Skip to content

. i made a mistake… .

June 28, 2011

Tuesdays are running days…


… at least, according to the plan they are…

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – I lift.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – I run.

Today was a Tuesday, but today wasn’t a running day…

… it was a random rest day.


To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit off lately – nothing too major, but I’ve definitely been experiencing some subtle annoyances…

I haven’t been sleeping well…

Some nights, I have a pretty hard time falling asleep, even though I roll into bed exhausted. And lately I’ve been waking up around 4 or 5, which is pretty early… even for me. The worst part is that I wake up feeling like I could use a bit more sleep, but I can’t get myself to actually fall back asleep so I usually end up just rolling out of bed and starting my day anyways.

I feel shaky and anxious in the mornings…

I usually wake up hungry enough to chew off my own arm, but lately the hunger’s been absent and replaced by this general feeling of malaise that doesn’t go away until about 30 minutes after I finish eating breakfast – it actually reminds me of the feeling of low blood sugar…

I ran out of caramel pudding 😦 But at least I have my chocolate.

I’ve been more irritable/moody…

Nothing extreme, but definitely a bit more snappy than usual, and less like my normal happy self.

I’ve been experiencing minor headaches…

Headaches are a pretty rare thing for me. I almost never get them, so I definitely know that something is up when they do come around. That and a bit more vertigo and a randomly increasing resting heart rate.


Vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, a sliced banana, and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.

My digestion has been off…

I haven’t changed anything in my diet, but my stomach isn’t taking kindly to the same foods that it normally tolerates without a problem. This is something that usually happens when I’m stressed out, but since I haven’t been feeling any stress, the only other thing that I can attribute this to is being over-tired… which results in my body not having enough energy to devote to proper digestion.

. – . – . – .

At first, I thought that I might be coming down with something – which would have been a bit odd considering I haven’t been sick in years – but the more that I thought about my symptoms, the more little alarm bells started going off in my head…

This is exactly how I felt when I was undereating & overtraining in the past.
Not to the same degree, of course, but the similarities are impossible to ignore.

Pumpkin Chili Mexican Scramble

Now, before you start scolding and throwing rotten eggplants at me (please don’t… I hate eggplants, even when they’re not moldy), please know that this was in no way intentional. I haven’t been cutting back on how much I eat, and I haven’t been upping how much I exercise – the only thing I changed recently was cutting back on how much running I do, and replacing that with more lifting… which amounts to pretty much the same amount of overall exercise in the end.

I think the problem is that I underestimated how much extra effort my body has to exert when I lift. I’ve mentioned that my appetite has been a lot more out of control since I started getting more serious about strength training, and while I’ve been doing my best to honor my hunger, maybe it wasn’t enough – maybe I need to pay a lot more attention to making sure that I eat more than usual, especially because one of the symptoms of overtraining is a loss of appetite… so relying on hunger cues isn’t the safest bet.


Harney & Sons Paris tea (thanks Natalie!) and a bowl of yogurt mess.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I’m nothing if not honest with you guys, and although I pride myself in my desire to treat my body well, I’ll be the first to admit when I make a mistake… and I made a mistake. I didn’t take enough care, and it’s come back to bite me in the ass butt. But at least now that I recognize it, I can do something to fix it – and maybe someone can learn from my mistake in the process.

So today I rested… and ate, and ate, and ate. Yes, it felt a bit uncomfortable – I won’t lie and say that I’m completely immune to feelings of guilt – but I also know that continuing along this path will lead me to a place that’s even more uncomfortable, and I’d rather not end up there again, thank you very much.

See you guys tomorrow for WIAW!

. – . – . – .

Have you ever suffered from overtraining? What did you do to fix it?

Do you ever take unplanned rest days? Do you feel guilty for it?

87 Comments leave one →
  1. Brooke permalink
    June 28, 2011 5:42 pm

    Can I just say that I admire you so much for listening to your body, recognizing a problem, and then actually doing something to fix it rather than continuing on a destructive path. That takes a lot of strength! I definitely had a good period of 8-12 months where I overtrained and underate.. and my body was not happy with me at all. I couldn’t sleep, felt groggy and crabby all the time, my joints ached, and my hair was falling out. Now I train just as much and eat about 5x more. The difference? I feel and look great rather than like I am on my deathbed! Granted I still sometimes feel very guilty if I take more rest days than usual one week or if a “planned” gym day turns into a rest day because of my busy schedule. But I’ve come to realize that it’s just not worth stressing over! I’m active and healthy enough that it really has such a minimal impact, and when I do have a rest day I know it’s helping my body recover or that I’m accomplishing some other important task instead. 🙂

  2. June 28, 2011 5:51 pm

    Are we the same person!? Last night I tweeted that I was feeling funny, and I ended up cancelling my regular tuesday morning run and took an extra rest day! I have had the same “this feels like low blood sugar” feeling especially in the mornings, which I experienced way-back-when. I am totally confused because I’ve been upping my eats and last week I had a sudden fear that maybe I had imagination really does run wild! Either way I’m going to try to take better care because I just hate that “I-feel-funky” feeling!

