Fitness Check In #3

Know when to rest. Listen to your body. That’s what I’ve learned from the past couple of months. I’ve been training pretty hard for a while, 6 days a week, crazy intense cardio (HIIT and Tabata), crazy heavy lifting, and the improvement to my strength and stamina kept me going. I was hooked! Then, maybe it’s from the fatigue of lack of rest and sleep, I started feeling tired. I kept pushing myself for a few more weeks and then I injured myself. From the injury, I had to rest but I didn’t. I kept pushing and I got sick. So I only got in 2 to 3 sessions a week, and I wasn’t performing optimally. Shit hit the fan when something goes wrong nearly every week. So, I got a good lecturing from the hubs about not knowing my own body and I had to really rest for 7 whole days.

 

 

My fitness journey chloeash

 

 

Then I had to build everything all over again – not from scratch, but I lost some strength and stamina, that’s for sure. There are times to know when to take a break. Yes, I believe we need to push ourselves but when the body says no, we just have to listen. There was also a nagging thought in my head that I need to pick up yoga again. I stopped for a while because I didn’t have the time in the day to do it. But I listened to my body and started morning practice again. I don’t do it every morning, but I try to squeeze in at least 2 sessions a week, on top of my regular training at the gym. My body feels less tight, and it’s good to be able to connect to myself again. To be honest, it is very difficult to do these, stay motivated and be consistent, given there are 3 children I have to take care of. The 8-month-old needs a lot of attention, and it is tiring. But I try.

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon in eating right though. I’m trying to get back on track slowly and man, it’s tough. I’m an emotional eater. Hahaha! So basically, this entry is more about my struggles. There are always ups and downs, I know… but when I’m down, I just need to buck up and pick myself up right? If only there’s an on off button!

What do you do when there’s a setback in achieving your goals?

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

  • Oh gosh Lily, I hope you’re better now!!! I really admire how you find time to hit the gym nearly every day, bake, cook, and care for 3 kids!!! I can barely get out of bed with just 1, and already i’ve been sick 2 weeks out of the 4 that i’ve been doing this!! ROFL!! Hang in there, the strength and stamina will return sooner than you know!

    • Lily

      I hope so Linda. I’m back on track with training, but it’s the food intake. Gosh, I lack will power. LOL!

  • Wow, you do a lot considering you take care of 3 children, you’re amazing!
    I have never been very athletic, but for the past few years I have tried to exercise more. Then I started running. As it turns out, I’m pretty competitive (I seriously didn’t know!) so I started training really seriously, and I basically did too much, too soon (and too fast in that case). I didn’t want to give up and rest: I was just starting to feel fitter, have more endurance and running was really boosting my self-confidence, so I stubbornly continued through the pain. Until of course I had to stop, and even then, my knee kept hurting for 2 more months, despite physical therapy sessions.
    I had to learn that moderation is key the hard way. I can’t run every day, I can’t even run every other day, my knee can’t take it – at least for now. So I stick to my every-3-day routine, and I try to be active the other days. Yoga helps me a lot, it feels good on my body and my mood!

    • Lily

      Nah, I’m nothing close to being amazing. I’m just trying to do what I can given the circumstances. Don’t we all? You, ma’am, are a competitive woman for sure! Injuries are a pest, for sure. I hope you’re much better now. And yes, yoga helps a lot, especially when I’m feeling sore all over 🙂

  • Yup! When you’re hurt you gotta rest! I haven’t been going to the gym everyday lately-I need to start going back again. I still do my favourite Zumba classes, but that’s it. We’ve just been so busy lately, but we do go for a long over an hour walk almost every evening.

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried Zumba before. I read that you do 7.5km walks. That’s awesome Tracy!

  • Liz

    The body knows! I try not to deny it too much, which is why the donuts happen on a regular basis. It looks like I eat one every day, lol, but it’s only once a month and once I satisfy the craving, it goes away for a long time. I always felt sorry for the office ladies who were completely addicted to chocolate and limiting their intake to one small piece a day. And tonight I had to eat a salad without meat and carbs because I felt so heavy due to the heat.

    Sorry to hear about the injury but hubby was right! Sounds like a good lesson learned and I hope you’re all recovered now!

    • Lily

      A good lesson indeed. And I feel like I need to increase my yoga practise. I’ve been stiff and sore, but after the stretch this morning, feels so much better.

