Resting on Hump Day
I don't know what is up with me this week. I am feeling totally drained. I've been getting in my workouts, but they are getting more difficult as the days go by. Today should have been weights - 3 sets of 15 reps supersetted and going up in weight. In all honesty, the thought of doing weights today made me want to run away. Only my legs were too tired for that. While I have lowered the intensity levels of my indoor workouts (doing easier step or kickboxing rather than HIIT, Plyo, and Intervals) I have increased my running a great deal over the past 2 weeks. I think the increased mileage and speed coupled with additional leg work is finally catching up with me. Or that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I did start feeling that itch to lift upper body towards the afternoon though. But in reality, I knew I was truly fatigued and the workout would have suffered. And yes, I had to remind myself of that truth over and over. I also kept thinking about the fact that it's supposed to rain Fri-Mon. That means no run and indoor workouts. So in my mind, it would have been more ideal to do a workout today, run tomorrow, and take Friday off. Think, think, thinking....sometimes I over think.
Anyway, enough of that drama as I'm sure it get old to hear. I'm just venting or "blogging it out" as my pal Jessica would say. I do appreciate you all for sticking with me and "hearing" me out.
Since it was my rest day from weights and exercise, I decided to make it a rest day from kitchen duties as well. Jason offered to make dinner. I did, of course, have my hands in at least the cutting of the veggies. I just can't help myself sometimes. He made us a nice Thai dinner. The recipe originally came off the jar of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste and has been slowly adapted to our tastes. This time we used a different red paste that had a little more heat, more to our liking. Anyway, here's our Thai Veggies with Rice recipe:
Thai Veggies with Rice
1 can lite coconut milk
2-3 tbsp red curry paste (depending on heat level)
1 tsp agave nectar
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 package Quorn Chik'n Tenders (optional can sub your protein source)
Basil (Thai basil if you have)
Red chili flakes (optional depending on desired heat level)
1 cup cooked brown rice (barley or rice noodles would work well too)
In large non-stick skillet, saute carrots, onion, bell peppers until soft, add in coconut milk, curry paste, agave nectar, and basil. Let reduce then stir in Quorn and peas and let cook until heated through.
Serve over rice, barley, or rice noodles.
This is really an uncomplicated sauce and meal. It's also easy to adjust the flavors to your liking.
So sorry to hear about how drained you've been, girl. I hope you get the rest you need-- don't push it! You'll come back to your regular workouts when you're ready!ReplyDelete
Dinner looks yummy!
I think it was a good thing to take a break. You may have been overdoing it. I am glad you rested. ;-)ReplyDelete
Jason did a great job with dinner. It sounds and looks great. I hope you relaxed some this evening.
Thanks Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg ! Tomorrow's a new day right?! Dinner was good too ;-)ReplyDelete
Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Me? Overdo something??? LOL. I don't know which was harder, resting from a workout or cooking!
Good for you for taking a day off of everything! I'm sure that your rest day will energize you for whatever workouts you have planned for tomorrow. Have a good night!ReplyDelete
You have to listen to your body and I'm glad you did. Also, it is good for us to take a full rest for a week or so every few months. If you haven't done that in awhile, your body may just be letting you know that is what it needs now. It will only help rejuvenate you to do your workouts even better in the future, instead of being rundown and not doing them with the same gusto now.ReplyDelete
Eunice @ rainbwsnkittns I am so used to always doing something that just sitting back felt like I was somehow slacking. Nuts I know. Hope you're having a good evening too!ReplyDelete
Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fitness and Fun Girl I have never taken a full week off! My idea of a week off would be cardio only, no weights. Bad bad bad, I know. I am trying really hard to do good and listen to my body. Some days are easier than others of course.ReplyDelete
I can never get enough of Thai food, this dish looks great!ReplyDelete
could it be the full moon too? ive been hearing from a lot of people that theyre feeling drained because of the full moon.ReplyDelete
either way, a good rest will motivate u for a good workout the next time.
Nicci @ Nifty Eats We don't make it often enough. I need to find a good vegetarian/vegan Thai recipe book.ReplyDelete
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Interesting idea on the moon. May do some searching and see if there tends to be a correlation. And you're right about rest usually making for a better workout the next day! Or here's to hoping anyway ;-)
Oh boy, do I know how you feel!! I'm telling ya, blogging it out really DOES help figure out what's going on, especially when your workouts start to suffer and you can't figure out the culprit. Good job listening to your body and resting, I know all too well how hard it is to LISTEN! Hang in there!ReplyDelete
Yum...that dinner looks pretty awesome!! :)ReplyDelete
I am really bad at rest days. And when someone tries to cook for me I'm always like "well here let me at least chop that... are you sure you want the stove that hot?..." etc. etc.ReplyDelete
Don't ever worry about over think and over typing...this is your place to speak!! :)
I am always thinking about which workout to do on which days according to the weather/time/energy-level...it helps me to keep my routine a mix! (like today it's sunny, but not too warm, and it's supposed to be hot this weekend, so I'm saving up my running legs for the weekend and heading to the gym to lift/spin!) hehe!
I hope you are having a fabulous thursday! LOVE the thai recipe! :)
so smart to be aware and listen to your body....i am proud of you:)ReplyDelete
Yum! I can make this thai dish I think, I have coconut milk :) It looks so good! Aren't thai spices the best??ReplyDelete
I think you are good to have a rest....I love my rest days and I hear you with the workouts being harder lately. I feel that it takes me longer to recover too, I wonder why?
Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat It did help to sort of get it all out there. I think it's the additional leg work I've added to this rotation plus the extra mileage on the running. I'm definitely glad I took the day off.ReplyDelete
Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Not only was it tasty, I didn't have to make it! ;-)
Lele @ Lele Lurves Plants Funny how most people would savor a rest day that included someone cooking for them huh?!
Lizzy @ Healthy Bites Conquer Athlete Appetite Glad I'm not the only one constantly planning and plotting workouts and when this one would be best and that one should go. I wonder just how much time I do actually spend planning LOL. Happy Thursday to you too!
Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Thanks girl - sometimes it's easier to listen than others. My body was yelling at me and I got it loud and clear!
Kris @ iheartwellness This recipe is just so easy and versatile actually. It'd be great with cauliflower and broccoli too. Oh and peanut butter would be a great flavor addition. I'm afraid my recover periods are getting longer as I get older LOL, but I'd like to find another reason that sounds better!
you reminded me! My sister in law (who is Thai) sent me an entire Thai cookbook! I cant wait to get into now!ReplyDelete
Lisa @ I'm an Okie Oh, can't wait to see what you make with your cookbook! What's the title?ReplyDelete