  3. June 28, 2011 5:52 pm

    I definitely take some unplanned resting days but it’s good for the body and the soul. It’s normal to feel a little off. I don’t run so my body doesn’t usually get too overworked. I can’t even imagine weight training and running! You are a machine girl 😀

  4. June 28, 2011 5:59 pm

    So you’re not perfect after all? lol…it happens to the best of us. The greatest thing is that you recognized this and are getting the rest and nutrition that your body needs! I totally have over-trained before and it’s so draining. I always get headaches and feel completely drowsy (almost like a constant state of dehydration even when I drink all day). I am not immune to guilt when I take days off/eat more too, however, I am starting to realize through posts by lovely ladies like yourself, that your body will tell you how to treat it and if you listen everything will work out in the end and happiness will come soon! Feel better girl!! I’m always here if you needa vent 🙂

  5. Catherine permalink
    June 28, 2011 6:00 pm

    I read your posts since the beginning of May and I sincerely admire you very much!
    I’m glad you found and solve your problems easily as you do. I did not even comment on any of your posts but I think that perhaps someone among the people who reading your posts could help me. I would like to listen to my body as you do, but I can’t. I train a lot, 3-4x week jogging, cycling, interval trainning 5-6 days … but I am not able to lose weight and I never see evolution on my body… I’m a bit desperate. I eat about 1500-1800 kcal per day, but if I eat a little more, I gain weight…
    So, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
    I too hope to find my balance as many of you!
    (Sorry for my english, I’m french !)

  6. June 28, 2011 6:01 pm

    I’m so glad that you rested today and realized what your body is truly needing! I haven’t ever overtrained before, but I have taken unplanned rest days. I sometimes feel guilty about it that day, but then when I get back to exercise I feel much more “fresh” and my workouts feel so much better so I get over it. Good for you though for recognizing what is going on! I don’t know if I would have.

  7. June 28, 2011 6:02 pm

    It’s great that you’ve caught this in the beginning and are ready to turn it around, it can turn for the worse so quickly, and I wouldn’t want you to be on that horrible path again.
    I have trouble with rest days/not exersizing, but that’s all ed related.
    & I have had low blood sugars and had fainting spills as a result, be careful!

  8. June 28, 2011 6:03 pm

    As you know, I had to take an unplanned rest day on Saturday, since I felt sick during competition week. Since Suave Slav and I did so well, we didn’t feel guilty taking a rest day. It was much needed.

    Hope you feel better, dear Amanda!

  9. June 28, 2011 6:06 pm

    Good for you for recognizing the signs your body was sending you. Really. I do think it’s hard not to feel guilty when you have to get off of your normal schedule, but it’ll all end up balancing itself out. No need to feel guilty at all! Lifting is something new to you, and you’re just in the process of figuring out how to adjust your other habits along with your adjusted exercise!

    Can’t wait to see your WIAW! I’ll be posting one too 🙂

  10. June 28, 2011 6:08 pm

    I am so amazed at how in tune you are with your body! Kudos for recognizing these symptoms and making sure to fix the problem. 😀 I think it can be really easy to overtrain without realizing it, especially with weight training. Your metabolism has probably increased so much now that you’re lifting more and (most likely) gaining more muscle mass. Hopefully you’ll be able to settle into a new groove as you start to figure out how much food you need now.

    Also, I’ve been feeling super off lately too and I’ve had some of the same symptoms as you – headaches, weird appetite, digestive problems, plus dizziness, nausea and GI upset. I doubt it’s because of over training though because I’ve actually drastically decreased my workouts since starting my summer job. 😛

  11. June 28, 2011 6:09 pm

    Dude this is awesome. I’m so amazed at how in tune with your body you are. I think it’s fabulous you can pinpoint why you were feeling off, I’ve experienced that same overtraining feeling and it took me the longest time to figure it out. When I go through symptoms of overtraining, I do just like you and rest up with lots of tasty fuel! 🙂

  12. June 28, 2011 6:10 pm

    Similar thing happened to me the other morning, I went for my usual 3 mile run and I could barely get through mile 2. I was exhausted, nauseous and dizzy. Weird, right?

  13. June 28, 2011 6:10 pm

    When I first started running I definitely was surprised at how much more I needed to eat. It wasn’t much of a change at first – I figured, oh, a mile or two, big deal – but like you mentioned, I started feeling a little more lethargic and tired. That definitely made me snap to! Like you said, sometimes it IS hard to notice, because noticeable hunger signs really do diminish. Once I started upping my intake is when they came back and I started feeling more energetic!

