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28 Jun 2012: Let Down

This morning saw either a great decision for my body/health, or a let down from a mindset perspective – see notes…


Time to bed (previous night): 22:00
Time got up (today): 04:45
Mood (1 to 5):
Morning 2 (see notes)


04:45 – Porridge, toast, orange juice
05:30 – Bus, nap
06:15 – Skinny long mac, muesli bar
08:30 – Few nuts
10:00 – Coffee and cake


I’ve felt a little bit under the weather all week, with a few aches, taking a couple of paracetamol most evenings, and being ready for bed at 8:30 pretty much every night! I have also been pretty pleased that I haven’t yet developed a full-blown cold. In fact, I haven’t had any time off sick since I started this back in January!

I think things finally caught up with me a little this morning – I woke up briefly at about 2:30am, way too early for a Thursday (back yard session day), quickly fell back to sleep and woke again at 4:45.

While I could have squeezed the back yard session in, I would have been “late” heading to work (late compared to my usual time these days). This put me in a 50/50 frame of mind to start with then, once I actually started to move, everything was aching; shoulders, knees, back, head… it felt like my whole body was saying “please, can we just have a rest today?”

So instead of training, I had a hot shower, felt a bit better, took a couple of paracetamol, ate breakfast and headed for work. I had a further nap on the bus – clearly my body needs rest.

I am now unsure whether this is a case of listening to my body and doing the sensible thing (a view I am inclined to believe) or whether it’s just the easy option taken by a weak mindset… I’ve previously read that you shouldn’t train when unwell, that your body needs the rest so it can recover, repair and heal.

I’ve also heard the trainers on “The Biggest Loser” saying that they train with a cold etc. I am inclined to believe that this is bullshit intended to bolster the extreme “no pain no gain” image that BL portrays at times.

Overall I’m happy with my decision – let’s see how it pans out…