Prepare yourself for an overload of motivational quotes in this post. It’s not for the faint of heart.
It sounds like a lot of us fitness bloggers are having a tough time these days. We are too hard on ourselves. Sometimes our self discipline is what makes us great and helps us reach our amazing goals, but sometimes we beat ourselves up. I think we all need to be a little kinder to ourselves these days.
Our bodies are capable of some pretty awesome things. As runners, we push our bodies to the limit to become better. We also have to remember that we only get this one body. It does a lot for us. We need to take care of it. This rang especially true for me this week. As most of you know, I had a colonoscopy last week. I had three polyps removed, one of which was considered large. I got the green light to go back to exercising the next day. I felt fine, so I went at it. Tuesday speed work came along. I was pushing it pretty hard, and then the WORST side cramp of my life hit. I had to stop the workout early. I really beat myself up about it. Then it hit me, I took THIRTY doses of laxatives within 24 hours for that colonoscopy. My insides were messed up. They say it can take up to two weeks to have normal bowel movements again. These were insane gas pains, not cramps from poor breathing.
I felt so awful because I couldn’t keep going like everyone else. That was ridiculous. Everyone else doesn’t have Crohn’s disease. They did not take 30 doses of laxatives. We are not the same. I cannot compare myself to them. I was not taking care of my body because I was acting like I didn’t have Crohn’s disease. Ultimately, Crohn’s disease is what has led me to live a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes even forcing me. It is a big part of my life.
It’s time we stop comparing ourselves to others. It’s also time to take care of ourselves. That could mean slowing down, taking time to rest, or to stop freaking out about paces. Take some time to be kind to yourself!
How could you be kinder to yourself?