  14. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    June 28, 2011 6:10 pm

    Good for you amanda…..I honestly love reading your posts because you are so darn honest and uplifting! I sort of made the same mistake recently and have had to step back and reevaluate my refueling process. Like you said it was not intentional at all….and as soon as I started noticing a difference in my energy when working out…I knew it was time for a change.

    Thank you for being a constant source of positive energy and a great role model.

  15. June 28, 2011 6:14 pm

    Love this!!! I’m so glad you realized what was wrong and are taking the necessary steps to treat your body right. I pride myself on being honest so I appreciate you being the same way. I think you know how I feel about unplanned rest days — totally okay with it! I definitely read a lot of blogs where I feel like the person is overtraining and not upping the amount they eat. Drives me INSANE!

  16. June 28, 2011 6:19 pm

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever suffered from overtraining. I’ve been feeling exhausted lately though – that’s for sure! It’s 8:18 p.m. right now, and I think I’m going to hit the hay soon. Hopefully that will help. I hope your rest day and good eats helped you. You can always get back into it tomorrow if you’re feeling better.

  17. June 28, 2011 6:20 pm

    I’ve overtrained a lot. I’m not proud of it. This happened to me my last year of high school where would have 2+ hours of intense dance practice followed by a lousy dinner and 45 minutes of cardio at the gym. My body hated me, but I kept doing it. Now I workout a decent amount each day, and rest when I feel extremely sore or tired out.

    Kudos to you for staying true to your body 🙂 This rest day won’t throw off your workout routine. In fact, it will make you more motivated and ready to give working out your full effort tomorrow and the days after that.

    AND, that pumpkin mexican scramble looks crazy delicious. I’m kind of drooling.
    – Nicole

  18. sunshinevegan permalink
    June 28, 2011 6:21 pm

    You’re awesome for being so honest and for just completely listening to your body 🙂 I admire you so much for that!
    I never plan my rest days, they usually just kind of pop up whenever I feel I need one. I don’t usually feel guilty cause I know if I’m tired enough for my body to ask for a rest day then I must have been giving my workouts my all.

  19. June 28, 2011 6:37 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather but I totally admire how open and honest you are in all of your posts! I think its great you listened to your body and took a rest day today. We all need a rest day once in a while – I know I do!
    When I started exercising again I too noticed how much more I needed to eat. I’m sure this day of rest was exactly what your body needed! Hope your feeling better tomorrow!
    Keep smiling!

  20. Lilly permalink
    June 28, 2011 6:46 pm

    Way to go! – not on feeling lousy, but for recognizing it. I am so glad you posted about this because sometime I read blogs where the person is trying to be so healthy, not eating “Bad” food, and exercising tons. Sometimes too much is just just too much, even of a good thing. Once a healthy thing becomes too much is can become unhealthy – not that you are of course, just saying that on other blogs I feel this is often the case. It takes a lot to realize whats up/ not feeling right and honor your body. I often catch myself making a workout plan and following is because that was “planned”, but then I realize we cannot plan exactly what our body needs in advance, sometimes its more stretching, more lifting, or more rest- we aren’t machines thank goodness 🙂

  21. June 28, 2011 7:00 pm

    I have similar feelings when I over train and not eat enough! glad you caught it yo. When I take rest days I try not to feel guilty, but its hard. I just keep telling myself that my body needs the rest, and it will thank me in the end 🙂

  22. June 28, 2011 7:04 pm

    Go you!!! I distinctly remember my days of over training and under fueling and how AWFUL it made me feel. If I even feel an inkling of that again, I know I’m not fueling properly!

  23. June 28, 2011 7:17 pm

    I seem to be the queen of overtraining. I have trained for two halfs and 1 marathon and never made it to any of them due to overtraining. Sometimes I just don’t know when to quit and I just want to keep going.
    This week I have been kind of feeling the same way. I ran a 10k on Sunday and yesterday did 55 min of x training and today ran four miles and lifted. I just feel sore, worn out and moody. It is so hard for me to take rest days, I try to give myself at least two a week but sometimes it comes down to just one.
    Remember, your body can only get stronger through rest and recovery. This is something I always have to tell myself.

  24. Sarah permalink
    June 28, 2011 7:19 pm

    Hey, nobody is perfect!(Although I kinda think you are perfect for inventing protein cookie dough balls- I am ADDICTED).
    Exercising is such an individual thing I think- what is too much for some can be fine for others. I struggle BADLY with over training- so I hope you can get yourself out of it- its good that you have recognised the problem and are taking steps to being healthier about your training- you are inspirational! Feeling drained and unwell just sucks.
    I am psyched for your WIAW!

