Monday morning, rise and shine, on week 3 was not so sunny. I was not feeling it at all, my body was tired and I felt incredibly weak. The days past and it was not getting any better and I felt guilty. I knew that I had this week and one more, and not being able to perform the way I had been in the previous 2 weeks was really pissing me off. I was trying, really I was trying, but my body was screaming at me telling me to stop, telling me to rest, telling me NO MORE. What’s worse is that one of my trainers kept telling me that week 3 should be the best week, well hell I thought, I must not be strong enough because it was the worst week. I know that the trainer wanted to keep my spirits high but it was not working. Luckily for me I had some incredible counterparts that encouraged me to rest and that week 3 may not actually be the best week or the most powerful week, but rather the week that my body was tested to the limits and needed to rest.
For the first time since I have been at the retreat, I finally said no to activities. I did not participate in our Friday activities. Thursday night I would walk from my bed to the bathroom, maybe a total of 10 feet, and felt like my legs were going to buckle underneath me. I wanted to dip my body in ice and try to numb the pain. The pain was not the pain that you get from a hard leg day or even sore muscle but rather it was a pain that went to the depths of my bones. It was a pain that I’ve never experienced before. I didn’t want to walk or move. Electrolytes, an iron supplement, and rest was what the doctor ordered. The weekend was light and I prayed that Monday morning on my last week at the retreat would indeed be my power week. I didn’t want to fail, I didn’t want to give up, I didn’t want to be injured but I knew that part of my overall good health is to rest when you need it, when you really need it. I needed it.
The lesson that I learned from experiencing this week was that part of self love and self care is resting. Rest is just as important as pushing yourself harder and harder in the gym. Rest is healing to get your maximum results. I was glad that I stood up for myself and said no. I finally listened to my body and it was worth it!