week off

October 24, 2012

not from work . . .
because all of my vacation went to maternity leave.  but i think i’m going to take the next 4 – 5 days off from from running and working out.  and, i’m going to go to bed as early as i can and just rest up as much as possible.

the thing is:  i’m terrible at giving myself time off.  i’m not terrible at taking time off, because sometimes i just say FORGET IT and skip a planned workout in favor of stretching out on the couch with a carton of haagen daz.  it happens when i’m tired, when i’m too overwhelmed with work, or if i’m not in the mood.  but it’s rare that i actually give myself permission — even a plan — to relax.

it’s been 6 months since my last significant running hiatus — and that was right after, you know, giving birth.  so now seems like a logical time to take another one.

[you may not even see many posts for a few days!  i hope, though, to be back with renewed energy and fresh ideas.]
break time
do you ever take planned breaks — from running/training, exercise, studying, etc?  if so, how often?  i never used to plan them in, but i think that once/season would be a good idea.  
random day care pic:

[sorry couldn’t help myself!]


  • Reply Deva by definition March 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t plan breaks in advance, I more than likely end up feeling really sleepy or worn out or burnt out and decide to take a week or two off at that time. It can be hard, but those weeks tend to be more productive for me long-term.

  • Reply Red Stethoscope March 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I just did a mental check and I don’t think I’ve taken an exercise break in over 6 months myself. I’m not great at planning them, but if something happens like vacation or sickness, I do it without thinking twice.

  • Reply svettigamamman March 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I used to take the week off from cooking sometimes b.c (before children). When I had a busy week at work or was tired in general (or from marathon training) I’d buy give frozen dinners or eat takeout for the week. It was actually quite nice. Now I think the structure of sitting down to dinner as a family is too important to give up even for a week.
    We are going alway for two weeks to a resort soon and that will be a break from cooking and cleaning. Ah I can’t wait!

    Enjoy your break and come back refreshed!

  • Reply eye lift toronto March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Let me know more about the story. I want to tell this story to my daughter, when she become 7 year. Currently she is 5 year old.

  • Reply Courtney March 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Your son is too cute! He’s the absolute spit of his daddy. What’s his name – I assume it starts with an a?

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I think the hard thing about planning breaks is that I feel like when I do plan one, it’s not when I really need one so I don’t take it that easy, and I really need one during times that I’ve planned to work hard so I feel guilty for not pushing as hard as I can. I’d love to be able to figure out the right timing…

  • Reply Solitary_Diner March 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This sounds very wise (although I’ll miss your frequent posting!). I’m very good at giving myself breaks when I’m on vacation, but otherwise I rarely give myself permission to not do things. Like you, I more often end up not doing things because I’m exhausted, and then I feel lazy and guilty about everything. Not a mentally healthy approach to life!

    • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I’m the same way!! I hardly even let myself relax and take scheduled breaks unless I’m on a vacation. I really need to adopt this wise mindset more often. So healthy for ones physical and mental state!

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