  25. June 28, 2011 7:32 pm

    Amanda, so proud of you for recognizing that you aren’t eating enough and doing something about it. You’ve come so far. Unfortunately, I overtrain often…I try not to, but it happens before I even realize…it’s been years and I’m not immune to feelings of guilt either 😦

  26. June 28, 2011 7:38 pm

    I absolutely applaud you for being able to figure out that this is what’s going on with your body! I think it’s hard (for me anyways) to fathom not eating enough since I eat so frequently, but I definitely am guilty of it sometimes! I find that when I’m “not hungry” some days, it’s because I haven’t eaten enough in the past few days. My metabolism has slowed down and my appetite is nowhere to be seen! I love hunger (weird?) because it is showing me my metabolism is up and running!

    • June 29, 2011 7:33 am

      Exactly! I feel like I eat a good amount already, so being able to grasp the fact that I might need more is tricky. Gotta get over it and do what’s right, though.

  27. June 28, 2011 8:00 pm

    Maybe that’s why. I blogged about how I’ve been severely sick and I haven’t been out of the house for the last 4 days. Today I tried to at least walk…all I could do was 2.0mph for 30 minutes max. Good for you to know when to rest and when to work hard. I think I did a good job listening to my body for the last few days. I just hope I get my energy back asap.

  28. June 28, 2011 8:08 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! A lot of people in the blog world are hesitant to take random rest days, but they are so necessary. It’s really important to listen to your body when it’s screaming for attention, and you are setting a great example here. There are times when you’re body can handle lots of exercise and you feel great, but if you don’t listen to your body when it’s feeling awful then you’re never going to have those weeks where you are full of energy! Thank you so so so much for showing that it’s OKAY and actually quite necessary to rest!!
    I’ve definitely overtrained in the past and wound up injured, and but I used to have a lot of trouble resting. Now I’m like “2 rest days in a week?! SIGN ME UP!” and my performance has not suffered. All of a sudden something clicked and I started to really love the days of rest!

  29. June 28, 2011 8:36 pm

    I am so proud that you were able to recognize this, and actually fix it!

  30. June 28, 2011 9:07 pm

    Good thing you realized what was going on! Good luck feeling better and it sounds like you are on the right track 🙂 I do sometimes take extra rest days if i feel like I need it. And I already take 2 per week usually hehe.

  31. June 28, 2011 9:24 pm

    Think about it this way…you thought you knew how to read. You did it for years! You read tons of “chapter books” and bugged your parents to take you to the library. You were on BOARD! Yet…when you thought that (phonetic font) HORSE DEVOURS (aka hors d’oeuvres) were a type of appetizer served at a party.
    You got the context. You were an excellent reader. But maybe the experience of someone saying “hors d’oeuvres” did not click. It should be spelled ourderves, right?
    Then one day it clicks. You laugh. You learn. You’re better for it.
    NO MISTAKES!! You are simply continuing to explore your bodies amazing clues! A mistake would be not listening and learning from them. And thank goodness you are in a place to respect them!
    No stupid questions, No stupid mistakes?
    You’ll find your balance. That book should help.
    Chocolate milk?

  32. June 28, 2011 9:29 pm

    AMENNNNN girl seriously, you have to eat WAY more than you think when youre lifting weights! and it is going straight to your muscles! you will figure it out.. the more you eat, the more energy you will have, especially w. weights! muscle eats A LOT!

  33. June 28, 2011 9:37 pm

    I’ve experienced those same symptoms from overtraining. When that happens, I throw any “workout plans” to the wind and just do whatever my body feels like it wants to do. If I’m only in the mood to do cardio, then I only do cardio. If I feel like lifting weights, then that’s what I do. Feeling as if I need to stick to a “plan” goes against my belief that we should always listen to our bodies. So yes, I take unplanned rest days sometimes. Although, usually I decide the night before, already knowing that my body won’t have enough “oomph” to do a strenuous workout the next morning. We’re all prone to feelings of guilt at times, but abusing my body makes me feel more guilty than nurturing it when it wants to rest. Good for you for realizing that you needed a rest day today. Exercise should make us stronger, not weaker. That’s what I always say. If you’re feeling weak from the exercise you’re doing, then something is wrong! The whole point is to make ourselves feel strong and healthy…not the opposite!

    • June 29, 2011 9:11 am

      I definitely agree that exercise should make us feel good. There were too many times where I abused it in the past and it just made me feel crappy – I don’t want to go back to that!

  34. June 28, 2011 9:43 pm

    You’re amazing. You are the one person in the whole entire world that inspires me like you do. You rock my socks!!! (I assure you that my socks are rocking.)


