Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Facing the Truth, but Battling Against the Odds

Exhaustion lets you know that you need to take a break. Some days it's through your muscles. Other days it might come in the form of a headache. No matter what, you need to listen to your body and what it is telling you. I have a habit of acting like the Energizer bunny as I have a hard time sitting still. Ask my wife, she is constantly telling me to sit down, relax, and just not do anything for a bit. It's hard for me. I am a naturally active person and when I see the need for something to be done, I do it. Unless it's housework, then I tend to shy away. Ha! No matter what, I do overdo it sometimes.

I had a headache all afternoon yesterday. I drank plenty of water, but I could feel it creeping up.Then, last night I took my daughter out to dinner and started to feel worse. I knew that I was tired and my body was telling me so. After she went to bed, I went into our bedroom and lay down. I just wanted to rest. The next thing I know it's 2:00 AM and I am in the same position I was in four hours prior. Still had the headache and knew I needed more sleep. So I took a couple Excedrin and crashed. 

When my alarm went off at 6:30 AM, I did not want to get up. The headache was still lingering, but I knew that I needed to get up. Some days I know when my body needs to rest and some days endorphins are my best friend. I slowly got dressed and forced myself to go to the gym at work. No one is ever there at 7:00 AM so it was good for me. Instead of running outside, I decided I would get on the elliptical machine and bust out a few miles. It's amazing how good you feel when you start sweating and those endorphins pump through your body. Four miles after I started my body felt good and my headache was gone. The weather plays some part when it comes to me and headaches, but the weather can bite me. I refuse to it hamper my progress.

Now I am ready for the day. I feel energized (time to beat the drum) and projects need to be completed. I am well-rested, my muscles got a workout, and mentally I am alert. Sure, I can't stop thinking about bowhunting, scouting, hiking, elk, deer, pigs, ahhhhhhh... you know how it goes, but I needed that break last night. My advise to you is listen to your body, listen to others around you, and take it easy some days. On the other days, you are the master of your own progress. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. Definitely listen to the clues that your body gives you. Health is important, just as important as attitude and tenacity.