Life Is Busy + Easter Recipes

Hello!

I’ve missed my regular posting schedule over the past couple of weeks, but life is simply too busy right now with everything I have going on. I keep reminding myself that it’s all fun stuff and that this little old blog of mine will be right here and waiting for me once things calm down a bit. Thanks for understanding!

Here’s what’s on tap for the next week or so:

–Tim’s birthday is today!! The old man is 29. We’ll be heading out for a nice dinner and drinks tonight. I was away in Minnesota and Chicago last week, and he was away in Missouri and Minnesota this week, so I am really looking forward to having a quality night together tonight and catching up. This morning before his flight home, I sent him a little homemade e-card that I put together with PicMonkey. I listed three restaurant descriptions and asked him to choose one for tonight. Can’t wait to see where we end up! Tomorrow we’ll be doing more birthday related activities and seeing his parents and sister at night.

Me & Tim Black & White

–Sunday is Easter. Orthodox Easter falls on the same day as Catholic Easter this year, which means no Easter candy sales for my dad and his favorite joke. We’ll be heading down to see my dad’s side of the family in New Bedford, and per usual, we’ll be having our Easter egg cracking tournament.

 

Easter Egg Bracketology 5

–Monday is Marathon Monday and a big day for Boston after last year’s tragedy. Tim and I will be meeting up with our friends Ashley and Brett for brunch, and we are planning to watch the marathon from the Cleveland Circle area. It’s going to be such an emotionally charged day, and I just cannot wait to be surrounded by all the very reasons that I love this day in the city.

Marathon Monday

–Tuesday morning I will be participating in a fitness focus group at Reebok headquarters through Fitfluential. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this, and I’m excited. Reebok is right next door to one of my company’s locations, so it works out well. The shopping part is pretty awesome too.

reebok bags

–Then the rest of next week will be completely focused on getting ready for Slesh’s bridal shower! I can’t believe the weekend is finally here. This week I spent a couple of nights shopping for an outfit and for other things (can’t give away any surprises), and next week I’ll be putting together the logistics of everything. I can’t wait for my best friend’s special day!

Me & Slesh Birthday

Phew!

Please tell me I’m not the only one with an absolutely crazy spring?

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I’ll leave you guys with some recipe ideas for this weekend.

For dessert, try:

For appetizers, try:

For a side dish, try:

For brunch, try:

Just in case you’re scrambling for Sunday. :)

Enjoy!

A Weekend Getaway With Perfect Vermont

A couple of weekends ago, Tim and I headed north for a little unplugged weekend getaway.

Perfect Vermont: Car Ride

We were invited for a complimentary overnight with some other healthy living and travel bloggers through a new company called Perfect Vermont. Perfect Vermont is located in Pittsfield, VT (near Killington) and owned by a young couple, Tom and Erlin. Tom and Erlin are seriously two of the most down to earth, nicest people I’ve ever met, and they run pretty much the coolest business ever: hosting wellness retreats on local farm property.

Perfect Vermont: Welcome

Tom and Erlin had a warm welcome ready and waiting for us upon arrival. There was a basket of local Vermont goodies, a sign welcoming all the bloggers with a hashtag to use throughout the weekend (#PerfectVT if you want to check out some of the other bloggers’ pictures), and healthy snacks to enjoy during the welcome social.

Perfect Vermont: Warm Welcome

When staying with Perfect Vermont, you can choose to stay at any of the Riverside Farm accommodations. All of the bloggers and guests stayed at the Amee Farm Lodge together. Amee Farm is a quaint, restored farmhouse with 15 guest bedrooms and plenty of common areas.

Perfect Vermont: The Amee Farm Lodge

Perfect Vermont: Amee Farm Lodge

Tim and I weren’t sure what to expect since neither of us have stayed at a bed and breakfast before, but our room was spotless upon arrival. We liked the wood furnishings, brightness, and the comfy mattress.

Perfect Vermont: Bedroom

 

We were room #1 (Hannah), and we were pleased with how spacious yet cozy our room felt.

Perfect Vermont: Bedroom

Even our bathroom was really cool. Check out this shower!

Perfect Vermont: Bathroom

One of my favorite features of the lodge was the large, wrap-around porch with Adirondack chairs. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend too much time out there because the weather wasn’t so cooperative, but I bet it’s so fun to hang out on during the nicer seasons.

