So since I've been on this journey to a healthier me, I've been noticing changes that are very much welcomed. Last year, had I had a bad day, I'd snack and eat throughout the day. Yes, I'm an emotional eater and I know I'm upset with myself after it happens. However, a year ago, I would have sulked and been all "poor me...why can't I just stop snacking..." and let it affect me for days. The new me, who is still an emotional eater, recognizes my triggers and has taken steps to make sure those triggers aren't here for me. I'll still be annoyed with myself that I ate all those mini-chocolate chip cookies, but I tell myself to get back on track and that tomorrow is a new day.
This same sort of mentality also happens when it comes to working out. A year ago, if I didn't get up to workout in the morning, I'd be frustrated all day I didn't get up earlier. I'd also tell myself that I couldn't workout during the day because I was already showered and what if I needed to run an errand. Today, I pretty much live in yoga pants or leggings and heaven forbid someone see me after getting my miles in. Before, I was working out because I was unhappy with myself, but now that I do it for me (and the release it gives me), I get it in at a time that works best and I don't worry if it's in the early morning or at night. I just get it done.
I also have really been listening to my body. It started with my jaw pain from a month or so ago and just a few days ago, I tweaked my neck lifting our youngest from her crib. It's crazy sore and I hate life when I have to gargle mouthwash in the morning or turn to the left, but instead of being upset that I'm stuck with this stiff neck, I'm giving my body time to figure it out and not freaking out that I'm not getting my training in. I've changed to yoga for this week to give myself time to stretch and it's a welcomed change of pace from what I have been doing.
When you think about it, our bodies are super smart - we just have to listen. How many times do we just shrug off some pain or discomfort only to find ourselves in the Dr.'s office because things got worse. Now I'm not saying you step on a lego one of the kids left out and you go to the ER, because let's face it, those lego's (when you step on them just right) can bring even the strongest person to their knees. My point here is that more times than not, we know when something is "off" and not right. You may give yourself a day or two to see if it's just nothing, but listen to your gut if it doesn't go away.
And if you're like me...where you want to tough it out, or think that because you've given birth you can handle a little bit of pain, stop it. There's nothing wrong with admitting you're hurting and to get help from a professional. I mean after all, they do have the mountains of student loan debt they paid for those letters behind their name and they probably know a little more than WebMD.