Guess who's out of shape? Pick me, pick me!
So in 2014 I really started working out consistently and lifting weights. I was really starting to see a change in my body and I loved it! But when all of my health issues began, it was harder and harder to be consistent in the gym. This past summer I was even thinking about doing a fitness competition, because it's something I've wanted to do for a while. By the summer I had gained weight, which I normally do during stressful situations, so I was even more motivated to get back in shape. My body was fatigued, but I ignored it and kept going hard in the gym, biking to work, and dancing in rehearsal. I thought I just needed to push harder. I ended up stressing my body out and gaining more weight.
For the past two months I haven't done much beyond walking and restorative yoga. I've been dealing with adrenal fatigue issues and spiked cortisol levels (blog post on that coming soon) due to the Topical Steroid Withdrawal, which can contribute to weight gain. Intense physical activity only increases cortisol, so I've been taking it easy. However, I got the green light from my naturopath to try out light cardio, so today I jogged around this track for the first time in months. I'm hoping I'll be able to keep it up and slowly add more and more physical activity into my life.
I'm sharing all this to say that being healthy and fit isn't necessarily about how hard you go in the gym, how many pull-ups you can do, and having 6-pack abs. All of those things are great, but it's important to listen to your body and give it what it needs. I was so focused on reaching an aesthetic ideal that I ignored what my body was telling me. It's important to push yourself past your limits, but don't push so hard that you burn yourself out. I had to learn the hard way. I hope you all are being healthy, fit and safe with your bodies. Treat them right cause you only get one. Much love and until next time!
Hey! I'm Lauren, aka Just
Du Pree, and this is my blog about healing, health, fitness, self-love, and faith. When you're reading the blog check out the upcoming and videos pages to see what else I'm working on. Thanks for stopping by!