When was the last time you threw in the towel and said, "I Just CAN'T anymore"?
I can't do my workout today...my body is too tired/painful/beat up.
I can't even begin to think about what to cook for dinner...I'm so sick of it all.
I can't imagine having the time to do what I really want to do...there's always so much on my plate.
Well, there's a time to be a hero and push yourself to get off your tush and keep pushing.
Then there's a time to listen to your body and actually do what it is telling you to do.
I've helped my clients to listen more, and you can learn too.
This may sound foreign to some of you, but your body is a well-spring of amazing information when you tune into it.
I have been reading Amy Myers book the Auto-Immune Protocol this summer and she reminded me of just how incredible the communication systems in our bodies really are.
For instance, when you eat you send a signal that tells certain hormones like insulin to be released to help direct your food where it needs to go. You also set off triggers for your immune system in your body when foreign invaders sneak in. Too much of the wrong foods can even send your immune system into a frenzy when your body identifies the food as a foreign object. When you are over-tired your body tells your adrenals to work overtime to pump you up with cortisol and epinephrin.
These days I witness the miracle of the communication system in my body multiple times a day when breastfeeding. Literally all I have to do is take 3 deep calming breaths, close my eyes, imagine a water fall and my milk lets down. This is so crazy cool.
What I've learned is that it is best not to mess with your body's wisdom and to LISTEN.
Our problem is we get too caught up in expectations, should's, and ought to's- especially when it comes to exercise.
So how do you know what to do when you are on the fence about exercise?
Of course there are those days when you don't feel like working out, but in the end you know movement would help.
How can you discern what to do to honor your body and still get in some soul sweat?
I developed a simple questionnaire you can use, particularly if you struggle with chronic illness, fatigue, or auto-immune issues. And it's exactly what I use to hep my clients with their discernment too.
Movement might be the furthest thing from you mind, but as I witness my husband and his journey with Hashimotos and my own history with depression, movement nearly always gives us back our glow when we choose things that light us up. Movement can come in so many different forms. Use the questionnaire to help you know what's appropriate for you today.
If you know someone with hashimotos, infertility, lupus, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or other chronic illness...especially if their heart is to become a better mother, please forward this message to them. I love serving wannabe moms and moms who are struggling to help them overcome the overwhelm and gain strength and soul through their journey.
Wishing you holy, healthy, healing,
P.S. I am about to launch my online Strength and Soul program and I cannot wait to reveal how this program will give moms in the making hope, strength, and stamina to help them be the mom they dream of rather than feeling tired, neglected, and overwhelmed. Stay tuned!