Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today I Go to The Gym

Last year, before I went to London, I used to love going to the gym. I was one of those nuts that did a spin class during my lunch break. On weekends my boyfriend and I would run 5kms before breakfast. I was fit. When it's 3 degrees outside though, it's so much harder to get away from the couch and when you're doing everything in 5 layers of clothing, what's the point of having a firm bum?

Courtesy of Lorna Jane Active

Today, feeling a bit disenchanted with myself, I finally got back to the gym and pushed myself to the limit. It felt great. The soreness of my legs and shoulders was testament to my hard work. But sitting here now, I'm tired and cranky, and don't really want to talk to anyone.

I think that a part of exercise is that you bring yourself to breaking point. You run, or ride or pump until you are in so much pain that you want to cry. Exercise is therapeutic, that's why people so often will go for a walk to 'clear their heads'. Since I've been back from London, I've been on autopilot. I threw myself back into university and haven't really given much thought to anything else, except for going back to London!

This crankiness that I'm feeling now is all the stress over the past few months coming to the surface. I've been worried about everything like being successful and starting the next phase of my life. Going to the gym today brought out all of my frustrations that were simmering at the back of my mind, but had never dealt with.

I'm so glad that I went to the gym today because I got back in touch with me. I know myself a bit better now and think that I've neglected nourishing myself for quite some time. Exercise is not just about outer wellbeing, but inner wellbeing too. You don't have to run a marathon, but maybe go for a walk or punch a boxing bag, and see how you feel.

I've got the day off tomorrow and can't wait to just relax and take the day slowly.

Take care,

Ms Ivory xx

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