Perfect Vermont: Porch at Amee Lodge

After settling in and chatting with all of our new friends during the welcome social, the group headed out for a tour of the Riverside Farm properties. Riverside Farm is actually a wedding venue spread out among a ton of land and three different barns (brown, white, and red). The owners, Joe and Courtney, wanted to expand their property to be used for more than just wedding events, which is kind of how Perfect Vermont came to be. Here are some pretty pictures from our tour and the different venues/accommodations that are used for not only weddings now, but wellness programming during the retreats, corporate events, and more.

Riverside Farm: Red Barn

Perfect Vermon: Riverside Farm

Perfect Vermont: Riverside Farm

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Perfect Vermont: White Barn

Perfect Vermont Red Brown White Barns

Perfect Vermont: Riverside Farm Tour

Perfect Vermont: Riverside Inn

I even snapped some pictures of the horse paraphernalia for Julia:

Riverside Farm Horses

After the tour, everyone headed back to Amee Lodge to freshen up before dinner. When we got downstairs, we saw that Tom and Erlin set up two big tables and decorated with pretty lights for the night.

Perfect Vermont: Dinner at Amee Farm Lodge

A local musician named Dave Clark was playing live music throughout dinner, and one of the bloggers joined him on his trumpet. Pretty cool.

Perfect Vermont: Live Music

Dinner was provided by Vermont Farms Catering, and everything was absolutely wonderful. The menu was right up my alley, except for dessert (not because it tasted bad, but because I’m just not a grapefruit fan. I ate around it.). The risotto was to die for!

Perfect Vermont: Dinner Menu with Vermont Farms Catering

Perfect Vermont Dinner

Tim and I spent some time chatting with Kevin, the chef, and his event director and partner, Katie. They told us they work with local farmers for fresh ingredients, which was obvious when eating. They also told us that they are working on starting up some local culinary classes to offer as part of the wellness retreat itinerary, which I think would be an excellent addition to the weekend activities.

Perfect Vermont: Dinner

The rest of the night was great, and other local folks from the town stopped in to join us. That’s the kind of place Pittsfield is – everyone knows each other, and it’s like a small family. There are really only a couple of streets in the town, with the General Store being one of the main attractions, you know? It’s just a completely different way of life, and I loved every second of it that weekend. We chatted the most with two guys named Dennis and Miguel, who are sponsored athletes living in Pittsfield while training for the elite Spartan races. I learned that Pittsfield is actually the home of the Spartan races, which I didn’t realize before. I’m sure you guys can imagine how much I enjoyed hearing their stories of their grueling workouts (climbing buckets of rocks up the mountains, running through the ice rivers, you get the idea). It was just so wonderful getting to meet and mingle with so many different and interesting people, and it didn’t hurt that the wine was flowing the entire time.

Tim and I headed up to our room around 10:30 since we had an early wake up call. We were one of the first guests to get up, and when we headed into the main rooms around 8am, we were greeted with a spread of breakfast and coffee. I made myself a bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit and enjoyed a delicious blueberry muffin too. Tim and I hung out in the cozy living room and watched the rain fall outside until everyone woke up. We were laughing about how our vanilla yogurt tasted like such a splurge compared to our usual non-fat plain. Too funny.

Perfect Vermont Breakfast

The morning’s activity was either a yoga class taught by Erlin or a guided snowshoe hike led by Tom. I originally was going to shoot for the snowshoe because I have never tried snowshoeing before, but I really didn’t have appropriate footwear for the slushy conditions outside. And let’s be honest, yoga in the dry comfort of the lodge sounded a lot more appealing first thing in the morning. The class was an Ashtanga style flow, which I enjoyed. I could definitely tell I haven’t taken a yoga class in a while, as I was tight in places I used to not be so tight in. However, I could feel a visible difference in my upper body strength during poses like crow and plank holds. Heavier lifting for the win. Yoga was the perfect way to start the day.

Perfect Vermont Yoga

Tim decided to venture out on the snowshoe though. He and Tom trekked about a mile and a half through the slushy trails. He said it was awesome, and Tom said Tim was a good sport. In the nicer weather, I’m sure these trails are beautiful for hiking and snowshoeing in better snow conditions.

