Lately I feel like I’ve been fighting a losing battle with dieting and fitness. I’ve been on some sort of diet for nine months, while also following an intense gym routine on the side. It’s been great, but I think there comes a time when you just need a break, whether you feel you deserve one or not.
I don’t think you necessarily need to take months out, unless you have to, but it is perfectly ok to take a week or two to relax, give your body a break, and reassess your goals. If you’re tired and lacking motivation, maybe you need a break. If you’re not seeing results, maybe you need a break. If you find you’re stressed and it’s affecting things like work or your social life, then maybe you need a break. We can’t all be on top of our game all of the time.
If the thought of taking time out makes you feel guilty, then I can relate. I hit a rough patch before Easter and probably should have taken a break then, but instead I pushed through right up until our summer holiday. By the time I got on the plane to Mexico, I’d never been more ready for a break. It can get obsessive, can’t it?
As this post goes live I’ll be landing back in the UK after a twelve day trip to Mexico. During this time I will have completely let my hair down, with minimal training and a diet which, well, it’s all inclusive so I think that says it all really. Will I have gained weight? Absolutely. But that’s fine, because I needed that break, and if you can’t relax on holiday when can you?
If you’re in this position also, give yourself time to recover and kick-start your passion for fitness and food again. Even the best of the best take time out. We’re not machines, we need to recharge just the same as our phones, laptops and camera batteries do.