Thursday, January 24, 2013
Self Care Day
Its 8:30 am and I am wrapped in a blanket by the fireplace blogging. I am not at the gym, shocking I know!
Its COLD OUT, like really cold out. Its been COLD AS A WITCHES TIT all week. Its left me feeling like reaching for copious amounts of carbs, warm blankets, my husband's wool socks (much to his delight), and today like hibernating. I woke up this morning with zero desire to go workout, my cold has moved to my lungs and I am wheezing and did I mention how horribly cold it is? Just the thought of the walk from the car to the gym makes me cringe. I am dressed in my workout clothes, I had good intentions when I got dressed this am. But as I loaded the kids off to school I decided that today was a great day to make a "Self Care"day. (even week)
I ran the Disney Marathon almost 2 weeks ago. I have never taken a proper rest after a marathon. The first one in May I worked out everyday for a week after trying to prove to myself how hardcore I was. After the Toronto Marathon in October I immediately began working on changing my stride and doing speed work to run Rattle Me Bones two weeks later and PR at 48:28. Then I launched into training for Disney. All though I toned down my workouts the week after Disney (only ran twice). I was still really active on vacation and this week have done enough that it has hurt to get on and off the potty for 3 days straight. I took it easy yesterday and today I am staying home from the gym this am to rest and work on my course. Later today I am treating myself to a Yoga Ball Deep Tissue Massage Class. I start a new training program soon and until then I really plan on taking it easy and letting my body recover properly so I can go hard for May.
Along with the self care, I am really trying this week to listen to my body's hunger cues. Trying to eat when hungry, stop when full. I am eating to meet my physical needs but also my emotional needs. I am looking at food in a new light this week. One where it also serves an emotional need. Not a binge eat all things because I am numbing myself of my emotions. But recognizing that a bowl of oatmeal with choc chips, or a plate of sushi is going to comfort me and warm me right now. As long as I have eaten the other things I need for my physical needs, and I eat when hungry and stop when full. I am honoring my body.
Stay warm my friends, and take care :)