Perfect Vermont Snowshoe

After yoga and snowshoeing, we headed across the street to Sweet Georgia P’s, a local organic farm.

Perfect Vermont: Sweet Georgia P's

Perfect Vermont: Sweet Georgia P's

We met the owners, Rebecca and Joe, who used to be from the Boston area and then moved north to start their farm business. I learned that they have a community supported agriculture program and actually ship to both New York and Boston too for any F&F readers that might be interested. Rebecca and Joe showed us all around their farm and explained a lot of their farming process to us.

Perfect Vermont: Sweet Georgia P's

I wish the weather had been nicer so we could have seen more! At the end of the tour, we trekked through a lot of mud to see their goats.

 

Perfect Vermont: Goats

Finally, we wrapped up our weekend with lunch at the General Store. After hearing so many great things about the hub of Pittsfield, we just had to go. I ordered a turkey wrap and a smoothie to enjoy on the ride home.

Perfect Vermont: General Store

Perfect Vermont: General Store Smoothie

After the stress of my taking my wellness coaching exam that week, this weekend getaway was exactly what I needed. I left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from being in the fresh mountain air. I felt content and in my element after being surrounded with like-minded people all weekend. Everyone had such an interesting background, and I loved hearing everyone’s stories. Tim and I got to spend some quality time together not worrying about anything. I am really grateful that I was selected to be a part of this beautiful weekend and retreat space. I would absolutely love to organize a retreat for folks at my company or interested F&F readers someday.

Thank you to everyone in Pittsfield, VT for this experience!

Let’s chat–
Have you ever heard of Perfect Vermont? Would you want to go on a wellness retreat? What part of my weekend looks like the most fun to you? When’s the last time you had a weekend away to relax and unplug from the daily grind?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a complimentary overnight stay with Perfect Vermont, including two meals and activities, in exchange for writing this review. As always, all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links within this post.

My First Blog Tour

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. After a busy week of work travel in Minnesota last week and a super fun awesome time in Chicago with Jen and Ashley this weekend, I’m back to the grind and playing catch up in many areas of my life.

Before I get too far into recapping the fun things I’ve been up to lately, I wanted to share something a little different on F&F today.

My First Blog Tour

One of my favorite Boston-based bloggers, Steph from I Train Therefore I Eat, recently invited me to participate in a “blog tour.” It’s kind of like a chain letter for bloggers, and since I truly enjoy spreading the love for other bloggers, of course I told Steph I would take part. I also thought it would be kind of fun and something different to write about!

Before I get into what the blog tour entails, you guys totally need to check out Steph’s blog if you haven’t already. I often share her posts in my Friday Favorites because I pretty much love everything she writes about. Steph is an athletic trainer who is very honest in her writing, lifts heavy weights, and focuses on positive body image and health and not weight loss or being skinny. I met her in person last fall at a blogger event at Barry’s Bootcamp, and we have plans to meet up for margaritas in a few weeks with our other blog friend, Caroline. I’m excited!

Barry's Bootcamp

Back to the blog tour. Basically the premise is that I answer a set of questions about my writing process and then introduce you to three bloggers who will keep the blog tour going next week. From there they will do the same thing, introduce you to another three folks, and so forth. I always like reading about how other people approach blogging and writing, so I hope you enjoy this too!

1. What am I working on?

This is a hard question to answer right now because I’m scaling back on blogging a bit over the next two months to focus on things like my best friends’ weddings and wedding related activities, Tim’s birthday, and some things at work that I simply don’t have enough hours in my regular work day to get done. That said, now I am just focusing on writing my regular blog posts. However, I do have a thousand different ideas and lists of things to do once my schedule frees up a bit. One thing I’m working on that’s not so much content related is improving the design and layout of my blog. I’m working with a graphic designer who is creating a graphic for me, and I’m in the research phase of exploring options for the rest of it. I really just need to pay someone to “fix” my blog, but not quite sure how to start. If anyone has any recommendations or ideas for how to begin, I’m all ears!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Differentiating my little space of the “healthy living” blogosphere from the thousands of others out there is something that is really difficult to do because “everyone” posts workouts and healthy recipes, you know? I like to make sure that my posts aren’t play by play recaps of every second of my life (because I’d have ZERO readers that way), and I try to balance my regular series (Sunday Sweat Talk, Friday Favorites, Journey to Fit, etc.) with content that keeps people guessing about what I’m going to write about next. I like to think that my approach toward healthy living sets me apart from some bloggers out there, since I do not focus on deprivation, weight loss, calorie counting, or how to be “skinny.” I like to keep things realistic and provide some insight to how I do what I do without coming across as preachy. I also feel very passionately about people putting in hard work and effort to reach their goals, so I hope that comes across in my content.

