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Check in on exercise streak

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Since I had not been meeting my exercise goals over the past month, I decided to make a new goal: 10 minutes of exercise every day. I have just completed day 4 and already I am learning so much about myself and my habits.

1. I need more sleep! Two days out of four, I have felt exhausted prior to exercising and then fallen asleep right after. I am getting about at least 7 hours of rest each night, but I need more.

2. I tend to over-do it. I will plan 30 minutes of exercise, and do 60 minutes. I am in an all-or-nothing mindset. I want to get in the habit of doing something every day without doing too much.

3. I need to eat more during the day. I find that I am not making time to eat between 9 am and 3 pm. By the time I get home or to the gym I am starving! Then, I exercise and I am still hungry. I need to rearrange my priorities at work to ensure that I give myself the time to eat every day. Without this I am setting myself up for failure.

What these observations have in common is that they show me I am not listening to my body! I am not listening to its needs or its wants. I am asking my body to show up for work, go to the gym, cook, clean, look beautiful and I am not feeding it enough, not giving it enough rest and not respecting my limits. Phew! No wonder I have been in no place to exercise. I need to refocus on my self-care and on listening to my body. This lesson, it seems, I learn over and over again. So, here's another time the lesson is arising: LISTEN TO MY BODY!

I think I'm getting the message.
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    What great observations. you can do it.
    1854 days ago
    Yep that one thing I learned Pay Attenation!!!! ( when bad day like very little sleep or horrible ringing in my ears , balance way offf-- take it slow )
    I do some excerise ( walking just enough to make muscles happy maybe 1 block sorry can't do 15 blocks legs become jelly --shaky.

    Also some things I do relieve stress is like writing or play some music and read books. Mini organizing from to time.
    I adjust my plans accordingly which stinks sometimes however I will recover faster when I pay attenation.
    There was a time I pushed too much when I was younger nope don't want to be super sick again .. Been there done that.
    Glad to hear that you are starting to be "aware" of your body telling you Time Out!!!!! Im just starting to be aware also. emoticon
    1855 days ago
    I LOVE your blog!!! What you have learned SO much applies to me!! I have MS and I have learned the SAME thing that you shared.Thanks so much for reminding me. emoticon emoticon Love, Chelsea
    1856 days ago
    Nice should be shared with many! Great ideas. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    Good you are getting on track!
    1857 days ago
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