The state of the union: recovery, weight loss and loose skin

There’s only one thing that you need to know: I’m tired! I feel like I finally hit the limit of doing too much and not getting enough rest.  Yesterday, “Dr. Dawn” told me to take a break and she’s right.

Recovery is important but it’s not something I’m good at.  I like to be moving and doing something.  When I’m not moving, I don’t feel like myself. There’s probably some psychological thing I’ve also programmed in my mind about not being active too that comes into to play but that’s buried in the back ends of my mind.

All I know is, all the training and running and teaching and working out along with the busy daily life things including the time change has left me exhausted.  It’s been a long 8 months that has led me to this point but every minute was worth it but now it’s time to take a break. But there comes a time when I must listen to my body and right now it’s talking to me.

This is why I don’t recommend anyone working out 7 days a week. When does you body get a chance to recover?

At the beginning of the week, I was miffed at Willie because he asked me not to do a race this weekend.  He’s the only one who can ask/tell me not to run so when he says that I listen.  I may not like it but when he says it I will do it!  Now, I’m thanking him because I’m just too run down to even think about it.  All running with have to be on the streets this weekend and I don’t mind it.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions in my e-mail and I thought I would answer two of the biggest questions in my state of the union post.

1. Can you please tell me exactly what to do to lose weight? Simple answer: no.  I can’t do that.  Many people have written me talking about their medical problems and their need to lose weight.  I’m not a professional and even if I was, I would have to access you before lending you any advice.  Here on the blog, I’m not really telling you how to lose weight, I’m just going through the things I do on a daily basis.  If you’re trying to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is consult a physician to find the ways that will work for you and keep you healthy!


2. What are you doing about the loose skin? I’m really amazed people are that worried about having loose skin. My question to all you asking is: would you rather be overweight or have loose skin from losing the weight? Yes, I have loose skin. I lost 200 pounds, it’s be expected. The loose skin doesn’t bother me. Yes it’s nuisance sometimes, but I would rather deal with that than not be active or worried about it. The truth: some of it toned up. My arms still have some lose skin (I really only notice it at rest or relaxation) but for the most part my muscles shine through.

I’ve put the picture in above because you can see it here! People sometimes think we’re lying about our weight loss because we don’t have loose skin…but there it is in all of it’s glory. Arms and legs! There ya go!

Willie has a lot of loose skin and as time goes on, I realize he might have to get it cut off because I see it hampering him in the future. Loose skin is to be expected when you go through weight loss, but it’s really not THAT big of deal. We look at it as our battle scars and move forward. Nothing special!

So those are the two biggest questions I get in my e-mail. I hope people actually read this post.

I’m looking forward to weekend of relaxation because a lot of weird things have happened this week. Hopefully, I’ll get a new phone today after my NEW phone (15 days old) hit the fritz! That’s why I haven’t done much posting on social media lately!

How many rest days do you have a week? What is your favorite thing to do to relax?