couple of rest days. It’s me, not you”
Actually, I missed the gym. Though after talking to Big D about workouts and meal-planning, I had plenty of time to reflect on some key ideas during my rest.
My fitness journey, very much like my blogging journey, has been two months (give or take) of learning. If there is one piece of knowledge I gained thus far that I could pass on to any of you, I would say “Everybody is different. Every body is different.” It’s like a mantra, you must say it often.
Some people face obstacles with their bodies that are apparent to an outsider, while others have internal battles going on. From being overweight, to serious diet modification, to working around diseases like celiac, they all need different things. Different workouts with different intensities. Different diets and different meal plans.
Sometimes I too easily get caught up in comparing my body to the next person’s body. The impatient me wants it and I want it now! (This is where that mantra comes into play.) I have learned that like most things, building my ideal body will take time, and effort, and dedication. There won’t be an overnight express for these baby muscles. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say. And I get it now.
These two days of rest have been really good for me. When I can’t work out in the gym, I’m busy flexing my mind, researching and applying techniques in the kitchen, and with weight in my hands.