Today I wanted to post about two important topics that deal more with the mental aspect of fitness!
Do you all remember my running schedule I posted a while ago? Turns out my body isn’t quite there yet- which leads me to my first topic: listening to your body.
It’s important to listen to your body, whether it be an illness or an injury. I fell in my drive way a month ago and I think I tore something! I iced and stretched like a good little girl, but it’s still bothering me! So, I decided to modify my running schedule. I also just got new shoes, so I need to break them in! It’s important to make compromises with your body and your schedule. Listening to your body is smart. It makes the difference between running for a few years and running for the rest of your life. Hopefully stretching, more ice and new shoes help the healing process!
Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but… I am a horrible stress eater. When I was a child (okay… and through high school), I suffered from pretty bad anxiety. I don’t really know why, I guess I just worry a lot about the world and everything in it. Any who, I would eat all day and all night. Anything I could get my hands on- I know, not a pretty sight. As I started to explore the fitness world and learn to listen to my body, I begin pinpointing my triggers:
- I would eat while watching TV. Such a bad idea. If you don’t pay attention to what your eating and how much, you’ll stuff a whole pizza before realizing it.
- I would eat when I was nervous or upset. Yes, I did think that food would give me a comforting “full feeling”. Nope, it just filled out my pants haha
- I would eat before sleeping. No no no! Eat 2-3 hours before sleeping. Laying horizontal makes digestion harder since gravity isn’t helping.
Since finding out my flaws of emotional eating I have figured out several methods to help deter myself from binge eating:
- Drink water before thinking about a snack
- Brush your teeth after dinner so you won’t be as tempted to eat
- Sit down and realize what is stressing you out
- Go work out!!!
Life happens and so does eating 10 homemade cookies… oops. But don’t punish yourself. Accept that you did it and move on- you’re only human. Dieting should be: 80% hard work and 20% indulgence. It makes treats that much more rewarding and really makes you think about what you’ll choose.
Since my new running schedule, I ran today, yoga tomorrow, run 5 miles Sunday, cardio Monday. I can post the edited running schedule next time.
Hope everyone is staying warm!
PS- looking for new workout music! I’m into anything with a good beat, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!