I guess this could go hand in hand with number one with something I’m working on, but I’m really trying to decide if I should narrow the focus of F&F a bit more. I don’t exactly know how to truly define my niche! And I should be able to, right?

Healthy Living Blogs

3. Why do I write what I do?

I honestly just love it. In a recent post, I shared the reasons for starting this blog, but it’s something I truly enjoy doing. Some people will tell me that they don’t know how I have time to blog, but in the same time they are watching TV, I’m just blogging instead. It’s a creative outlet for me, it’s a great way to discover fitness related products and companies in the area, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people both virtually and face to face. I write about healthy living because it’s my passion. I believe that fitness is not about a certain look, but it’s about a feeling. It’s about that high from crossing a finish line. It’s about the strength felt after deadlifting more than you could the week before. It’s about trying new things, taking pride in caring for your body, and feeling accomplished after reaching a goal, no matter how big or small. I consider a day successful even if only one person has made a change for the better because of something that I said or wrote.

4. How does my writing process work?

There’s a lot of planning involved, that’s for sure. I have a calendar that I keep on my desk at home that has a schedule of when I’m going to post certain content because I want to make sure each week has a variety. For example, I don’t like posting too many product reviews or sponsored stuff back to back or too many recipe posts in one week. Aside from that, I have a ongoing list of blog topic ideas that I want to make sure I remember for future use. I should say I have multiple lists because inspiration comes to me at the most random times. I have a little notebook I carry around or sometimes I’ll email myself so I don’t forget my ideas. I do pre-schedule a lot of posts ahead of time – not sure I’d be able to do it without that functionality!

So who’s up next?

Sarah from Fit University
Sarah is a twenty year student in Boston, and I love reading her blog because I always wish I had realized my passion for fitness sooner! She has an awesome outlook on life, an inspirational transformation story, and she is competing in her first fitness competition in just a few weeks. Plus I think her blog name and page are creative and unique. I recently met Sarah in person at a networking event in Boston, and you may remember her cabbage quinoa fajitas recipe featured on my Reader Recipes series last month.

Alaina from Jogging Concierge
Alaina is another Boston-based blogger who I met last year at a blogger event at City Sports. I enjoy reading Alaina’s adventures in running, and I especially admire her commitment to run “30 Races in 2014″ in honor of her 30th birthday a few weeks ago. Alaina also writes about her travels and experiences at Boston restaurants. These posts are always entertaining and a good source of inspiration for day trips or date night ideas.

Maybe you?
A couple of the other bloggers I reached out to responded that life was a little too hectic to participate this week (totally get it), and I didn’t have a chance to follow-up with others during my travel week last week (because my life is also hectic). That said, if you would like to continue the tour next week, let me know, and I’ll add a little blurb about you into the post! This was fun!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little change-up on F&F today, and please go check out the different blogs featured in this post. I’m back to playing catch up now. Have a great night, you guys!

F&F Friday Favorites ~ 4.11.14

Hello, hello! One more staff training stands between me and reuniting with my friends Jen and Ashley in Chicago. I am so excited I can’t even stand it. I wish I could capture my excitement as well as Jen did.

Last night I actually had some me time during my work travel week, and I spent it catching up on blog reading so I’d have some Friday Favorites for you guys today.

Friday Favorites

Have you missed any F&F posts this week?

Ultimate Bootcamp Marathon Fundraiser

For my Boston peeps: If you are around this weekend, Ultimate Bootcamp is hosting two fundraiser workouts in Boston and Framingham to support running the 2014 Boston Marathon and those affected by last year’s events. All of the proceeds from these workouts will be donated to The One Fund. The workouts, designed for beginner to intermediate fitness levels, will be a rewarding day of fun and heart-pumping outdoor bootcamp. For more information or to register, click here. If I wasn’t going to be gallivanting around Chicago in just a few short hours, I would be there!

