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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?
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    I tend to ignore my body plenty and her into a world of regret after. You make really great points. I will try to listen better
    1236 days ago
    My body is ALWAYS telling me things I don't want to hear . . . Drat it all anyway!!! However, the last conversation I had with it got my attention and I'm trying to treat it better.
    1242 days ago
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    It's also good to have protein after a workout
    1247 days ago
    I've had this conversation with my body several times. I need to listen to it more.
    1247 days ago
    You do need to listen to your body.
    1247 days ago
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