When what I should have done is to listen to my body and taken care of myself....EARLY and before it blows into a real / major problem.
So when my back first started hurting....I got my first jolts of pain...but I did not listen...I just kept pushing through my workout. Then after that it was a flurry of activity to get ready for camping. So here I have a small pain in my back and I'm lifting heavy boxes, bending, twisting and doing everything I should not have been doing. Then the whole week, I'm lifting and toting my grand babies everywhere....ALL GOOD THINGS....BUT WHAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IS TAKING CARE OF MYSELF AND RESTING!!
The neglect of myself has turn into almost 2 months of pain and physical therapy. And a big fat delay in my fitness program.
Right now I don't think it was worth it. A couple days and maybe even a week of rest most likely would have helped me a ton!! I know what I did do, pushing through or more like bull heading my way through, did not help me!
So I'm learning to listen to my body.
I'm even starting to think about the following.....
- Got a headache ~ Take an aspirin
- Got a cut - Put on a band aid
- Sore tooth ~ Go to the dentist
- Need a hair cut & color ~ Get it done!
- Need clothes & shoes ~ go shopping!
- Hungry? ~ Eat something
- Full? ~ Stop eating!
I need to keep asking myself "Do you have a need? If so, do something to take care of it". Looks like I need to listen to more than just my body. I need to learn, if I have a need.....I can and should take care of it right away. No more putting myself on the back burner. I'm important and deserve to be taken care of!
How about you do you listen to your needs? Do you do something about them?
Next up discipline & attitude!