Link Love

Fitness

Foodie Stuff

Worksite Wellness & Blogging

Life & Inspiration

That’s all for today! Feel free to show some link love of your own in the comments. Happy weekend, everyone!

Wellness at Work: National Walking Day 2014

Last week was National Walking Day, and around 500 staff members at my company laced up their walking shoes to take steps toward a healthier work place. Last year the wellness program that I run was in its VERY early stages, so we were only able to post one little Intranet article on the benefits of walking. However, if you check out last year’s F&F post, I said “maybe next year we’ll be able to have a company wide event.” And this year we did it! Staff from nine different buildings, including Atlanta and Minnesota and even our overnight staff, joined the American Heart Association in challenging ourselves and our nation to get heart healthy and fit.

Here are some pictures of the different walks throughout the day:

National Walking Day Framingham

National Walking Day LB

National Walking Day: Indoor WalkNational Walk Day AtlantaNational Walking Day EBH

Each walk was just one mile in length, but since we wanted to make sure there would be an option for everyone, staff could choose whether to take part in a leisure walk, an intermediate walk, or a speed walk. The point wasn’t to note how fast or slow anyone went, but just to encourage people to get out there and move, regardless of fitness level. For the sedentary and/or deconditioned, getting up and just walking and moving more is the way to go to make small, manageable changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

National Walking Day Norwood Westwood

National Walking Day SCNational Walking Day Mn

National Walking Day SCNational Walking Day Canton

My day was made when a staff member sent me this email after she participated in one of the scheduled walks:

I want to thank you, and all of the rest of the Wellness Works team, for putting this event together. It was a rough start to the day, and my stress level increased throughout the morning. Taking 30 minutes away from it all to get outside and get moving has reinvigorated me! I feel like I can tackle the rest of what my day has in store with a new attitude and more energy. All too often, the pressures of the day keep me from thinking about taking a break. A company wide initiative like this motivates me to try to make a mid-day walk a regular part of my schedule. Thank you for the encouragement and motivation.

When all is said and done, THAT is why I love working in the wellness industry.

–Let’s chat–
Did you celebrate National Walking Day this year? Did your company do anything to honor the day? Do you make a point to take walking breaks during the day? What will you do to move more today?

For more posts on wellness at work:

Fifteen Minute Timed Circuit Workouts

Morning!

This week is a travel week for me. Today I’m en route to Minnesota, where I’ll be doing trainings and having wellness meetings with my company’s Minnesota based staff until Friday. Where are my Minnesota readers? I hope you’ll comment today with restaurant recommendations around the Eden Prairie and Minnetonka area. I’m especially excited for this work trip because at the end of it, I’ll be flying to Chicago to meet up with my friend Jen, my friend from the Y who moved to Calgary a couple of years ago. My friend Ashley (also from the Y but still Boston-based) is also flying to meet us, so I am psyched for a girls weekend in a new city. Chicago based readers, please also leave comments today! Where do we need to go? What do we need to see?

Anyways, I wanted to post a workout today since I haven’t posted one in a while, and Mondays are always a good day to try new workouts, right? These are two different fifteen minute timed circuits that I taught in one of my Thursday morning classes a couple of weeks ago. The one I said left me the kind of sweaty I feel after doing hot yoga.

Here’s one:

15 minute timed circuit #1

Here’s the other:

15 minute timed circuit #2

Ways you can try these workouts on your own:

–If short on time, do just one of the circuits and save the other for a different day. You’ll still get a good workout in only fifteen minutes out of your day.

–Do the moves in one circuit, rest, and then do the moves in the second. That will still only take about 30 minutes (a little more if you include a proper warmup, rest, and cooldown) out of your day.

–Do the moves in one circuit, then add some cardio bursts such as jumping jacks, burpees, mountain climbers, step work, etc. in between before moving to the second circuit.

–Instructors, I will often use this format in my classes: 5-10 minute warm-up > 15 minute timed strength circuit > Tabata or 5 minute cardio blast > 15 minute timed strength circuit > Tabata or 5 minute cardio blast > one glute or ab finisher on the floor > stretch. It works to the hour class every single time. Sometimes I’ll take out the second cardio blast to do extra abs or glutes, depending on my mood.

–If you don’t like these moves, pick your favorites and plug them into this same type of format. Just be careful not to overdo it on the same muscle groups, since this ends up being a higher rep workout.

