The importance of vacation.
Last night I got home at 10.30pm from a weekend in D.C.. We arrived Friday evening in D.C., rode the metro, went to dinner, drove an hour to where we were staying and were up early for a day long athletic event. The next day, woke up early for another day long athletic event and flew home that night. Arriving home I was insanely tired, hungry and so happy. Mondays are an early start for me as I teach a kettlebell class at a studio that is 25 minutes away. While I woke up wanting to sleep in, I felt more and more rested as soon as I got to the studio. It's been a physically stressful few months. A powerlifting meet that left me physically and emotionally tired, a Spartan race that spiked my excitement (maybe too much... I'm notorious for that), and now looking forward to SFG. The weekend in D.C. was just what I needed. My body needed the rest from workouts. Throughout the weekend, I swung a couple bells and deadlifted a little but it was truly restful. This vacation could not have come at a better time: between meeting wonderful people and being with my favorites, my whole soul feels restored.
In the same way, I have tried out a new nutritional focus and have felt a sort of vacation in that way. I have not been tracking my macros. I have not been keeping track of my weight. I have been eating well. Tons of proteins, tons of fats and little carbs: just the way my body likes. I have based my diet on the Paleo diet, mostly because the food is delicious and I like to make cavewoman jokes. I've found that my body appreciates the satiation of whole eggs (yolk and everything!) and lots of meat. It's a relief to eat delicious meals and feel full. While I have not been strict about it (details in another post), my body feels energized and my mind feels relaxed.
"The grind" may be a motivational lifestyle for some. I completely support relentless hard work towards what your goals. I do, however, prefer a sustainable 'grind' with a couple physical and mental vacations thrown in here and there.