I'm struggling today to accept that I need to take a week off from Crossfit. I don't say this to prove how much I exercise or gloat. Rather, I say this because I have never been that excited to work out day in and day out before I met Crossfit. It's what I look forward to (albeit some days with anxiety depending on the WOD of course).
After throwing my lower back out and seeing my chiropractor who just happens to be a personal friend and after listening to my coach at Crossfit Carmel, I am accepting that I need to take at least a week off.
One of the best resources I've come across is from Robb Wolf, who wrote the book The Paleo Solution. He talks about recovery being mandatory and how diet is a necessary part of recovery. As I read articles in The Crossfit Journal, I like when he says, "recovery comes down to: Eat a Zone favorable or other hormonally intelligent diet with predominantly antioxidant rich "Paleo" foods. Sleep 8–10 hrs per day in a completely dark room. Go to bed as early as possible. Laugh. Avoid excessive stress." All great things to focus on in a time of letting my body heal.
As I struggle to accept that I can not work out in a way that I FINALLY love doing, I look to credible folks like Robb Wolf, my chiropractor, and my certified Crossfit coaches, who know what they are talking about.