As always, if there are any questions about what these moves are, email me at fitnessandfeta@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post. I have a feeling I’ll be busting out some timed circuits this week while on the road… no excuses!

–Let’s chat–
Do you do timed circuit workouts? What do you like/dislike about them? Do you have any go to moves that you like to use with timed circuits?

P.S. The winner of my Just Add Cooking giveaway is commenter Amy. Congrats! Please email me at fitnessandfeta@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Sunday Sweat Talk {Deload Weeks}

Good morning! It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had a Sunday Sweat Talk.

Sunday Sweat Talk

Let’s talk about…

Deload weeks

The past week has definitely been an off week for me, in both my workouts and in my day-to-day. After my test the week before and my weekend away in Vermont, I was already feeling generally “behind” in things like cleaning the house, bills, getting some things done for the weddings I’m in this summer, and keeping up with this blog. I’m getting better at going with the flow for that kind of stuff, but this week other life things just got in the way. I overslept on Monday, which threw off my entire day and workout plan. On Wednesday night, I was in the emergency room with a family member until 4am (everything is okay), so I did not teach my Thursday morning class. I also called out sick from work and cancelled plans I had to meet up with Steph and Caroline for dinner that night. I honestly just felt exhausted to the max, and only yesterday did I finally feel a little more rested.

Because life just sometimes gets in the way, my workouts were a little less frequent and less intense last week, especially toward the end:

Sunday
Morning yoga class with Perfect Vermont

Perfect Vermont: Yoga Class

Monday
20 minute walking incline treadmill workout + lifting for upper body

Tuesday
Took Liz’s kickboxing class, and taught a lower body and abs focused class in my class

Wednesday
Rest

Thursday
2 mile very light run

Outdoor Run

Friday
Rest

Saturday
Rest

I feel like a past Athena would have harped on this, but to be honest, I welcomed the extra rest days this week. I simply did not have enough energy to give it my all at the gym, which sometimes is more frustrating to me than skipping workouts all together. I know that this kind of week is an exception, not the norm, and I’ll be just fine once things calm down a bit.

This week was certainly not planned, but adding deliberate deload weeks or days into my training plan is something I actually want to start paying more attention to as an essential part of progressing more with some of my heavier lifts. Deload weeks don’t necessarily need to be a full week, but they do involve deliberate and planned time off from training, time that lasts more than just one or two days. It’s time taken to honor your body because you know that you’ve worked hard and your body it needs to recover, repair, and grow stronger.

Some people might think that deload weeks are a waste of time or an excuse to be lazy and not go to the gym. However, there is a lot of scientific research out there that speaks to their benefits, breaking out of fitness plateaus being just one of them. For a couple of articles on the benefits of deload weeks, check out this post on Tony Gentilcore’s site and this post by Mark Sisson. <—both great resources.

If you are not following a training plan that already has deload weeks built into it, here are some signs you should look for that indicate you may need to scale back a little:

  • Plateauing or getting weaker — when you cease to see progress and your lifts are suffering, decreased performance
  • Excessive soreness — sore joints, certain parts of the body consistently “nagging” at you, delayed recovery time
  • Disinterest in exercise — not getting enjoyment in an activity you usually really like doing
  • Physical indications — lack of energy (like me this week!), mood changes, fatigue, etc.

So what are some ways you can deload? You don’t have to stop completely and throw yourself into complete rest or a sedentary lifestyle for the week. Yes, some days should be complete rest, but on the other days you can try  “unloading” as opposed to “deloading” by decreasing your weights, sets, and reps. Work on joint mobility. Stretch. Throw in some active recovery workouts such as walking or light jogging or rowing. Do yoga. Foam roll.

Foam Roll

Oh, and one more thing. Taking a deload week is NOT going to make you “fat” or cause you to lose all your progress. So get that out of your head right now. Stick with your nutrition, get back into the swing of things the following week (as long as your body isn’t telling you otherwise), and you’ll be just fine.

Readers, time to chat. Do you consider deload weeks an essential part of your training plan? Do you take more time than just one rest day to allow your body proper recovery? What are your favorite ways to actively recover? What are some ways you allow yourself to just go with the flow when life gets in the way?

For more Sunday Sweat Talk topics: