Wednesday I missed my workout. Or rather skipped my workout. The night before, my vision got all messed up (I googled kaleidoscope vision which is a thing...) and it lasted about 15 minutes. I was nervous every single one of those minutes and then some. The headache set in after so I went to sleep hoping for relief in the morning. Come Wednesday I had a stressful/busy day at work (which I survived thanks to my amazing coworkers) and consequently didn't drink enough water. I just didn't feel well at all. Maybe it was the lack of water. Or recurring migraine/headache pains. Or a combination. But I felt exhausted, lightheaded, and all I wanted to do was shut my eyes. When I got off the bus I jog/hopped across the street and even that was too much bouncing for me. On cardio day which involves mimicking jump roping I knew I had to wave that white flag.
And you know what? The world DIDN'T end. Don't get me wrong, I felt a bit guilty and was frustrated because I knew I could use the stress-relieving endorphins. Which is a win in my book! I hardly ever view exercise that way...maybe I've truly found a workout that I enjoy. A workout that I look forward to. Gasp! But even when you enjoy a workout you need to know when to say no and give yourself (either mentally or physically) a break.
The feelings of guilt I had signifies I still have some work to do. I love this program because I'm told on what day what exercise to do and for how long. Yet I can still individualize it to my level which is key after longer work days. But the downside is it's easier to feel like a failure when I miss a workout for whatever reason. Or to feel like I should push through the pain or the sickness.
Just like when you're making changes to eat healthier, changes with workouts are lifestyle changes. If you want to sustain something it can't be all or nothing because that is just not realistic. Families, friends, work, or any unexpected plans are natural. We can't control these things. And usually something needs to give. It should always be exercise because then maybe you're making excuses to ditch that exercise (and consequently maybe you need to reevaluate your goals) but every once and a while it may be necessary. So don't beat yourself up. Instead look at the days you have committed to working out. Look at the days you chose a nutrient dense snack instead of something greasy and void of nutrition. Look at the energy you have. Look at the confidence you've gained. But don't look at yourself as a failure because you either completed your workout or not. Nothing is black and white.