I have a challenging few days ahead! It's my friend's engagement party this afternoon followed by a religious festival which means I'll be staying at my boyfriend's parents' flat from tonight til Tues eve. I've been worrying about how to keep fitting in my strength exercises not to mention sticking to alcohol resolutions at this afternoon's party and politely turning down cake etc over the next few days.
Then last night my bf noticed a bruise on my lower back. I'd just done a mega session of doing squats to make up my amount for the day (107!). I was trying to think whether I'd knocked my back while carrying my bike, or what else could have caused it. It's a symmetrical bruise, one on each side of my tailbone, in the same place as I often get back pain anyway. The possibility of having got this bruise from exercise felt quite serious - I'm worried it's to do with doing the squats, not to mention the terrifying 'abs' exercises I've been trying to do on the NHS site. Like a burst capillary or something! Hope it goes soon!
So, I'm now welcoming the next few days as an opportunity to actually take a break from squats etc.. Hopefully the bruise will go quickly. If so, I'll resume them from Wed onwards, but at a much lower level, e.g. 40/50. I'll also reassess what other strength exercises I'm doing, so that I'm putting less strain on my back (maybe take a break from 'planks' for a bit!)
This means I'm taking a complete break from exercise for the next 3 days, starting from today. To motivate myself to keep an eye on my food intake for the next few days, I've decided to do a before and after weigh-in. So I've weighed myself now, at 10st6, 2lb down from last week, and 1lb under my goal weight - woohoo! I'll also weigh myself on Wednesday, to see how I get on during these three challenging days. Feeling extremely brave right now, as I don't normally do this sort of thing, really focussing on eating healthily alone, with no exercising at all. But I know lots of people on here do it, and if I make sensible healthy decisions, it should be completely achievable.