Listen to Your Heart

In case you’d like to listen in the background while you read this and cheese it up, here it is:  http://youtu.be/Z30EeVQLYwA

I’d like to circle back to something I’ve written about before for two reasons: 1)  I needed an excuse to start my new this-song-goes-with-this-blog theme; b) I’ve been hit with this subject three times today so it must be a sign.

I was drawn into this blog from another blog I read (we call this the blog hole) and of course it made all sorts of sense to me.  My transformation had to be internal first.  All this time I was trying to fix myself from the outside in and what I ready should have been doing was working on that’s inside and listening to my body.  Your intuition is not so much powerful as it is right.  I never took time to listen to my body before I moved or ate, and I hate to admit that sometimes I heard it and ignored it.  It went something like this:

Him:  What do you want to drink?

Me: Nothing really sounds all that good to me.

Intuition: MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T BE DRINKING….

Me: I guess I’ll have a margarita.

DUH!! Hello!! McFly!

The second time was at lunch.  I had been starving most of the day so when 11:30a hit, I was ready to eat! I’m trying not to eat out as much so I settled on the fact that I was going to crack open a can of Progresso soup <insert medium mood about my lunch>. I used to love food so this is very different for me.  I never know what I want to eat these days. So anyways, as I’m eating the soup I’m actually a little but nauseated by it but I finish it because it’s what I had and I was so hungry.  I vowed never to do that again.  What’s the point if it’s not even worth the calories? I ended up having two mini chocolate bars for dessert, four almonds and a snack pack of chips ahoys and then I was fully satisfied.  Salty soup and a bunch of junk for lunch…nice.  Why I have no energy to finish my day and I almost bit off my bosses head, I have no idea. After work, I sat in my car and ate a $5 container of fresh pineapple from Publix and I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

The third was at a birthday dinner with a dear friend tonight.  We were chatting about gym memberships and how she doesn’t have one anymore to save money but that she started doing Jillian’s 30 Day Shred (we are on first name basis) and has lost 6 lbs.  I was of course blown away because I feel like that’s a lot for a video workout in 2.5 weeks.  She said she had been running for months and hadn’t seen much movement on the scale but this is really working. I said, “but you hate running.” And she agreed and then I said it – “you aren’t going to stick to something and lose weight if you hate it.” I’m pretty sure she rolled her eyes at this point because she knew it would be going in the blog.

We all know it.  If you hate eating salads, but you force yourself to for a few months, you are just going to put back on all that weight (been there..done that…got the tshirt…in XL) when you start eating what you want again.  Same goes for your workout routine.  Find something that you like and that your body wants/needs.

What do you need to stop doing because you hate it?  What exercise or healthy food gets you excited?

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