Thoughts on...listening to your body.
Hello friends! Happy Tuesday - I hope you had a wonderful and rejuvenating long weekend! We traveled to Burlington, Vermont for my husband's third marathon and had an absolutely amazing time -- I love the vibe in Burlington. We'll actually be back later this month, and I'm really excited to stay at a local Bed & Breakfast, go to more breweries, and try some new restaurants! Here are some pics from the weekend (the veggie burger, and sandwich were SO GOOD - I would highly recommend both Juniper and The Farmhouse restaurants).
After our busy weekend, I've been reflecting on how important it is to listen to your body, even when that means going completely against your normal routine. We ALL have definitely heard this sentiment before, but this past month really put it into perspective for me on what it means to TRULY listen and not just "power through."
You guys know that for about the past month and a half, I've had a gnarly sinus infection that just wouldn't go away - I ultimately ended up taking a full week off from blogging because I just didn't have it in me. I don't normally get sick like this - and MAN do I now have so much sympathy for anyone who struggles with chronic sinus infections! I truly can't imagine. I ended up being on three different rounds of antibiotics (definitely a post for another day, but I do think that there is a time and place for antibiotics -- I gave it an awesome try with natural remedies for three weeks, but ultimately had to throw in the towel). I pushed through my days at work only to come home and nap for a couple of hours (literally UNHEARD of for me), didn't have energy to spend time with friends/family, had to cancel a LOT of plans, and overall had MAJOR FOMO and felt like I was letting people down.
All this to say, the past month and a half has absolutely NOT been within my "normal" healthy routine. I didn't have the energy to spend cooking/cleaning/blogging/podcasting/being active and that was hard for me to accept at first. I didn't work out...like at all. And to be honest - I can't remember the last time I've taken nearly two months off of formal workouts.
The old me would have been SERIOUSLY stressing about deviating from my normal "wellness" routine, but this time I made a conscious effort to listen to my body and give myself grace, especially when I felt frustration. Take this past week. While I definitely feel better, I tuned into how I was feeling, and I accepted that I still feel pretty darn worn out from the past couple months. MEANING - I didn't push it. I've been going for walks when I would have used to force myself to run. I've been eating whatever I've been craving (exhibit A - awesome veggie burger and turkey sandwich above), when I would have used to make sure I was eating SUPER healthy because I wasn't working out. To me, this has been a huge sign of growth. I finally feel like I'm in a place where I can (for the most part) really listen to my body and what it's ready for. And to be honest, at this point, I'd much rather dedicate my energy to the fun trips I have coming up this summer, rather than making sure I get my workout in. I can't tell you how amazing this feels!
The other interesting thing is that I've found that I really do (seriously) miss my workouts. That's my time to meditate, zone out, and dedicate some time to myself before the day gets crazy. And let's be honest - I still have those voices that are saying "you should be doing more!" But the rewarding thing is that I feel a lot better tuning into my body and accepting how I'm feeling that day. And that, my friends, is a win.
Do you guys ever struggle with listening to your body? I'd love to hear your thoughts.