Listening to our bodies
I am a go go go kinda woman. I have been for as long as I can remember. If I signed up for a 6am spin class, even if I was out until 3am the night before, nothing was keeping me off that bike that next morning. If I RSVPed, I always attended. I showed up, I executed, and rarely listened to my body.
While that may have worked for me in my 20's, and even early 30s, now at 38 I realize that I just can not do that anymore. Lets me honest, with two kids, I am hardly ever staying up past 10pm. In fact, I have very good sleep hygiene as they call it. I aim for at least 30 minutes of screen free down time before hitting the sack, I do not drink caffeine after 12pm, and I almost always finish dinner at least 3 hours before getting into bed.
Even with good habits in place, my body still lets me down at times. As I am discovering recently, some hormonal changes are really preventing me from getting that good quality sleep that I aim for every night. At least for the week before my period, I am waking up in the middle of the night, and just exhausted the next morning.
The old me would have pushed myself through the HIIT class and kept plowing through my to-do list all day until the kids come home. However, just as a car will ultimately stall without gas, so does my body. This week, sleep deprivation at its peak, I listened to my body and went for a walk instead of burning through a HIIT class. I took a nap instead of doing just one more thing on my to do list. The results I saw-LESS bloating and inflammation. I actually felt leaner!!
Letting go is not something that comes easy to most of us. At the same time, holding on to things that do not serve us are just blocks in the road to our goals.
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