I usually never take a rest day during the work-week. I typically save them for Sunday or Friday. Today, however, I felt really sore, a little tired, and realized that if I went to boxing - my workout would probably be a little weak (literally and figuratively). So, I decided to take an "active-rest" day.
Rest Days are CRITICAL to ensuring those muscles you work so hard to tone, recover and develop stronger. Sometimes I feel guilty for a mid-week rest day. I really need to let that go. Do any of you feel that way? I'll be thanking myself tomorrow when I go to boxing and am ready to GET AFTER IT. Plus, I was able to do some laundry, write this blog post, and clean!
I decided that a solid Yoga workout is exactly what my body needed (I even threw on my favorite Fenway Yoga t-shirt!). I YouTubed my favorite Yoga DVD, Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown: Volume 1. It has more movement than straight 'holds' and it isn't really hokey. Nothing wrong with a little hokey yoga, but, I just can't take it seriously coming out of my television.
I roasted a sweet potato in the oven while I yogied it up in the living room. These potatoes rocked my world at dinner tonight. Yummmmm.
(Cut the extra virgin o/o-drizzled tater into chunks and throw on pan in the oven at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes.)
Tossed this chicken in some honey mustard and cayenne pepper and threw it on the grill pan.
Mash up the taters... they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - kind of like a cookie! I drizzled it with extra virgin, a tsp of Parmesan, and smashed in a chopped fried sage leaf. The chicken is drizzled with a little more honey mustard.
This meal is jam packed with FUEL. Especially Protein, Vitamin C, and B Vitamins. Perfect for recovery.
While I am at it... I would like to make a request to stop using the phrase "going on a diet". Diets don't work... it's a bad word. Fueling properly does work. If you fuel your body properly... it will thank you! (more on this to come)
Have an awesome week! xo