  35. June 28, 2011 10:44 pm

    I’m sorry you’re feeling “off”, love. But it really sounds like you know how to take good care of yourself. I think you’re amazing for trusting your body and honoring your needs. I always seem to finish reading your posts feeling inspired. Thank you for sharing ❤

  36. June 28, 2011 10:46 pm

    This is awesome, I really admire the level of control you have over your body. I have probably suffered from overtraining, but have not yet learned the signs that my body would give me when that happens. I’m still really bad with guilt, especially when it comes to rest days. I MAKE SURE to take at least one a week – and enjoy it.

  37. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    June 28, 2011 10:47 pm

    Hi girl, hope you´ll feel better soon! We are human and we make mistakes pretty regulary so no need for the rotten eggplants here! 🙂 I can relate to your symptoms a bit lately – I am waking up at 4 a.m. every morning feeling like I could sleep a nice few hours more but I jast can´t. My apetite is just strange and my mood is jumping up and down… and I can probably “blame” the weight lifting as well. It is really hard to estimate the amount of energy you need when you switch from one type of exercise to another. It is great that you are listening to your body and you realize what´s going on and act according to that. Feeling of guilt come and go, but we have only one health – so let´s enjoy rest days with eating a lot of good food!

    • June 29, 2011 9:16 am

      If you’ve been feeling the same thing, maybe experiment and start taking it easy to see if it helps. If you feel better, you’ll know you have to adjust something 🙂

      • Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
        June 29, 2011 10:42 am

        I know, I had 2 rest days in a row, which is uncommon for me, to let my muscles repair more deeply and today I already feel better. Sometimes a good relaxation hits the right spot 🙂

  38. June 28, 2011 11:03 pm

    wwhoooaah, those symptoms you listed are EXACTLY the things that chinese doctor/acupuncturist i went to yesterday said about me (and i didn’t even realize that about myself) – she said that those symptoms are a sign that my body is fatigued/tired/overworked and points to hormonal irregularities (at least for me) – so she told me to be especially sure to listen to my body – to NOT exercise when i’m tired (she really stressed that over-exercise can be so bad for the body) and to sleep + eat a LOT. so i think you did the right thing. i know it can be uncomfortable and i can (obviously) totally relate, at this EXACT moment – totally uncanny. i would love to chat with you sometime about this! it seems like we might be having similar problems? (and i totally didn’t REALIZE any of this about myself until i went to the chinese doctor yesterday!!!)

  39. June 28, 2011 11:04 pm

    and whoohoo paris tea!!!! =) so glad youre on the paris tea bandwagon

  40. June 28, 2011 11:30 pm

    It’s SO awesome that you took control of the way your body was feeling and took a rest day when you needed it. Just doing that tells me that your super in-tune with your body, and you’ll do exactly what YOU need. 🙂

  41. June 28, 2011 11:33 pm

    Today was an unplanned rest day for me too! I had planned a run but when my alarm went off, my body was begging for more sleep so I rolled with it- clearly yesterday’s strength training exhausted me more than I thought. I am so glad that I listened to my body signals as in the past I would have definitely run and then ended up feeling exhausted!
    I have suffered from overtraining and under-fueling and it’s not a fun place to be! I was exhausted all.the.time. It shouldn’t be like that, exercise is meant to be energizing and rejuvenating, not draining! I don’t even know whether it was intentional but I know that I definitely was eating too little despite ‘feeling’ full! Since I started lifting, my hunger has definitely increased which I now view as a great thing and I just eat- obviously my body is telling me something!

  42. Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go permalink
    June 28, 2011 11:59 pm

    This post helped me realize/accept that I’ve been making A LOT of mistakes here in France where eating is concerned. Haven’t been “exercising” like I do at home, but lots of walking . . . and not enough eating, sort of on purpose sometimes because, when everything else was out of control, the one thing I could control was meals–typical story. France has really set me back in some ways. I was in such a good mindset before I came, but the stress here re-invoked some negative thinking and behaviours, especially after one girl, upon seeing me eat a morning and afternoon snack one day, commented, “I think you are too dependent on food. You must be careful, you know; only 1200 calories a day!” I knew how SILLY this was, but oh, it has messed with my mind like no other. She didn’t know my history, so she couldn’t know that you NEVER say something like that to someone who has suffered from disordered eating. But then again, I am partially to blame, too–I was weak, and I caved. I should have been stronger; I want to be strong again. I’m hoping things will return to normal when I arrive home again next Tuesday . . . or even today. Yes, today. I can start now.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration always. ❤

    • June 29, 2011 9:26 am

      Some people just say the dumbest things. Too dependent on food? Uhm. Because we don’t need to eat to live or anything, right? Don’t let it get to you, hun. I know it’s hard, but you know what’s right, and you know that living on such a measly amount of calories doesn’t lead to a happy or healthy life. Be strong ❤

  43. June 29, 2011 12:23 am

    Im so sorry you havent felt well lately, but so HAPPY that you can actually find what is wrong all by yourself. And that you are doing something about it! And that, even though you might feel a bit of guilt, you care enoungh about your health to do what you really need to : rest and eat!
    I can relate to waking up too early (like4 or 5), and being super tired. Im the same way, and many weeks I only have 3 or 4 hours of sleep every night. I didnt know this could come from undereating/overtraining though. But it does make sence!
    Thank you for your honesty! I wish you the very very best ❤ Hope you feel better soon!

