When embarking on a weight loss journey (like I did after the birth of my 2nd child) one usually starts some sort of fitness routine. Some people find this to be a daunting and horrible experience. They do it begrudgingly and eventually abandon it all together. I found myself on the other end of that spectrum. I love the time of the day that I get to exercise. Maybe it's the endorphines. Maybe it's because I know I am doing something good for my health. Maybe it is the awesome stress relieving effects. Or maybe it is just because it is the one time of day I get a break from mommy duty!!
Because of this taking a "rest" day is a bit hard for me. I know, I know, rest days are important! It is time for your body to heal and other good stuff like that. I think I rationalize going everyday because I switch it up. I mix in weights, running, swimming, intervals, cycling. But the fact is I need a day off every now and again and today was one of those day. I was tired (thanks to my 4:40 am Emerson alarm clock) and coming down with a cold, but for some reason I convinced myself that I should still go to the gym.
Em and I dropped Mason off at preschool and headed to the gym. After 10 minutes of struggling on the treadmill I conceited defeat, grabbed my sweet girl, and went to the mall instead! I am in no way encouraging running out on a workout just because it is a little tough. I am also not big on excuses for skipping exercise. But I need to listen to my body and my body was saying, "Katie just take a break!!! And also go see if those cute shoes are on sale." I could have toughed it out, but maybe just maybe resting was the best thing I could have done for myself today.