I understand you cannot be a professional athlete and "listen to your body" all the time but I'm not a professional athlete.
I'm not really an athlete at all.
Maybe I'm not listening to my body...but my soul...
And if it doesn't feel like it, there's a reason.
I certainly have days when as long as I just slip on my running shoes, they do all the work for me - they make the decision to head outside, to go one more mile, to run up the hill I usually walk.
But then there are other days when I cannot put one foot in front of the other. I have my music, my Garmin, my best sports bra and my visor...I pick one foot up and it falls down. It does not want to move.
My whole body screams "I DON'T WANNA!"
I've struggled with moving the number on the scale, so I can't say I'm an expert, but I'm learning that the days I don't burn 1000 calories, I still may make progress on my weight loss.
It helps me lean up if I take a day off.
There are long workouts where I find myself wanting to eat an entire beast-like animal afterwards.
Then I take a day off, and keep control of my appetite.
Training does not help me lose weight; dieting, or watching what I eat, always does.
I'm also starting to suspect the days I stay away from wheat and gluten, I keep lean. Oats and rice, still ok. So I can't say it's a carb thing...But that's all beside the point at the moment.
There are days I could do a lot of damage by heading out for a run. My nipples, my knees, my heavy heart, my crazed thoughts, my hormones....all of this affects my body response.
And I can't do it.
And then I will bonk, and I will feel like an awful human being.
But then, I get guilty. I regret all day not having worked out. I start strategizing when I could fit something in. And reminding myself that that special race I signed up for is looming closer and closer....And that's awful too! Why can't I take a day, or even a few days off?
It's worse than a Jewish mother-in-law!
I've managed not to have one; gotta work on eradicating the other...
[the fitness guilt, obvie...]
How do you do it? Or do you not miss a workout, EVER???