Working the Body & Still Eating

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I’m sleep deprived.  I rely on a cup of coffee to fully wake me up in the morning.  I’m in college, and I hate to say that for me these things come with the territory.

So, in a time of stress and little sleep I tried something new – giving my body a break.  Not worrying about workouts, just staying active and moving, stretching, etc.

Until yesterday, I hadn’t done a real workout in over a week.  No, the world did not end!  But to be perfectly honest, I felt  disgusting.  I felt low energy, lethargic, and in desperate need of some endorphins.

I knew there was a reason I used to work out every day during school – regardless of how much work I had, or how little sleep I get.  I need it.  My body craves it.  Even when I don’t sleep enough, the rest I do get is so much better when I’ve gotten my physical energy out as well.

But here’s the thing – I have to plan ahead.  I don’t have time to plan workouts, but I sure as hell can make time for a 20-30 minute sweat session.  That’s 20-30 minutes I would have otherwise spent being down and debating whether I have the energy to exercise.  Exercise gives me energy – and it’s a much better option than reaching for an extra cup of coffee or sugary snack for a pick me up.

So I’m going to try to plan.  To choose 4-5 workouts to do for the week, that way I’m set to go when it’s time to sweat.

I know sometimes we have to take time off, but when your body tells you to do something, for goodness’ sake, DO IT!

And my body is telling me it needs to move.

[[In other news… I still eat, and eat well]]

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the twins’ fig and almond butter socca

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delicious tofu sandwiches (thank you trader joe’s organic baked tofu)

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INDIAN FOOD (which for some reason, I’ve been craving like crazy.)  This is the cheap way to do it.

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about 1/3 of the rice, and ALL of the channa.  I could eat indian food like every day.  In fact, I think I’ve had it like 3 times in the past week.

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squash! & eggs & greens.  That’s the last meal I ate in my favorite mixing bowl…

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It fell off the counter last night!  Which makes me really sad, but I guess now I just need to find a new giant salad bowl.

Do you work out when stressed? Or give your body a break?

Do you like Indian food?

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11 thoughts on “Working the Body & Still Eating

  1. Danni @ Healthy Kitschy Vegan

    I find that I feel better once I work out – even if it’s just a walk or a yoga session…and even if my mind is telling me I have no time to workout. I try my best to make even a little time. Exercise relaxes my mind, makes me feel accomplished and ready to work! But of course, if you need a rest day, then by all means take one! There’s no saying someone needs to exercise every day!

    And I LOVE Indian food! Especially this time of year. It’s so warm and inviting!

    Sorry about your bowl. I have a terrible habit of breaking dishes. I swear, I should just use plastic ones so I don’t end up breaking EVERYTHING.

    Have a nice weekend!
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks, Danni – it’s always good to know I’m not alone here. (that bowl was plastic! but it was made of bits and pieces recycled plastic..)

  2. Miss Polkadot

    Great post! I agree with you on exercise being a great stress reliever. Especially running outdoors helps me relax, sort my thoughts calm down. A cup of tea on the sofa is nice, too, but doesn’t help if I’m annoyed by colleagues, had to sit in muggy rooms in university for hours.

    Recently, though, I was overly stressed out and had no energy left after a really long and busy shift. While I had planned to work out that day I didn’t because I felt it’d have been too much for my body.

    Your idea to plan 4-5 workouts a week sounds good and not too much.

    Aaaah, Indian food! I enjoy it a lot but haven’t had it in a while – thanks for the reminder! Which is your favourite dish? Are there any great recipes you recommend trying?

    I hope you’ll find another bowl you like as much as this one. Breaking your favourite dishes sucks – I’ve lost a few that way, too.

    Hope you get to enjoy a relaxing weekend!
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks, Miss Polkadot! I’m liking my plan so far. As far as indian food goes, I’m a huge fan of the masala spice blend – my favorite popular recipe is probably channa (chickpea) masala with vegetable biryani. I’ve actually never made my own 100% from scratch (I’ll buy sauces and spice blends), but I’d love to try some time!

  3. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Noooo! Poor salad bowl! I didn’t even know that type of bowl could break? Good to know.

    I totally hear you on the exercising/rest thing…sometimes you’re body needs a break, but sometimes you just gotta move whether you FEEL like it or not! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been thisclose to talking myself out of a workout but somehow managed to get my but to the gym and ended up feeling GREAT afterwards! I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately (thank you night shift insomnia) so I didn’t make it to the gym Sunday or Monday. After two days off in a row, it was hard to find the motivation to go today, but I did and…? It felt SO good to sweat!

    Love Indian food…but I have to make it myself or be REALLY careful when ordering out…I’m such a pansy when it comes to spicy stuff! Lol
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    1. Rachel Post author

      I know, right – the bowl was plastic!! I kind of wish it was easier to get to my gym, I would totally be more motivated to go. Just gotta remind myself how good a good sweat feels.

  4. Helsinki Blog

    Yes I agree that regular excercise keeps you feeling more positive
    Here in Finland we also take up Ice S wimming to ward of Finnish winter depression
    Winter swimming in -20C really does improve blood circulation and lessens the chance of getting the winter depressive mood swings,something frequently seen in the bitter cold Scandinavia countries

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