For example, when I got back from a yearlong deployment, I kept hitting the gym five times a week, but was feeling increasingly tired and rundown. But instead of listening, I pressed in with more fervor.
More passion = results!
Apparently not, because my body entirely halted on me. Despite due diligence at Lifetime Fitness, there was no weight loss and there was no lean muscle building…my body just refused to budge.
Truthfully, I was kind of embarrassed by the fact that all I wanted to do was sleep. I was worn out by just the thought of being active. But those subtle messages were not an excuse to be lazy, but rather, it was my body telling me that it needed to rest!
So for while, I have been letting my adrenals recover, my hormones rebalance, and my energy levels recalibrate. And after a good time of renewal, my body is telling me it needs something else.
It’s time for me to stop and listen.
Listening to myself has kind of turned into an art form simply because I have a strong tendency to overshadow everything with what I presume I need.
Do a detox! Train for a race! Cut sugar!
All of those are good things, but is that what I really need to do in this season? Am I doing things just for the sake of doing something? So, I quiet my mind and really tune in.
The result is actually kind of interesting. My body knows that the winter is almost over, so it is craving sunlight, all things green, and fresh air. My season of recovery is drawing down. It is time to prepare myself to greet spring with better nutrition and better exercise.
That may or may not include a detox…to be determined!
For the most part, I think we get locked into the busyness of our lives and forget that we are beings who experience patterns and rhythms in our body. For the most part our work stress stays the same and our lives are perpetually intense and we assume that our bodies will sustain us in the same way that it always has.
But it won’t. So we have to stop and listen.
Unless you body is telling you to eat a cupcake, in which case, it’s probably better to ignore it…*wink*