Rest, recovery and breaking the chain
So Friday already and you’ve heard nothing from me since… that must mean I’ve been out there moving, shaking and making my dreams come true right? Honestly… not so much. I’d say it’s been 10% that, 20% doing things for others or to help others,10% reading and learning, 10% general life chores and the remaining 60% resting. You see as of Sunday afternoon I started coming down with a bit of a cold and having seen others suffer for up to 3 or 4 weeks I decided that wasn’t for me. I know that the best cure for illness for me, it is a simple one … sleep, and lots of it.
Rather than ‘manning up’ and ‘pushing through’ a week of rest and sleep has kept the cold at bay leaving me ready to hit the ground running next week free of illness. Now you may have a super cure for colds and that’s fantastic and I’d love to hear them. The one thing I’d really love to hear through is that when you get the first sign that illness is about to strike that you do the thing (whatever it is) that works best for you. So many times I hear people tell others what they ‘swear by’ but when they need it themselves they fail to take action. That goes for all sorts of things and not just colds. I’d also love to see more people accepting that others are using their wisdom, that they cease to guilt trip others for not cracking on and pushing themselves off to work. I’d like to see acceptance that there are times we need to stop in order to be able to return to our normal fully functioning selves as quickly as possible.
It’s important and I have to confess that even as I write this, knowing that I have done what is best for me, I’m still feeling a little bad about not having made more progress towards my goals, not having posted here, ‘for not having pushed on’. Crazy, but we are so well conditioned and it takes a lot of effort to pull against the tide.
While I am in confession mode (oh my listen to the language I am using!) It’s time to tell you that I’ve broken the chain as well.
After 90 days I had my first day at less than 5k steps. This started out as something that just happened because of my resting but I did spot it in time to make up the steps….and yet I didn’t. This was a choice I made to put my rest first and then to get back to my target. It’s almost a test but at the same time I want to acknowledge that there may come a time when I can’t hit target and I want to be able to handle that and handle it well.
Now to see how well I do handle it, can I get back on track? For me this isn’t about punishing myself or making myself feel bad about my choices but about experimenting, finding out what works and what doesn’t, understanding myself better and taking responsibility for my choices and my results.
So today I celebrate doing what was best for me.