You Are Not Tired! --- Turbo Fire - Day 17 and 18

Turn up the heat and feel the burn

Turbo Fire will shed the fat fast. Are you ready for the burn?
Turbo Fire will shed the fat fast. Are you ready for the burn? | Source

Sometimes - you just need to relax!

In order for your muscles to recover, it is important to take days off. That way, when you push them next time they will be ready to grow!
In order for your muscles to recover, it is important to take days off. That way, when you push them next time they will be ready to grow! | Source

Day 17

This was a day of rest. After all, when you are working this hard, it is very important to take a break. This is difficult for me because I like to go. Not to mention, I really like to workout so when I don't I feel like there is a big part of the day missing.

So, I forced myself to take a day of rest. I bobbed in the pool outside, I read a book in my hammock and pretty much did nothing. I barely even went on Facebook (which is very odd for me!) And after all was said and done, I was still missing my workout, but I felt much more relaxed by day's end.

Day 18

It is amazing how much better I feel after taking a whole day of rest and not cheating... you know... by going for a run or throwing in a workout program just for the sake of working out. So today, I woke up with tons of energy. Although maybe the surge in energy is partially caused by the excessive amount of sleep I have been getting lately. I don't think I have rolled out of bed before 9 a.m. all week. After all - no school - means I don't have to get up in the morning with the kids.

Yes - I know I am suppossed to be getting up early so I can work out with my husband. But, I have been really exhausted lately so we have pushed our workouts to the evening. This has worked because I just can't seem to motivate myself to get out of bed to workout... much less be the driving force for him to workout. It still makes me nervous since I feel like there is a greater chance that something will come up and the workout will be skipped entirely. But I promise you when things go back to normal (and I get rid of this cold), the workouts will be back on to early morning!

On today's agenda was the HIIT 15 class and the Tone 30. The HIIT class goes by very fast, so I hardly feel as if I have worked out. Today that was not the case. With the extra energy I had, I found I could increase the intensity. So much so that this time I actually burned an additional 100 calories more than I did the previous time I did the HIIT 15 class.

I also love doing the Toning workouts afterwards. Because the HIIT class revs your metabolism, I found I am actually burning more calories during this workout, than when I do it by itself. Who can really complain about that! Not to mention, I have lost enough weight were I can actually start to see the definition in my muscles (particularly my abs), so I really feel super pumped when I do this workout!

Today though was not easy. My husband even had a few choice words for Chalene during the midway point of the workout. At that point, I felt like I got shot in the arm.I screamed my way through and I fought to the end. But, you have to make it tough enough where you struggle to make it to the end. That is where it gets painful, but it is also where you will see the results. I know by the end of this journey, that will make all the difference!

Why do I need a break?

This is one of the hardest things for me to follow, but I have found lately that it is going to have to be a must follow rule for the rest of Turbo Fire. Earlier in the year, I got sick. Not just a little sick, but really really sick. It actually forced me to put my workouts on hold, hence why TurboFire started so late when I was planning on beginning in April. That was a very hard 3 months for me. After the last round of antiobiotics and steriods, I thought I was finally good to go. So I started working out hard again. It didn't take long and my cough started creeping back.

Naturally, I had to figure out what was going on. So I got out my laptop and searched and searched. That is when I came across this article on overtraining. Frankly, I am not a believer in overtraining, or at least I would hate to admit that I am not able to work out to the point of what I was doing. After all, I wasn't training like an olympic athlete or anything and they seem just fine. So why me?

Feel the burn... but not because you have a fever

It is important to rest and recover. If you don't, you may subject yourself to overtraining. So, if you notice your starting to feel sick, let your body get some rest!
It is important to rest and recover. If you don't, you may subject yourself to overtraining. So, if you notice your starting to feel sick, let your body get some rest! | Source

What are the signs of overtraining?

There are several symptoms of overtraining. Some of them might fit your circumstances while others may not. However, if you start noticing some of the symptoms, it might be time to back off, particularly if you find you are starting to become ill.

