I just cannot express how much I’m loving Jamie’s IE Challenge!
We’re nearing the end of the challenge (tomorrow being the last day), but I most definitely know that my own personal IE journey is not coming to an end. It’s only getting started, really.
I have so much to say about IE, but also still so much to learn, so I’ll keep learning, but I will also continue sharing pieces of my IE journey with you, too!
Throughout the IE Challenge, we’ve touched on a lot of different topics. Obviously we’ve focused on food, but we’ve also focused on other areas as well – one of them being exercise!
There’s something called intuitive exercise, you know?
The day we focused on exercising intuitively, I began to think about my current relationship with exercise and, as I thought, I realized how healthy my relationship with exercise is today.
But, it wasn’t always this way…
I definitely went through a period of obsession. I felt that I had to exercise every day. Whether it be weight lifting, sprints on the treadmill, a quick tabata workout, or a bodyweight strength training workout that I could do at home, I had the thought engraved into my mind that I had to do some type of exercise each and every day.
Luckily, that thought is no longer engraved into my mind!
I go to the gym four days out of the week and rest for the other three.
When I began following this particular workout schedule, I definitely felt antsy on those three rest days. I had trouble resting, so I would always be thinking of little workouts that I could do at home just to do something.
For some reason, the word rest freaked me out and seemed like something that shouldn’t be allowed.
When I think back to a few years ago, last year, and even this summer, there were times I exercised when I didn’t really want to. I pushed myself to exercise because I thought I should.
Well, this is not exercising intuitively at all!
Today, I’m able to sit, relax, and be free from thoughts telling me that I have to do something.
I’m being completely honest when I say that I spent this entire weekend planted on the couch, curled up with a blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a ton of movies (ok, not many movies, more Food Network than anything…)
I’m proud to say that I have such a comfortable relationship with exercise now. I call this a healthy relationship!
I don’t push myself to do things I don’t want to do nor do I feel like I cannot rest. I deserve rest and I allow myself to have it.
The particular workout regimen I mentioned above, four days of weight lifting and three days of rest, works for me and makes me happy. That’s what’s most important
Of course I could do more and I could do less, but this is what works for me, so I’ll stick with it!
As I said, I call my relationship with exercise a healthy relationship and I was so proud to realize how far I’ve come when we were presented with this topic throughout the IE Challenge. It felt amazing to answer “no!” to Jamie’s question when she asked “does your exercise feel forced?” and it felt even more amazing to answer “yes!” when she asked “do you enjoy the type of exercise you do?”
I can also say I enjoy rest days now, too. I write this post today because today is a rest day for me (a.k.a. growth day )
As I’ve shared with you last week, I’m working on repairing my relationship with food. Therefore, I am working on making my relationship a healthy one, just like my relationship with exercise is!
Of course it frustrates me that my relationship with food isn’t as amazing or as healthy as my relationship with exercise, but I’m working on it and I’m making progress every day.
My relationship with food is better than it was last year, than a month ago, than last week, and than yesterday. I’m making improvements and repairing my relationship every day.
I’m becoming more comfortable and not feeling tied to silly rules anymore. It seems much more like “the good old days”
I eat what I crave and I don’t hold back.
Because food is good and we are friends
How does your relationship with exercise compare to the relationship you have with food? Can you improve on either? Can you improve on both?
Have you ever struggled with your relationship with food or exercise? How did you overcome it?
See you tomorrow love bugs!