  44. June 29, 2011 3:09 am

    Hope you start feeling 100% again soon! I love your honesty in this post, I have really suffered from similar issues and in fact I’m dealing with them again now – for me its a continued weight loss even though I’m trying to maintain. Its incredibly frustrating as I eat when I’m hungry, listen to my body etc, and generally I feel really good – no signs of over training for example, but I obviously need to eat more and I find that really difficult. Good for you listening to those signals and taking a rest day!

  45. June 29, 2011 4:01 am

    You are so in tune with your body it’s awesome! Glad you listened and took a random rest day. It’s better to catch it early than let it go on for too long and ignore which most of us tend to do. I think it’s really easy to overtrain without realizing it. I know I’m a victim of over-training and under-eating some days (especially lifting days). I’ve been trying to work on listening to my body more.
    Hope you’re feeling better today!

  46. June 29, 2011 4:36 am

    *throws rotten eggplants and walks off in a huff at you not being perfect afterall*

    Hehe joking!! Can I also just say how much I love you too? That is all. You are simply amazing.
    You know, it takes so much courage to actually be honest and admit to readers but more importantly, yourself, that you’re overdoing it when the power of the endorphins from exercise are so strong. It’s crazy how we struggle with rest days once we have started exercising because there was a time when all us bloggers who exercise now, didn’t. And it wasn’t a problem then! Many people are in denial about how much they’re overdoing it and force themselves to keep on going when their bodies are quite clearly screaming out for rest and until they admit to themselves that what they are doing is wrong, they are slowly punishing their bodies and eventually, they will burn out and something bad will happen. I am so amazingly proud of you for resting and listening to your body because I know how hard it is. Not too long ago I was definitely overtraining and I’d force myself to go to the gym even when I was really injured for god’s sake because I couldn’t live with the guilt of not going. I ended up getting so depressed and tired from my overtraining that I knew something had to be done. I started to slowly cut back bit by bit and now I can honestly say, I have no idea how I was doing so much. I feel so much happier now doing less and eating more!

  47. Bronagh permalink
    June 29, 2011 6:05 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks but this is the first time I’ve commented…so hello 🙂 I love your approach to eating/exercise and your foodie photos are just gorgeous… yours is definitely one of my most favourite blogs to read.

    I also just wanted to say how awesome I think this post is! I can really relate to the over-training feeling you describe – it’s something I’ve definitely experienced in the past. I actually still feel like I have a few issues around how much I exercise versus how much I eat (and ofcourse the associated guilt that comes with trying to adjust the balance), but reading blog posts like this is helping me to see that a) I’m not alone in having these issues and b) I can take inspiration from people like you to work on my issues and overcome them once and for all. You’re an inspiration 🙂

  48. June 29, 2011 7:37 am

    You are a truely a great person, Amanda.
    It takes strength to admit to oneself that change is necessary, especially when the changes involved are uncomfortable and challenging.
    I would never think less of you for making “mistakes”, my friend – it is called living.
    Life is a long learning process, also when it comes to finding the balance between excercise and nutrition. You have come a long way, and by doing these changes you took further steps in the right direction. It is from the times we stumble we learn, right?
    This experience made you wiser, and it will also make your body and mind even stronger.

    I am very proud of you for listening to your precious body and to keep comitting to health and life. Too many people are not aware of what their body needs on a daily basis, we can not push our bodies to run around without proper fuel. We treat our bodies right and it will give us so much good in return. Enough food is what enables us to explore the world 🙂

    Take care my friend – never forget how awesome and beautiful you are.

  49. June 29, 2011 7:41 am

    I am in awe of your degree of self-awareness Amanda. For some reason I have a feeling that a LOT of bloggers would ignore the changes they’ve been seeing in their bodies and moods as an excuse to start exercising MORE and eating LESS. It seems as though when a lot of other bloggers complain about feeling tired and anxious, they resort to exercise so that they don’t feel “lazy”. Perhaps the reason that they are feeling tired and anxious, though, is because – well – they resort to exercise so that they don’t feel lazy. It’s a viscous cycle, huh? One that you should be SO THRILLED to be able to say you’re no longer consumed by.


  50. June 29, 2011 7:47 am

    You shouldn’t blame yourself for this. It’s hard to balance everything when you suddenly change something in your lifestyle because your body is sending you mixed signals that can be quite confusing. When I started cycling, at first I refused to accept my huge appetite as something normal but at some point I just stopped fighting it and I’m glad I did because being on the bicycle for at least an hour everyday would be a nightmare without enough fuel. So see what works best for your body and if it wants a rest day, listen to it.

