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Weighing In With Coach Amber: Take Care Of Your Health, Always

Amber DeLeal February 20, 2016
Weighing In With Coach Amber - Take Care of Your Health

Well, today went every way except for the way I thought it would. But hey, at least the weekend is right around the corner!

Last night I felt like I was getting ill, so I left work early to get a little extra sleep. I’m a firm believer that rest does a sick body good. Rest and chicken noodle soup! 🙂

Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling like my normal self this morning either. But I headed to the gym anyway, because sometimes you just need a little kick start and things start to fall in to place.

I did my normal 30 minutes of cardio on the bike and headed to the free weights to start my favorite workout day….. BACK DAY!!

As soon as I finished my first set of dumbbell rows, however, I felt dizzy and weak.

If there’s one thing I don’t want to feel while I’m lifting weights… it’s weak!

I managed to push through a few other exercises and decided to call it quits for the day. That decision is one of the hardest for me. I truly hate leaving the gym without finishing what I started, especially being only 8 weeks away from my physique competition.

I feel like I didn’t give my all – even though I did give it everything I had. It almost feels like leaving a store empty handed, knowing what I needed when I walked in and then walking out without it.

I picked up my two youngest kids from the gym daycare and headed home. I contemplated calling in sick to work long and hard (my time off is very limited) and was leaning towards trying as hard as I could to make it through my shift.

Well, here I am writing this instead, because getting back to my normal, healthy state, is extremely important.

No matter what your fitness goals are, you need to keep yourself healthy to achieve them.

You have to know when to say “no” or “I need a break”. Know your limits, swallow your pride, and get back to good health so you can get back on track achieving your full potential.

I’m about as stubborn as they come when it comes to not going to the gym. Because typically the only thing that makes me feel my best is hitting the gym. Nothing else seems to energize me for my whole day quite like cardio and weight training. And when I miss my training my whole day is off balance and never feels quite right.

I’m need to get to bed, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to post this to remind you that being the healthiest version of yourself is always of prime importance. Craig and I aren’t coaches who are only concerned about helping you look your best. We take a holistic approach that begins and ends with what’s most important: your health.

Always take care of yourself. Your body will tell you when you need a break. Don’t be stubborn. Listen to it.

Don’t milk it, though. It’s easy to get lazy after taking a day or two off from your exercise routine. Get back to it as soon as you feel good enough.

You don’t need to be back to perfect health. If you can make it through your workout, even at less than maximum intensity, that’s good enough.

I’m thankful that Winter is almost over and hopefully taking its sicknesses with it!

Now, off to bed so I can recover and continue on the path of building the best – and healthiest – version of me I can.

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