One of the things that has also had to take a back seat is my regular workout time. It has been difficult to fit in my normal routine lately and I’m trying not to let it drive me crazy. I know we all have different seasons in our lives, and if you have children you know that some seasons are all too short. We will miss the busy, crazy, jam packed days later and wonder how we fit it all in! I am trying to process these days and moments and then gear up to rush to the next. It is all so much fun, but having events every night until past 10 p.m. (my bedtime!) makes the 6 a.m. wake up call a big fat drag!
Sometimes I think our bodies tell us “enough” and we have to listen. Oftentimes I hear my body screaming “enough” and I ignore it and push through, thinking that even a small amount of exercise, even if half hearted, is better than none. Sometimes I think that is true, but other times I think not. So, the other morning I got up and felt like I had been run over by a Mack truck. I had scheduled a morning class and thought it might be good for me. Make me jumpstart my day. I hang my head and admit that I never made it to the class. I decided to think like an adult and do the smart thing. Rest. Would one day off undo all my progress? Surely not. Make me less stronger? Hopefully not. Make me any less tired? Not this time. I took the time to organize, re-group and finish some other things that have been on the back burner. I think it was the smart choice. Sometimes our bodies definitely try to tell us things. We just need to be smart enough to listen.
Yesterday there was just no time in the day to fit anything in for myself, and it was okay. We are all going to have those days when life gets in the way. That’s the thing about life . . . it happens!
Today, I’m still operating in a fog, but got through a really hard class. I think it was hard and the absence of my normal “perky” self made it even harder! I’m glad I went today and listened to myself in a different way and pushed myself when it would have been easier to take another day off. I knew that there was another packed day and it was this slot of time or nothing. Today I knew it would work, whereas the other day I knew it would not.
Now, off to another full day. But, look at this, I sat down long enough to write about it! I hope you know it’s okay to take a day, rest, listen to your body. Tomorrow will be there and you will be ready. Learning when to push your body and when to listen is good for all of us.
What do you do when you feel like you’ve been run over by a Mack truck? Do you push through? Have you learned to listen to your body?