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Respect and awareness


This morning I woke up aching. DOMS had set in. The cramps that I had last night had gotten worse. I felt stiff but I still packed my gym bag. I felt like I was making excuses. Almost as though this new found love was a wave that was going to crash any minute.

Throughout the day I kept noticing different parts of me aching. The soreness near my tailbone from over stretching last week. My triceps. My calfs and hamstrings. My thighs. Oh Lord, my thighs. I decided not to do any Core work at lunchtime hoping that I would feel a little better. Whilst eating my lunch I realised that it was likely that I would not be going to the gym in the evening. I did not feel disappointed as I realised that I owed my body respect. If it was aching then I needed to allow it to rest. Yes, I would love to exercise for 2 hours everyday but I’m not yet at the stage to do that. If this is to be a lifestyle change then my actions don’t need to be crazy and hurricane like. My colleague said to me that I need to listen to my body. So I listened which is not something that I usually do. When I felt like eating sweetcorn for lunch this morning I went out and bought some. I was in pain so I rested. I noticed how it felt to rest my legs on chair. The simple action of elevating my legs felt wonderful.

I came home after work. I eat my salad and watched a few programmes. The old me would have hit the gym and then I would not have gone for a week because I would not have been able to move. I am trying to be consistent. It’s not motivation and will power that I need more of. It’s love and respect for myself. To love myself enough to know that when I’m hurt that I need to rest and to respect that decision instead of pooh-poohing myself and saying ‘Get on with it!’

I didn’t take any photos for my food diary like I said I would because I kept forgetting. There’s always tomorrow, right?

I’ll list the foods that I’ve eaten here today. I have two small breakfasts because I way cup early:

  1. Flaxseed meal porridge with peanut butter
  2. Gluten free cornflakes with soya milk and a few almonds
  3. Apple
  4. Nakd Cocoa Orange Raw Bar
  5. Salad with steamed salmon, sweetorn, avocado and hummus
  6. 10 almonds
  7. Dried pears, raisins, dark chocolate covered apricots
  8. Salad with baked salmon, olives and hummus.

How was your workout today? Do you have any tips for leg cramps?