I definitely am not in the shape I was in when I was competitive figure skating as a child and teen… Nor am I in the shape I was in during college (when I hardly worked out, and ate like a horse!) Nor, again, am I the “fit” I maintained while competitive dancing…
But at 38 (and a half!), I feel really thankful, and incredibly healthy. My muscle tone fluctuates, and I don’t necessarily look the way I did when I was training full-bore (“cut” is generally softer these days)…but my schedule and training load has also changed, and doing too much is more of a bad idea than a good one.
I woke up this morning feeling under the weather – not “sick” per se, but like I’ve done too much and need a break. (This happens more frequently in my 30’s than it did in the past.) I skipped my cardio, went to physical therapy, and I’m going easy. Part of me plays that “I’m being lazy”game – the holidays are coming up and I won’t be able to necessarily get in as much exercise as I’d like to. But sometimes that’s what we need most – REST.
My nutrition stays clean all year round – I stick to the foods that make me feel good, not only what keeps weight off. Protein and veggies always help me feel full, and keep me from going haywire when I’m craving something less healthy. High quality foods also help balance the days that I am not as “peak” and can’t do as hard a workout (if one at all.)
I also try to get in some cardio, or lifting when I can – it isn’t as frequent as it once was, and (as with today) I sometimes have to take the day off…and NOT beat myself up about it. It is easy to forget that when we make healthy living a priority (it is a “lifestyle,” after all) there is room for taking the breaks we need.
So do what you can, and allow yourself a little room for when your body is saying “hello!? I’d like a day off…or a few, please?!”
You are perfect the way you are – a little fluctuation is not only normal, but healthy AND okay. ❤