  • Whoa, 6 days a week is a lot and no wonder your body was protesting. When set backs occur I just remember that hey we are all human, not perfect, that set backs are normal. I have to admit I’m not exercising as much as you are, but maybe 1-2 times a week is my normal thing. I find that when I stop, it only takes me maybe 2 or 3 sessions to be me back to my previous stamina, so no need to whip yourself at all, I’m so impressed with everything you do on top of looking after 3 children! xx

    • Lily

      Thank you for your kind words Sofia. My workouts seem intense but it’s because I’m so far away from my goal. I’m still overweight and while I see improvements in strength and stamina, I still have a long way to go. I did 100 push ups today though. Full form, no slacking. So proud!

      • 100! I’m very proud of you!

        • Lily

          Teehee thank you! I was totally fishing for compliments. Hahaha!

  • That’s a perfect post for me right now – yeah, I don’t know AT ALL how to listen to my body and sometimes maybe give myself a break. I try to work out five times a week, but just today, I have cramps and also this hitch in my hip that doesn’t want to go away (it’s been here for a couple days now), and I feel like maybe I shouldn’t hit the gym today, but that makes me feel like a quitter. So I don’t know what to do, lol. Maybe just some stretches and light weights when the cramps ease off?

    I’m trying to work on my diet too because I’m much hungrier than before I started working out, and I tend to reach for carbs (sweet or salty snacks) when I’m hungry. It’s a struggle, Lily!

    • Lily

      I’m struggling too Monika! Instead of having a protein shake, I reach for bad carbs. And here in Asia, for us Chinese anyway, our food consists of mainly rice and noodles!
      I’m trying to figure out a way for me to stick to my macro portions. Man, I suck at it.

  • I’m actually really bad about this kinda thing, too. I pulled something in my hip a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t really taken time off, lol, so it’s still bothering me. I took a mini break when S was here and I’ve been sort of easing off, but I get antsy when I can’t work out. Still, the body does know best, and sometimes even without injury, I feel like I just need to take a break and cool it for a while. That usually helps!

    • Lily

      You’re right Larie. Sometimes when we’re not feeling 100%, it’s Ok to rest. I hope you’ll feel better soon. Little pulls like this can be annoying. They’re not exactly an injury but they affect your form nonetheless.

  • Jaa

    6 days a week is hard core, Lily! I don’t know how you did it but wow. When I started working out, I tried to do it everyday, too, but after a month or so, my body just couldn’t keep up so I’ve been doing it only every other day instead and now I feel much better! I feel that when you do it so often, it feels harder, and it feels like you have to drag yourself to do it but when you space it out a little bit, you kind of look forward to doing it. I don’t know if it’s just me but yeah. 😀

    • Lily

      Hi Jaa, yeah, definitely do what your body feels. But of course, I myself need to find out if it’s really my body that is tired, or maybe I’m just lazy. Hahaha! So to be safe, I’ll just stick to my schedule, until I really feel a little ‘off’ 🙂

  • This post was inspiring. I mean SHIT DUDE, 6 days a week with 3 kids and a husband in the mix?! I applaud you! I’ve never worked out 6 times a week in my entire life, including when I was 16 and did gymnastics (I got close – 5 days a week!), but seeing someone who is much busier than I am manage it makes me think I need to get up and GO. I got a FitBit a couple months ago and it has helped me so much. I’ve lost weight and feel better, and was shocked to see how sedentary I was. Now I make time to go for walks and just do little things like make many trips to get things done versus loading up and doing 1 trip. It adds up!
    You should be extremely proud of yourself. Yoga is wonderful. It’s probably the only exercise I’ve ever done where I actually feel better at the end of practice instead of tired or sore. It really does soothe the savage beast. When I struggle to meet a goal, I allow myself time to be sad, angry or disappointed in myself for a few minutes, and then I think about how to get back on track and I just start fresh the next day. We’re only human, after all, and people have struggles. The trick is to learn from the mistakes, keep pulling yourself up by your boot straps and move forward. Much love!

    • Lily

      I’m glad this motivates you, Kristen! I sure need some motivation myself. Hahaha! I’ve been kinder on myself lately though. I don’t know if that means slacking off, but if I can’t make it to the gym, then I try not to worry about it too much. However, that means minimum calorie intake for that day. I’m quite fickle in general, and I go back and forth in many things, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to stick with this!