I was reminded this week about the need for flexibility. As you know, I spent this last weekend with my sisters and you know what? Even though we yelled at each other, hurt each other’s feelings, and went “silent treatment” on one another all within 24 hours, I do love my sisters. We’re messed up and broken, but we will always have each other’s backs. I can only learn from what happened. There’s not much more to say without crying, so I’ll stop there.
This being the start of my period week doesn’t help! I can get so emotional and sensitive right before my cycle begins. I also get so tired! I have to force myself to move my body on these days but I also allow myself extra rest. Getting to bed early and drinking more water really helps bloating and fatigue. My period can feel as if life is breaking me sometimes but learning to be flexible is crucial to survival. Life can break you many times before you get your big break so we must learn to be flexible and adapt so we don’t give up.
“Survival is for those who are flexible; they are smart enough to adapt and they never give up!” ― Norina Luciano
Stay flexible and open to change. ‘Plan B’ might have been ‘Plan A’ all along. A bad plan is still better than no plan, and the most important quality of any plan is the flexibility to change. My Plan A to still be married didn’t happen but my Plan B of finding myself through my career/passion feels like this was destined all along. We put terrible pressure on our minds because of society or cultural expectations–this can lead to several mental health illnesses, depression and anxiety. Be flexible with goals yet deeply rooted with your values. The lesson I learned, let go of attachments to the outcome and just focus on what you can control. Fitness is also a journey to find yourself, your flexibility, your inner strength, your inner beauty. It helps shape your body and yourself.
With all my emotions at a peak, I am happy to report I am still maintaining good eating habits. It can be so tempting to eat comfort food when my emotions are in turmoil but thanks to these good habits I have trained to strengthen all month, it was easier to avoid the sugar binge. I will be tracking my weight during these days to see how much it fluctuates with my hormones. I was surprised to get on the scale yesterday after my trip and have my weight go down! I am flexible, though, even if it spikes up the next couple days due to hormones. Spontaneity and flexibility within a fitness challenge is a must, especially for a female!
Today’s food & workout recap:
Total food calories for today: 1,604 = (147g, 35% Carbohydrates / 59g, 32% Fat / 139g, 33% Protein)
I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out. Sometimes we have to get out of balance to find new balance and that requires flexibility. I bend so I don’t break!