  • Compromised immune system - you might feel you are getting sick easier.
  • Fatigue - working out should increase your energy, not decrease it.
  • Soreness - No matter how much you stretch, your body seems to always seem achy.
  • Lack of Results - Plateaus happen, but if you always seem to be on one, back off!
  • Pain in your muscles and joints - If you are starting to feel pain in spots that you never did before, you might be at risk for overtraining and at risk for injury.
  • Depression - Depression can be a good sign that you are working out too much.
  • Lack of motivation - Don't feel like working out anymore? If the desire is no longer there, you might be doing too much.
  • Dehydration - Suddenly feel like it doesn't matter how much you drink, you still seem to be thirsty. That is a good sign you are overtraining!

It is important to recognize the symptoms of overtraining when they first start. If you don't adjust what you are doing, you can get really ill or even injure yourself. Sadly, if you are sick or injured, you won't be seeing any results. So, you are better off resting up and recovering.

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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

You know overtraining is one of those things that you have been doing for months, but the other thing I read about this week is your social life. I read that people without a social life have a lower immune system and tend to become sick more frequently. With you being a stay at home mom your social life consists of Max... and sometimes a date or two with friends or the rest of the family. That is not a lot of time with other people. It might help for you to get out and meet a few people as well... of course that is just a suggestion! Also it is physical meeting, not online since your online social life is always booming! Anyways... I still love reading about your workouts every day and I am so proud of you for keeping with them and still seeing results!! Just keep it up because I am watching you :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - very interesting. I am going to have to look into that a little further. But I must say, yesterday I was out on a playdate with a friend last week I went over to a friends house and hung out... so my social life has gotten a little better ;) Of course, that is also killing my diet with alcohol too. Damn social life and beer! ha ha! But that is very interesting to know that a lack of a social life could impact your immune system.

BTW - if you keep watching for daily posts of TurboFire it probably isn't going to happen. I have already had problems getting it posted because of the introductions being too similiar. So I am purposely scaling back even if I am working out! :) Just wanted to let you know!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I've already noticed! That doesn't mean I'm not keeping my eye out! I have to keep you honest after all and I am your biggest fan :-) Just keep up the great work!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I knew you would. I even hate how this one turned out because I was getting frustrated trying to get it published! Ugh... but I am working out... I promise that! LOL I still feel kind of crappy but I am thinking it is actually allergies. Unfortunately, it is making my eyelids heavy! :) Thanks for the pushes!!!


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Typical of me I join up on day 17, a rest day lol. I really approve of rest days ask my wife ha-ha nice read but will I be back to restart my training-no it looks like being a nice day. voted up.:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brian - You know - days of rest are very important!!! LOL Well thanks for joining me - even if you plan on enjoying the nice day instead of restarting your training! :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

A good reminder that taking breaks is important. I like that you are taking us along your fitness journey. I vote up!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I've been making a new garden lately - and of course time isn't on my side:) lol. I have done so much physical work my joints are hurting - a lot! I didn't know exercise could cause that though! So - hey - I learn something new every time I read your hubs!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

A break now and then sure helps...love how you were lazying around with your kids...adorable!!

you go girl!!

will wait up anxiously for your day 19 and 20 workout story! cheers!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ChristyWrites - Taking breaks is very important and I have to keep telling myself that because I have a hard time with that one. I just like the way I feel when I am working out! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - I am glad your still learning something hear. I was kind of scared about doing this journey for fear that I would run out of things to say. However, if your still learning... I am still heading down the right track. BTW - your garden looks outstanding!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - That hammock is amazing - I tell ya. My husband got me it for my birthday last year. It is so comfortable, I really could lay in it all day. But I will admit, getting me to rest is kind of hard. I hardly ever sit still! LOL Glad you are enjoying my adventure... sadly I am having difficulty publishing this every single day so I am doing it in spurts! Thanks for the support!

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