Or a little of both?
It’s true, I gave myself a mental time-out from exercise following the Blackwood. I promised myself an “off-to-light” couple of months, nothing serious to train for, just the classes I have to teach, so I can recoup and focus on other things.
Afterall, it’s Silly Season. Christmas is nearing. Work is insane. We are short staffed, we’re all working overtime. There are parties and functions to organise, plus I am teaching three extra classes a week. I’m not *completely* resting on my laurels. I also promised I would put more focus and effort into work. And I am doing that, too.
But since I’m not training about 10-12 hours a week anymore, I’m feeling an odd kind of guilt. Because I have a lot of time on my hands that used to be spent training, I’m finding that I’m fluffing through my empty time and not really being purposeful about spending it. So, it’ll take all morning to do dishes, cuz it can, rather than hurrying the process to get out and doing something else right away. This makes me feel lazy. But I also feel tired. And sometimes I’m not sure about which one it really is that I’m experiencing at any given time. Some of the things I’m experiencing:
- I am sleeping in later – but I’m staying up later, too. I don’t have to be up any more. And I’m watching more pointless television. I’m wanting or having more naps.
- I’m drinking more tea again – this usually means I’m looking for a pick-me-up, which means I’m tired, but also I learned that artificially boosting my energy with caffiene (even as little as is available in a cup of black tea) does turn out to be an energy drain in the long run, so this is a viscious cycle I’d be better off dropping (again).
- I am skipping workouts without really worrying about making them up. E* couldn’t make it in for our workout this morning, so I just didn’t do mine. Generally I don’t rely on other people to get me to exercise. I mean, they help – big time – but I’ve been (reasonably) self-motivated the last 12 months, so to skip out on a 15 minute workout seems like a silly lazy cheat.
- I don’t have a big goal in mind, so as a result, I am ‘floating’, so-to-speak. Motivationally, I do far better having a big fat hairy audacious goal to strive towards. Without that, I’m just going through the motions.
How do you know if it’s time to push through (cuz you’re just feeling lazy) or rest (because you truly are tired)?