It's called balance, friends!
On the way to the gym on Sunday, I stopped to get a banana chocolate chip muffin. Normally, I would not consider the gym a success unless I ate well that day and finished off with a great workout. In a former life, I would never ever go off course like that, especially on the way to a workout for the day.
I had been craving this muffin the whole morning and decided to ignore it in the name of health and fitness. After going through the entire day and still craving it, I decided that it would be my treat after all. I chuckled at myself with regard to this idea because I realized how far I had come. I try to always stay focused and not move away from my "schedule" of eating or working out.
However, as I'm getting older, I realize how ridiculous it can be to have no room for movement and to have such rigidity when it comes to listening to my own body. I usually take care of myself - eating well, working out, and paying attention to how my body responds. What I usually don't do is give into my cravings and/or listen to my body when it needs rest. I push myself or I should say I used to push myself really hard and harshly.
At this point, I've been injured enough, burnt out enough, and hungry enough to know that my body knows best and I should listen to it. If you're like me, please take note. Listen to what your body craves, wants, and needs. I am not saying that there are not times when you need to practice discipline and say NO to a cupcake (or 5 cupcakes) and yes to a workout you don't want to do. What I am saying is that there will be times when you need both - a workout and a sugary treat to satisfy your body and soul.
I enjoyed the muffin and then I moved on. I did not beat myself up or lament my choice. I hope that you get to a place where food or a treadmill or whatever it is does not hold you hostage. I am happy to say that I'm working on it for myself and I see progress. I wish you the same progress on your journey.
Now, tell me, what is your indulgence? I would love to hear about it.
Until next time, take good care of yourselves, friends,