My body needs a break

Not sure why, but my body needs a bit of a break.


While I have been happy (psychologically) to work out, my body is sending me some minor signals that it needs to rest.


If I look at the past couple weeks, I have done my usual : gone to aqua gym, run, done my Jillian Michaels DVD, lifted some weights… At the same time I have been tired, which is not like me. I have been having a hard time waking up before 7 (even though I am sleeping soundly), my kidneys are sore, my knee hurt, and my muscles were fatigued. This is NOT me.

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The gym

The gym


Time at the pool

Time at the pool




















Similarly, my digestive system is kind of out of whack. I have been very very bloated.


I am sure there is some relation with my state of stress.

  • I have said before that I love my job, my company and the people I work with. But the French economy really sucks and every single day is an uphill battle to satisfy clients, find smarter and less expensive solutions and manage change.
  • My daughter has some big tests at school and she has been sick
  • My kitchen still is not finished (we added some more cabinets and it is missing the doors)
  • etc.

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I think this is all just taking a bit of a toll. However, I do not want to complain because all of this is very minor in the bigger scheme of things. So I am just taking it in stride and being kind to myself.


I strongly feel we have to listen to our bodies, take a break if needed, respect it, and I am sure the energy levels and motivation to exercise will come back in a bit. We have two long weekends coming up, a perfect time to catch up on my rest, get back into healthy eating, and generally reenergize.

I will be back to myself in no time !

Its Saturday morning here and I am looking forward to the weekend. We have a family event this evening and its mother’s day tomorrow.



Have a great weekend !

Do you ever get into a rut ? How does your body tell you it needs some rest ? What have you got planned this weekend ?


Comments: 2

  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

    OMG this is me the past few weeks–both body aches and the digestive issue! This week I decided to ease back on the working out. You know how much I love Jillian, but I think I let her influence me too much because I incorporate a lot of quick & high intensity workouts in my week because I want to be efficient. I don’t think my body can handle this much, so I’ve focused on moderate intensity and even low intensity. That, combined with eating a larger variety of foods, warming most of my foods (if I have a salad I’ll take it out of the fridge about a half hour before eating), slowing down my eating and keeping portions in check has seriously helped me. I noticed a big change later this week, mostly in digestion. The foot is still bothering me, but staying off of it has helped.
    Though it’s frustrating, try and see it as an opportunity to change things up and really tune in to what your body needs, which it sounds like you’ve done. Feeling better now?

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Still have not gotten back into my groove, so I am just going with it and it will pass eventually… I have been exercising less intensively and just trying to get outside for a walk / run but not pushing myself. Too tired. I think I need some kind of new objective or event to look forward to. I am a goal oriented person…. going to try to find a race or two to sign up for this summer.

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