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The Non-Workout Workout Plan.


So, week one of my deload week is done. My plan was to stay away from intense exercise, but fit in yoga, foam rolling, and walks when I could. And the result?

I did absolutely no planned exercise. All week.

A year or two ago, that would have sent me into a crazy, anxious mess. I’d be freaking out that any muscle I gained over the last few months would have wasted away and been instantly converted to fat within the last week. Combined with the extra food and desserts that go along with Christmas, I would have been positive I would have been absolutely screwed (and up about 10 pounds).

So happy that that’s not the case anymore. None of that anxiety happened and I really enjoyed this week! I wouldn’t exactly call it relaxing (because of a lot of running around/holiday stuff) but not having to worry about when I was going to shove in exercise took a lot of the pressure off.

So basically – take a week off once in a while. Your body and your mind will appreciate it!

I’m going to be taking an easy week this week (my original plan – yoga, walks, foam rolling, maybe an exercise video or two) and then I’ll be starting Carrie’s Slim and Sculpt Elite. I bought the plan late last week and it looks great! Definitely excited.

And as for after I’m done this plan? Well…

Tough Mudder

Devon and I are trying to round up a team to enter a Tough Mudder! The one we’re looking at is May 11th and 12th, taking place in Coldwater (about 2 hours from Toronto). We’re going for certified blogger/badass status. 🙂

Seriously, I’m so, so excited about this plan. A mud run has been on my to-do list for a while now, and if you’re going to do it, you might as well go big, right?

From what I understand, the best part of a Tough Mudder is the sense of teamwork and accomplishment that you get when completing it with a group of people. So again, Devon and I would love to pull a team together! Please let one of us know if you’re interested in joining us!


The nice thing about being home all day is I can put a little bit of effort into making a good lunch, rather than my usual “heat something up and throw it on a plate” approach.


I put together a Mexican-style stuffed baked sweet potato. Black beans, turkey, my mom’s homemade salsa and sour cream. A simple green salad on the side – amazing!

The afternoon was spent relaxing, reading, and watching TV. I’ve been making my way through the first season of American Horror Story and I’m really enjoying it! I love anything creepy/supernatural-y.


For dinner, I made Tina’s Italian tortellini soup.


My second time making this recipe and I still absolutely adore it. Such a hearty and filling soup – perfect for winter.



I hope you all have a great New Years Eve! I think Eric and I will just be taking it easy tonight…movies and wine sounds nice to me right now. I think there’s an event/countdown going on downtown, so I may convince him to walk down with me. The trouble with not having cable = no official countdown at home.

Whether you’re going big for the night or taking it easy, have a good one!

<— Ever done a Tough Mudder? Would you?

<— How often do you take off-weeks from exercise? I think I’m going to aim for a few times a year. It does the body good!


26 thoughts on “The Non-Workout Workout Plan.

  1. I could completely relate to this post, Sam! Even just a few months ago, not working out regularly would make me feel so anxious…even more so when eating out/more than usual was involved! Between travelling and my gym now being shut for renovation, I have taken a more laid back approach to working out and I LOVE it! Whether I am doing high intense workouts or not, taking the pressure off has made me enjoy it so much more and it’s so nice to see that exercise is no longer the be all end all for me anymore.

    Have a great NYE!

  2. I’m so proud of you for doing this. It’s definitely not easy. I’m going to try and do it this spring after track ends. It’s going to be difficult but if you can do it, so can I. Happy New year 🙂

  3. I’ve never taken a full week off lol not even on vacation but I would do a little bit of cardio or something. Its prob A very good idea for your body I’ll have to try it. I’ve never done a tough mudder but it looks fun!

  4. A mud run sounds awesome! I’ve definitely wanted to do one myself because I love the idea of exercising and having fun. Looking forward to see you recap about it! Also, I haven’t worked out very much this past week and I like that you aren’t stressing over it. There’s really no need to because we know we’ll be right back in the swing of things after the crazy holidays! Hope you have a great New Years Eve! Maybe you can find a NYE countdown online? 🙂

  5. Love this, Sam! And I couldn’t agree with you more about the benefits of taking time off. Back in the day when I was exercise obsessed, I’d pretty much work out 7 days a week because the thought of sitting around caused me way too much anxiety. These days I don’t really do any formal workouts at all – I just try to stay active – and I have to say that living this way has done me nothing but good. So yeah… rest is definitely good stuff 😀

  6. Ahhh I’m dying to run a Tough Mudder! Absolutely dying to. I ran in the Warrior Dash this past spring and loved the mud run soooo much. The Tough Mudder has been a goal of mine ever since! I’m probably gonna do the New England one, working on getting a team together 🙂

  7. why oh why can’t i live closer to you. i have been dying to do a tough mudder but can’t find people to do it with. argggggg I hope we can support each other with our new workout and meal plan endeavors, I know you are going to rock it

  8. I love the idea of taking a week off of exercise. I pretty much took 3.5 months off when I studied abroad, which terrified me at first, but I was also walking a TON everywhere. I am thinking 6 months into the year (my birthday week), I am going to take a full week of exercise in honor of myself and enjoy the week without any obligation.

  9. I’m so glad you took a week off from exercise and were able to enjoy it! I do that every so often too (the last time was November) and it’s always so nice to give my body a break!

    Devon emailed me about joining you guys for the Tough Mudder and I’m definitely interested! I just have to wait a month or two to see where my knee is at before I say “yes” for sure. Also I hope I can build up my running fitness again in time!

  10. WOW, the Tough Mudder! My boyfriend ran one and loved it. 🙂 Good luck!!

  11. I wish Pittsburgh was closer to Toronto because I would totally do this with you! I really want to do one, too, and think it would be awesome to do it with you two 🙂 I love that your week off went so well, hun! Seriously, that’s amazing to me and is also something I’m going to try more than once in 2013…just have to figure out when around some half marathons I’m already signed up for haha. I think I can do it at least 2-3 times, though…my goal for now…maybe more if I find that I like it 😉

  12. So glad to hear you enjoyed taking the week off 🙂 It is nice to give our bodies a break. I basically took the week off due to weather but it has felt really nice!

  13. Glad to see that your headspace is aligning with your planned off time. Can’t wait to see all the kinds of awesome you’ll get up to once your new plan starts!! 😀

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