Train, Eat, REST!!! Repeat

The most important part of living fit is resting! Just allow yourself the time to chill out, relax, and just REST. You earned it.
For some of us, like me, this is actually the hard part as we crave an endorphin rush, the bumping music in our headphones, the sweat pouring into puddles around us, and the thrill of a new challenge completed.

 This was me a little over a month ago. I was making some good progress until  I overworked my body by training hours a day and weekends for 2 weeks. I went from invincible to sick when I caught a low grade flu and stayed out of the gym for 2 weeks. Two weeks is a long time of not training, but I plan on having a healthy body for life so I took the time to recover, rest, and eat. Thankfully, I still ate clean and got back in the saddle--or tried to. On my first day back, I could only do 20 minutes of cardio before being completely winded and totally gassed out. I tried again the next day for another 20 minutes---still totally gassed out and lightheaded and wondering if I'd ever be back to my double spin class self. I'm glad to say I kept going back for more AND took a few rest days. Now am fully recovered and back at it!! Here's me now. <    >My baby biceps have not grown much and I still have a long way to go before I have my summer six pack, but I'm back at a good starting point. I guess the second most important part of fitness is diet. :)