    I never take rest days. Even when I really needed them, I never allowed myself to have them. Now it is fine, but back in the day when I was religiously following the “eat less, exercise more” rule it was hell. I often felt dizzy, had shaking hands and wobbly knees (because my legs didn’t have any energy to keep me in a vertical position, let alone to walk “just a few more kilometers”). It sucked big time. Nobody should ever do this to themselves.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  51. June 29, 2011 8:20 am

    I’m glad you decided to take a rest day!!!! Overtraining actually doesn’t make you stronger cause you’re so tired that you might not be doing your workouts properly. Sorry you’re not feeling so well and it’s great that you’ve noticed symptoms and stopped them before they get worse.

    Love ya gurl!!!!! 🙂 Feel better ASAP!!!! Watching Pretty Little Liars helps. It does!

  52. beckafly permalink
    June 29, 2011 8:37 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling off lately. I was feeling that way myself so I upped what I was eating and changed up a few things and felt a lot better. Great on listening to your body. Sometimes I won’t feel hungry after a workout, but I know from experience, not fueling makes my body sluggish and I get really tired. Sometimes you need those extra rest days 🙂

  53. Naomi permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:06 am

    I hugely admire you for being able to realize what you are doing and admit it to yourself – and do something about it. I’m still working very hard to try and learn to listen to my body, to not over work and under eat, and your blog is absolutely huge motivation for me to remember to treat myself well 🙂 Thank you!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  54. June 29, 2011 10:14 am

    I was overtraining the last few weeks, at first I was REALLY hungry all the time and I worried I was overeating….then I lost my appetite.

    That had me worried. So I cut back on exercise (not food), took some much needed rest and ate more than normal. Last weekend I took a rest weekend and ate chocolate cake and pizza and relaxed, it was a bit uncomfortable for me and I am still taking it easy this week.

    I really appreciate you writing this post, it definitely got me thinking. I need to be kind and listen to my body!

  55. June 29, 2011 11:20 am

    I have had a lot of these feelings when I take an unplanned rest day. A lot of times, I have to take a rest day because of work, or school or something. But even if it is inevitable, it still makes me feel guilty. It is stupid though, because each and every time I take that rest, I feel so much stronger the next day! Seeing you listen to your body and give it rest and nutrition, is truly inspiring 🙂 You’re amazing Amanda ❤

  56. June 29, 2011 12:18 pm

    Go you for working that out and doing something about it!! In the past I have overtrained and underfueled and I just got so used to it that I didn’t notice it wasn’t normal.
    Now, I’m always taking random rest days!! If I wake up in the morning and really feel too tired, I give myself extra time to sleep and I always feel so much better for it!
    Hope you feel alot better sooon!! 😀

  57. June 29, 2011 12:53 pm

    Good for you!! I actually kind of took a mini rest day yesterday, too even though I did Zumba since that’s not nearly as intense as my Tuesday workouts usually are with cardio & weights. But I felt the same way kind of for the same it felt important to give my body a bit of rest. There’s no reason we really have to go hard most days anyway. So if are bodies are talking back to us, we should definitely listen! It’s great you did 🙂 I know how hard taking rest days can be..especially if they’re unplanned!

  58. June 29, 2011 12:58 pm

    Good for honoring your body. I’m currently trying to deal with the opposite problem… coming out of so long a period of overtraining and undereating. Its really weird/uncomfortable/stressful not to feel tired and sore all the time. I don’t like it all. I know it sounds crazy… but I guess its what I’ve been used to for so long, that feeling “normal” feels like I’m overeating and being lazy (even though I haven’t altered my exercise a bit–if anything, I’m putting more effort into my strength training now that I DO have this extra energy!) *sigh* Just another confusing, unpleasant part of recovery, I guess. Hope I can be as smart as you are some day!

  59. June 29, 2011 1:25 pm

    Kuddos for listening to your body! I’m also going trough a period of listening to my body when it comes to excersizing, but I still find it so hard to take rest extra days. Sunday is my permanent rest day, but if I don’t feel like exersizing during the week or just feel plain tired, I take an extra rest day. Weight training definitely increases my appetite! Honouring your hunger and listening to your body is going to benifit you in the long run.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  60. Dana permalink
    June 29, 2011 1:45 pm

    Overtraining while under eating is such a hard thing to recognize because exercise can supress your appitite. So you may think, “well im honoring my hunger and only eating x calories” but in reality you might need much more. I know i’ve fallen into that trap A LOT when im exercising. When im not working out intuitive eating is VERY EASY for me but mix exercise up in there and my body just goes all frickin NUTS on me. I think that it can be helpful to count/be aware of your intake when your working out regardless of “how you feel”. For instance, if you came back for a run and werent hungry or only wanted a small snack I think its good to over ride that and understand that your body NEEDS to be replenished because of how much you just worked out, regardless of how you “feel”…Obviously, easier said then done!

