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.