Listening To My Body

I’ve been waking up around one in the morning the past few nights. I wake up and can’t immediately fall back to sleep. I’ll be up for a couple hours, fall back asleep and wake up again still long before my scheduled time. Since I don’t go to bed much before 11pm, this has been a frustrating challenge. 

It happened again this morning but I handled it differently. Normally, i get all upset that I’m awake again and getting worried that I’ll sleep through my alarm. This time I decided to look over the patterns of my life these past few weeks to wonder why this is happening. I was surprised by the results. 

Since I finished the marathon in November my running regimen has been much lighter. I took a month off from running but I didn’t go back to full scale training. Seems like one issue is that my body is yearning to run. I’ve been working out consistently but running is as much therapeutic and it is cardio!

The next thing I noticed was that since going back to work, starting my jewelry business, and starting karate along with my other many responsibilities to my church and my family I haven’t been as scheduled with my time or as diligent with my food portions or hydration. I used to write down everything I ate and drank. I’ve scaled back on that and I feel it. 

Once I listened to my body and assessed what was happening I fell right back to sleep and slept soundly. I needed to get my center and focus back.

Today, I’m going to be sure I stay hydrated, get enough protein and run for at least 30 minutes. I’m going back to journaling and taking my new schedule of responsibilities and fitting my physical needs so my body can function best. 

I’m listening. 

Quote: Nayyirah Waheed | Photo: Pinterest

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email Thank you!

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