    Oh and 7 days a week is a bit overkill my dear! You should try 5. Really, our bodies NEED to rest and repair 😛

    Dana xoxo

  61. June 29, 2011 1:46 pm

    omg that fluffy pup is soo beautiful!!.. i wish i could hug’

  62. June 29, 2011 2:48 pm

    You rock! I admire you for admitting this, it’s very honest of you.
    I have definitely overtrained / undereaten in the past – I think that’s what I did in Jan this year, and got injured (unintentional). Sometimes it’s hard to eat more when you’re not hungry or don’t FEEL like you need it, but I’m learning to recognise the signs now too. I’ve worked out I have a ‘warning’ sign that I might have undereaten – ifI find myself wanting food, despite being full, or thinking about food when I’m not hungry, I know I probably need a bit more, so I’ll just have a tbsp of PB and some cereal or something before bed 🙂

    I don’t often have unplanned rest days – it’s something I need to work on!

  63. June 29, 2011 3:12 pm

    I think its amazing that you’re able to listen to your body and know intuitively what the right thing for it is 🙂
    The mexican scramble looks awesome too.

  64. June 29, 2011 5:35 pm

    I normally feel the same way when I’m over training! For me, the big signal is sleep. If I don’t sleep well, there is usually something wrong. I normally sleep like a baby 😉

    Just remember to fuel the tank and honor your body.

  65. June 29, 2011 6:29 pm

    The same thing happens to me sometimes!
    I won’t even mean to, but I run so much that I find my body just NEEDS more.
    Unfortunately for me, that usually means a binge is bound to occur.
    But I’ve been trying really hard to make sure that I am getting enough so that I don’t have to resort to that option to get in my calories!!
    Anyway, I love how honest you are.
    Your blog is an inspiration, and I just love you 🙂
    ha, don’t think I’m creepy!
    ❤ Haley

  66. June 29, 2011 8:36 pm

    Oh my gosh! I think that’s been happening with me!! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve felt a bit off. Some mornings I wake up ready to chew my arm off and other mornings, I don’t even want to think about food…then 2-3 hours later STARVATION comes out of nowhere! I’ve also noticed that sometimes after a workout, the thought of food makes me feel queasy. When that happens, I try to just drink a protein shake, but even sometimes that feels like too much on my stomach. I know I’ve upped the amount of cardio I’m doing these days, but I never thought I was overdoing it. I don’t FEEL like I’m overdoing it. I’m just having fun with new forms of exercise. Dude, now you’ve got me thinking!

    I took an unplanned rest day today. I went to bed waaaay too late because I just HAD to get my WIAW post up before crashing and 5am came much quicker than I would have preferred. I thought about hitting the gym for some yoga after work, but I got stuck late at the hospital so I just said what the heck and went home. I don’t usually feel guilty about rest days unless I take more than one in a row…then whenever I get back into my workouts I feel like a slug because I’ve lost so much of my endurance!

  67. July 2, 2011 12:28 pm

    A week ago my body was SO exhausted I ended up having to take a random rest day (which are usually saved for Sundays) and I felt so guilty about it at first. But after realizing that the rest day was what helped me to start feeling better the next couple days the guilt kinda subsided. Sometimes it’s really hard for me to listen to my body especially when I have a set workout schedule. Thanks for your honesty! It makes me feel better about taking extra rest days 🙂

  68. July 30, 2011 7:30 am

    Came across your blog through another and have been obsessed all morning reading! I love your honesty, and feel like we could be friends. It’s weird. I’ve gone through SO many of the same things, my ED, recovery, therapy, gaining perspective, healthy eating, and exercising…it’s amazing to see women who’ve cone through on the other end. I’m truly happy for you because I know how long and hard it is to finally make sense an eating disorder. I know how good I feel now, and I just hope that you feel the same.

    I’m a lover of weight lifting and nothing revs my metabolism more, maybe running, but I just up the protein, and the healthy fats. The more calories you take in while lifting, the more muscle tone. I know this is an older post, I’m sure you’ve figured things out my now, but I had to reply to something! Thanks for the good reading this morning!


  1. WIAW Numero Tres « Beautiful Busy Bee
  2. . WIAW… round eight . « . running with spoons .
  3. Food & Friendship in France « Vegan on the Go-Go
  4. . hunger? is that you? . « . running with spoons .
  5. . looking back and looking ahead . « . running with spoons .
  6. . to gym, or not to gym? . « . running with spoons .
  7. . WIAW… round eight .
  8. . to gym, or not to gym? .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: