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January Fitness Challenge: Listening to My Body

Pregnant CravingsI cannot believe it’s February already!  It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated Christmas and started a new year!  And here I am, about two months away from my most challenging body moment ever, and I’m so excited!

I knew going into January that, as far as fitness challenges went, I was unlikely to accomplish anything of note.  I’ve been struggling this whole pregnancy with discomfort and exhaustion and so I’ve had little ambition to try something new.  So what I did instead this month, was focus on providing for my body as best I could.

For example, this month I truly ate whatever I felt I needed.  A few times, this meant I binged on Booster Juice because I could tell I wasn’t getting enough fruits and vegetables.  And a few times this meant chocolate was a food group.  One day last week, I ate fruit and cheese for lunch.  Some days I drank nothing but water, and other times I added caffeine whenever I could.

I also tried by best to pamper myself.  I don’t mean I spent a few days at a spa or anything (though now that I’ve brought it up I’m wondering why I didn’t…), but I did my best to let my body relax as much as possible.  I think I used my electric heating pad more this past month than the entire rest of the pregnancy so far.  I also changed my routine so my husband can drive me to work in the mornings, and I asked for more opportunities to work from home to save me having to go in every day.  And while there was no spa day, I did indulge in a massage and it was awesome!

I’ve also tried to challenge myself to do things that I thought I just couldn’t do anymore at this stage of pregnancy.  Like, I used to be able to touch my toes, I swear.  Well this month I did it again!  And I’ve focused on stretching, even though some positions are uncomfortable, because once I’m done it always feels so much better.  And, in one of my prouder moments, I even managed to shave my legs!  I know, I’ve just gone crazy this month!

Overall, I challenged myself to really listen to my body and try my best to provide whatever was needed in the moment, no matter if that meant taking a sick day because I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed, or taking a bit longer to walk home because it felt great to stretch out my joints.  In the end, I know my body is thanking me for it all because I’m feeling better lately than I have been in the past few months.

Now if I could just get rid of the heartburn and get a good night’s sleep!  The challenges never end…

S

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