Contradiction. Do you ever feel like your brain is contradicting with your body? Or maybe it would be better to say you try to convince yourself that you know better than your body? I know I have definitely thought I was smarter than my body. How dumb.
Think about it, our body is the most amazing computer ever. It knows how to regulate your temperature, tell you when to sleep, when to eat, and it fights off things that try to harm you. Our body starts fighting for us the second we are made. Our body fights for us even when we are not fighting for our body.
I have put my body through the ringer. To name a few things I have done to my body: I have skipped sleep, eaten junk, drank too much, starved myself, binged, over exercised, and told myself I wasn’t worthy of being alive.
How could I have done all these things to my body and expect it to still fight for me? I do not know how my body functions after what I have put it through, but I am grateful. Now, every morning I state how grateful I am for my body and for all it has done and continues to do for me. I know I am lucky to have a healthy body that is capable of doing what I want to do.
Maybe you are like me and can relate to this scenario:
It is 10:52am on a Tuesday morning and you feel hungry for lunch. You tell yourself that you can’t have lunch right now because it isn’t lunch time so you grab a handful of nuts and keep getting work done. You keep trying to work until it is “actually” lunch time at noon. Your work from 11:00 to 12:00 is subpar and the whole time you are thinking about what you are going to have for lunch.
Or this scenario:
You wake up on a Friday morning and you are feeling tired. Your body is asking you to move slowly today and to not push it too hard. You think you know better so you slam a quick breakfast and go on a run. The run feels terrible and your body is asking you to stop for the duration of the run. Your form isn’t great because you are so tired and you step weird and roll your ankle. You keep running anyway because you have this run in your schedule!!! When you get back home you feel sick, your ankle is definitely messed up so you are limping, and you feel even more tired than when you woke up.
Both of these scenarios are examples of things I have pushed myself to think was correct for my body even though my body was telling me otherwise. It sounds silly when I type it out, but in the moment I really did feel like I knew better than my body.
I still work every day at always listening to my body. I have gotten better, but I think it is something I will have to work on for the rest of my life because listening to your body and what it needs is so important.
I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful for my body and want to honor it and all it is asking me to do. This is the least I can do considering all my body does for me.
If you want to practice honoring your body, try for a week to really focus on everything your body is telling you. Eat without distractions and see if you normally eat too much; move your body when your body wants you to move; eat when you are hungry, and do what you want to do. How do you feel when you do what your body wants rather than doing what you think is best for your body?
Imagine what your body can do when you do for it what it is asking!
Stop playing the contradictory game and listen to your body. Your body is a blessing.
Until next time,