Hi guys! Hope your Monday is off to a great start! I’m trying to resist the urge to drink all the coffee right now. I’m trying to decrease my caffeine intake and see how it affects my migraines! So far I’ve made it one whole day without it. 😅
Anyways! Let’s talk fitness.
In my opinion, fitness doesn’t just include physical health, although that’s a huge part of it. I believe mental health plays an important role in one’s overall fitness. If your mind is struggling, chances are your physical fitness will as well – whether it’s being too obsessed with exercise or lacking the motivation to start exercising at all.
That being said, I want to share what I have been struggling with personally lately! This blog isn’t just about my favorite clothes, it helps keep me accountable too 🙂
Sometime the last couple months, I have done something to my back. And it HURTS. All the time. Of course this happens to me right when I start feeling better from my foot surgery and working out regularly again! Because #badluckbeth. Anyways, I had just started to see the fruits of my gym labor (aka abs!) when suddenly I could hardly go for a simple walk because of my back pain. I struggled and struggled with having to rest. I hate resting because I feel like it means I’m not getting closer to my goals. The phrase “if you’re not winning, you’re losing” comes to mind.
What I’ve learned, however, recently is that I have to listen to what my body is telling me. That back pain is there for a reason. Our bodies are very smart and since we only get one, why NOT listen to it?! I’m so glad I listened to mine and took the last several weeks (more like two months, at this point lol) to rest and recover. I’m currently working with some physical therapists to get my back figured out, and what we’ve learned so far is that my back is only at 50% strength of what it should be. Like, I’m at the bottom of the lowest deviation from normal LOL what?! No wonder my back is screaming at me everyday!!
So now, between my physical therapists and my fitness coach, we are going to get my back stronger than ever so that I don’t have to deal with this anymore.
The moral of my story – if you’re still reading this congrats you rock – is that if we don’t listen to our bodies NOW, they will end up suffering more LATER. So listen to what your body is telling you. Love your body through that process, whether you lose a little muscle mass or gain an extra pound or two, because your body is worth it.
I’ve still been able to get some light cardio in on most days, and it’s been great being able to incorporate my family into that! I’m doing a summer body challenge with my Firepower fam and it’s been challenging dealing with my back, but I’ve loved the motivation it gives me.
My yoga pants and sports bra here are both Firepower, and you can get a discount HERE with my code “reasoner”!! I love the mesh detail on them, and the material of the pants is amaze. So comfy.
Hope you have a lovely Monday! Thanks for reading!