Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Listening to My Body

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and I realized that I don't listen to my body very well. Sometimes my body is screaming at me to do or not do something and I just don't listen. The only goal I'm giving myself for July is to listen to my body. It will tell me what I need or don't need if I just listen.

I've decided to not count calories for a while. I realized the other day that I was eating just because I had calories left over and not eating because I was hungry. In order to have a healthy relationship with food, I need to step away from the numbers for a bit and learn how to listen to what my body is telling me it needs. I suspect that I'll go back to counting calories eventually but for right now, I need to focus on listening to my body. The only "rule" I'm giving myself is that I can eat when I'm hungry but I must eat slowly and enjoy my food and stop when I'm full.

The last few times I've been running, my knees and joints hurt like crazy. It's not a soreness in my muscles, it's an ache in my joints. As much as I love to run, my body is telling me it needs a break from running. For the rest of this week...no running for me. I can go for a walk at lunch instead of a run, but no running!! I will have to be strict with myself about this. Next Monday I can start running again. Once I started thinking about it, I've been putting in 25 or more miles a week running and I haven't taken longer than 3 days off from running in months. My joints just need a bit of a break.

Today's Plan:
Activity: Walk (don't run) at lunch
Breakfast: English muffin with cinnamon raisin PB, pineapple, banana, 12 oz skim milk with 1 Tbsp low sugar chocolate syrup
Snack: 1/2 mango, 1/2 peach, berries
Lunch: Kashi crackers, Greek yogurt, Salad with honey mustard dressing, beans, hard boiled egg, spinach, red peppers, carrots, tomatoes, and cukes
Dinner: Chicken pesto pizza, Salad

4 comments:

totegirl said...

All good things. Getting in tune with our body is the best thing we can do for ourselves!

Fatinah said...

hope your joints feel better soon.

please be sure to let us know how listening to your body goes re: being full. I haven't figured that one out yet and I'm always impressed when people can do that!!

Jen said...

Sounds like you and your body had a good heart to heart!!! It all sounds fantastic and I really hope that it is EXACTLY what you need to help feel better!!!

Re: work (your post yesterday) I am sorry to hear that things haven't gotten much better...thank goodness for vacations right???

Sara said...

Listening to your body is the best thing for you!! Totally agree!

I think what you need is some crosstraining - your new bike, maybe some swimming!