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Hubs and I haven’t been anywhere since our honeymoon, nearly three years ago.

Those three years have been filled with saving and purchasing a home, and then renovating said home (which will never end, it seems). But when the opportunity arose to spend a week in the Outer Banks, NC, that we could actually afford, we took it.

Hubs needs vacation. I, on the other hand, am content with just “time off”. Hubs, though, needs to escape – needs to go someplace and have adventures. I simply need to not be at work, and have time to read. I’m a pretty simple creature. 🙂

So we’re schedule to head to the Carolinas this weekend. Which was great, until…

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Say what? A hurricane? Earl? Uh, well, okay. Sure.

Beg your pardon? Fiona? Who’s that?

Wait…

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TWO FRIGGIN’ HURRICANES? Seriously?!

Come on Mother Nature!!! What the heck?!

As of right now, we’re still planning on going down….keep nice weather thoughts out there for us! They’re calling for Earl to affect our vacation area late Thursday/early Friday, but if it heads any closer to land we may have to reconsider our trip. We’ll be watching it closely, I guess!

Although, in the wise words of my husband: “If I don’t get this vacation next week, I am going to have a mental breakdown.”

Amen, brother.

See, we’re both suffering from the affects of overtraining. And work stress. And life stress.

We need to get away. Away from the gym, away from the workplace, and away from the schedule that keeps us running from early to late 7 days a week.

In the last two weeks, I’ve had two slight injuries as a result of the gym. I’m no longer seeing gains. I’m having trouble sleeping, and when I do sleep, I still feel exhausted. My resting heart rate has been elevated a bit as well.

Yep. Overtraining. I’m not saying I’m some advanced athlete – I’m saying you get tired and your body gets tired.

No, that doesn’t mean I’ll spend my entire week on vacation sitting on my hiney – but there will be no HIIT, there will be no weight lifting. There will be beach time, there will be hiking and walking and renting bikes to ride. Fun, active things – just not organized fitness.

And I know, from experience, that it’s what I need. With lifting, 1-2 rest days a week (and on my rest days I end up deep-cleaning the house, or standing on my feet cooking all day, or heavy gardening, so is it really rest?) isn’t enough over time. Periodically, I find a rest week is just what the doctor ordered for proper physical AND mental health. I normally find I need it once every 3-4 months, but I usually stubbornly put it off until 6 months (case in point: right now!)

Other overtraining posts from the blogosphere:

Fitnessista aka Gina

SmoothieGirlEatsToo

MizFit

Oh She Glows

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We recently had a wellness day at work – and one of the ‘sessions’ you could attend was on Stress Management. Needless to say, it was the most popular session of the day…even moreso than lunch!

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One of the items we walked away with was a list of Self Imposed Stress items – those things you do yourself (maybe even unconsciously) that make your life more stressful than it needs to be.

So – which are you guilty of? 🙂 I am definitely guilty of the Learn to say NO one…I have a terrible time telling people no!

Self Imposed Stress

Most stressful situations in life are self-created…here are some tips on how to prevent stress in your life.

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning.

2. Prepare for the morning the evening before…set out breakfast, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear (I do this one…huge time saver!)

3. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, and leave yourself reminder notes where you are sure you’ll see them!

4. LAUGH! Almost every distaster has something humorous about it.

5. Make duplicates of all keys. Keep an extra car key in your wallet; hide the house key in a secret place.

6. Practice preventative maintenance. That way, your car, appliances, etc will be less likely to break down at ‘the worst possible moment’.

7. Do one thing at a time. Trying to do two or three things at the same time often serves to prove the old adage that ‘haste makes waste’.

8. Plan ahead. Don’t let the gas tank get below a quarter full; don’t wait until you are down to your last bus token or postage stamp to buy more, etc.

9. Don’t put up with something that doesn’t work right. Ifyour alarm clock, shoe laces, windshield wipers, or whatever are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones!

10. Give yourself time. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to meet dinner reservations, get to appointments, etc.

11. Be prepared to wait. A paperback book can make the wait in a post office line almost pleasant.

12. Always set up contingency plans – just in case. “If we all happen to split up in this crowd, here’s where we’ll all meet…” – That kind of thing.

13. Relax your standards. The world will not come to an end if the grass does not get cut this weekend, if the bedsheets have to get changed on Sunday instead of Saturday, etc.

14. Ask questions. In keeping with this, take a few moments to repeat back directions that someone gives you.

15. Learn to say “NO”. Saying “no” to extra projects, social activities, or other matters you don’t have the time for is simply a matter of self-respect and a belief that everyone needs time to do their own thing.

16. Unplug (or turn off) your phone. If you want to take a long bath, meditate, sleep, or read without interruption, drum up the courage to temporarily disconnect.

17. Say you’re sorry. If you feel badly about something you said or did, tell the person you’re sorry, or send a card. You’ll feel much better.

18. Don’t procrastinate. Instead of tomorrow, do it today. Instead of today, do it now.

19. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Work smarter, not harder.

20. Count your blessings. For everything that goes wrong, there are a myriad of them that don’t.

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I have a stressful week coming up, and I’ve started it with a Sunday night — sleepless. I don’t know why. 😦

That being said, this will be short. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Saturday: Did Power Yoga and walked the pup — per the Summer Shape Up 2010

Sunday: Did Core Yoga because I won’t have time on Wednesday…walked/sprinted the pup (sprinted because we got caught in the rain! ACK!)

Monday: Strength and 20 minutes of cardio….walked the pup

Tuesday: Speed and walk the pup…doing tons of prep for very-stressful-wednesday in the evening

Wednesday: No exercise. Bad meeting schedule at work (things are actually OVERLAPPING this day), and have to run home from work in the p.m., walk the dog, throw my pre-packed snacks in my bag, and head to a baseball game with friends (the tix include beer and wings…and i hate wings. so i’m taking food!)

Thursday: Another stressful schedule day, plus a hair appointment at 4:30 and an insanely-late strength training + cardio session. I’m hoping hubs can walk the pup and make dinner this night. We’ll see.

Friday: Speed day but probably won’t have time…will walk the pup instead and then head to baseball AGAIN (free tix!) with hubs and father in law after work

Saturday: Run all my errands in the a.m., decide on something easy to make for the pool party and make it, then head to pool party at 3pm for the rest of the day/evening

Sunday: In-laws coming over for seafood feast — try to fit in my Power Yoga for last week.

Monday: Finally get to enjoy some me time. I’m really hoping to do notadamnthing this day. Gym’s closed, and I may just take the day off totally.

Anyway, that’s how things are shaping up…we had a wellness day at work today so I have some things I want to post…but they’ll be intermittent! 🙂

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