Listening to Your Body
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Boy, did I learn a big lesson today.
So I'm bad about listening to my body. I exercise with stretched out muscles (bad), eat junk food when I have healthy food in the fridge (bad), and just generally don't pay attention. I have IBS, so I need to learn to listen to my body more, but my IBS is all over the place so I am never really sure how to eat. One day a food will be fine, then next it won't. But I keep trying to listen.
Today I had a big wake-up while exercising. I've been exercising faithfully, whether I'm injured or not, for about 3 months. Some days it's 30 minutes. Other days it's two hours. I'm just trying to be regular about my exercise. But I digress. Today I had a healthy breakfast at noon (it took me a while to get to the kitchen this morning), and then at 3 I decided to go exercise. Because I'm vegan right now (for religious reasons), I didn't really have any protein with breakfast, but protein is what I need to eat to function. I decided to go to the gym anyway and then I would eat a late lunch when I came home. But about 25 minutes into my treadmill routine, I was suddenly ravenous. I drank water. I thought about it. I decided to end my routine at 30 minutes, with a 5 minute cool down, then head home. The first thing I did on getting home was eating. Clearly, I needed to eat before I exercised so I would have enough energy to exercise. That was a big wake-up call to me. From now on, I'm going to focus on listening to my body more, particularly when it comes to exercise. No more exercising when injured, no more going to the gym without a little snack beforehand.
I guess all of us beginners have to learn at some point, right?