Listen to your body.
I've had to deal with headaches and migraines for as long as I can remember. At this point in my life, I usually can push through the pain - it's almost like I'm 'used to' headaches and the associated pain. And when a migraine comes on, I can still usually push through (with the help of some meds and my bed buddy!) - go on with my day - and just deal with it. Same with being sick. I'm that girl that just doesn't stop just because I've got a little cold (or bronchitis or sinus infection!) I still go to work. I still work out. I still get things done. That's just how I am. But yesterday...yesterday, this was not the case.
I woke up around 4am with a nasty, nasty migraine. I got out of bed - went downstairs - put my bed buddy in the microwave - and crawled back into bed hoping to fall back to asleep before my alarm went off at 4:50. If you don't know what a bed buddy is click on the picture below - it'll direct you to amazon.com and you can buy one for yourself - trust me - you won't regret it!!! Basically, you throw this bad boy in the microwave and voila! - heat relief wherever you need it!!
Anyways, I wasn't able to go back to sleep and the bed buddy didn't really help. So I got up, took some meds, and got ready for the day. The meds didn't work and I felt nauseous most of the day. But I got through the day. The second I got home, I burst into tears. It hurt. And it hurt BAD. I was upset I was still in so much pain and I didn't want to miss my Tuesday workout (I love Tuesday nights because the hubs plays basketball and it's the one night I get to go to the gym and not feel rushed and I get in a really good workout.) I didn't want to miss this workout. But the hubs convinced me to lay down on the couch with the bed buddy. I knew he was right - AND I knew I had to listen to my body for once. So that's what I did. I slept from 6 until about 9:30 - got up - crawled into bed - and slept until my alarm this morning. As much as I hate to admit it, it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Sure, I missed a great work out. Sure other things didn't get done that I needed to last night. Sure I feel like I let myself down a little bit by not pushing through the pain and getting that work out in. But I also need to learn to listen to my body and learn to do the right things for it - even if it's not what I necessarily want.
So the moral of this rambling story is to listen to your body...REALLY listen to it. Take a break. You deserve it. Be healthy. Be happy. But realize and accept that your body needs the rest as much as it needs the working out and eating healthy.
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!