I'm sitting in the LA airport as I write this, waiting to go back to Canada. I've been here since Tuesday spending time with the Blogifam! I loooove traveling, but I also find it extremely exhausting and I like sticking to my regular routine at home. But, traveling gives me life. I love seeing people who live far from me. And I love experiencing new things. But that Type A personality in me just loves the routine. And the ED voice in me screams because it feels uncomfortable because it's not in its regular routine.
I'd have to say I'm pretty proud of myself this time. I didn't do any "workouts", besides being active while experiencing new things. For example, Lexi and I went on a Culver City Stairs Hike - super active, fun and something I never did before. The next day she took me to the San Diego Beach! I was in love with the ocean. We also went to Universal Studios - OMG so much fun! I was laughing and screaming all day! And the car ride home was my fave! Jamming out to some music. I was so tired, but I wouldn't give up that moment for anything.
If this was a few years ago, I would have went crazy because I wasn't sticking to my routine. But this time around I was so happy. I was content.
This is why you should give up your normal exercise routine for a few days, maybe a week, or however you want!
It's good to give your body a rest.
You may love your workouts and your workout routine, but your body AND mind need a break every once and a while. Give your muscles that rest to come back stronger (and recover from all your hard work). Give your mind a break from the same routine. It's like a refresher when you get back into the gym extra motivated!
You can be active without "working out."
Like I mentioned above, many of the activities I did here were super active, even though I wasn't doing my regular routine. I was doing a lot of walking, hiking, and moving - your body is working even though it's not classified as a "workout."
Allow yourself to live in the moment.
I am prone to overthinking and over-analyzing what's going to happen later or tomorrow. It hinders me from living truly in this moment. But going on new little mini adventures allows you to appreciate life and live in this very moment. And it doesn't have to be extreme events. Just walking on the beach after work was so therapeutic and amazing for me. I don't get to do this everyday so I made sure to soak it all up! It was beautiful and I just felt free.
It helps you listen to your body.
When you step back from routine, you give yourself the chance to actually listen to what your body wants. This week, my body wanted to move but not intensely, and I wanted to experience new moments. It also helps you listen to what your body wants to eat. Am I hungry? Am I full? What do I really want to eat? I just ate intuitively knowing that I was satisfied. THIS is freedom. This is how you should always feel.
Each time I leave LA, I leave with a heavy heart because I had so much fun and I LOVE the people I am with. It makes me feel super extra thankful for who I have in my life and the opportunities I have been given. Big or small - remember the moments you have in life with the people you love. We too often forget to appreciate the things that really matter.
A Letter To The Girl Who Hates Her Body
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