Last August, I was spending a lot of time doing my favorite thing â€“ running!
I was training for my second marathon (which, please excuse me while I dust my shoulders off, I crushed), and many, many hours each week were dedicated to training, stretching, and fueling with one goal in mind: 26.2 miles.
These days, I am spending more time doing this:
In fact, lately, I havenâ€™t been up to my normal active standards. And I wanted to share why!
Since I started to exercise five years ago, Iâ€™ve come to understand that you cannot â€“ and should not â€“ do it all. When you exercise, your body perceives it as stress. In many ways, itâ€™s a good form of stress because exercise makes us stronger and healthier. But if thereâ€™s a lot of other stress in your life â€“ like, say, writing a book â€“ thereâ€™s a point of diminishing exercise returns.
You only have so much energy to give to life. And to expect that youâ€™ll always be able to do everything, all the time, is silly! I spoke a few weeks back about how my current mantra was â€œdo less, so I can do more.â€ Temporarily cutting back on exercise has allowed me to do so much more in other ways. Not only can I do more, but I can put more of myself into my work.
I love running. I love racing. I still have races on the calendar. But Iâ€™m choosing not to set myself up to fail by signing up for a race that would require a bigger commitment than I can readily give right now. Itâ€™s pointless to compare myself to my past and think that I should be capable of doing the same thing; Iâ€™m not in the same place! And that, my friends, is what I believe being healthy is all about â€“ true balance, in all areas of life, not just diet and exercise.
So instead of working out, today I worked my brain.
And took self-photographs with Maggie.
And made a delicious lunch. Part #1 of lunch was consumed around 11. I had rice cakes with goat cheese and hummus.
And Part #2 of lunch was baked sweet potato and steamy greens.
Drizzled in olive oil and a little honey! Try it, itâ€™s good!
How do you find balance between your work and family obligations and your exercise goals? Anyone else taking a step back so they can â€˜do moreâ€™ in the areas that count right now?