Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What Happens When I Don't Run

Hi everyone! I feel like it's been a while since I've talked to any of my "online friends" because I took a social media fast for a week and now I'm back.  I sat down to write something that would be hopefully a benefit to someone out there but I'm so uninspired lately haha! It made me decide to talk about the things that happen when I don't run since I normally talk about the things that happen when I do run, and I'm currently not running much.

When I don't run...

I get really lazy.  I sit around a lot, I sleep in a lot, I don't do much productive at all.

I get more grouchy.  Exercise is proven to help boost your mood, and I'm feeling the lack of exercise in this area. Added to the fact that it's super cold here in Utah now. My poor kids. I try really hard to be a happy mom, I do. But let's be honest, it doesn't always happen that way for anyone, right?

I get really uninspired. This post for example.  When I run, my creative juices get flowing and I can come up with several blog posts/Instagram posts in one 3 mile run. 

I start to gather random projects. I think this might be to compensate for the point above. Suddenly I want to do all the quilts, sewing, or painting projects.

I get antsy for something and I don't always know what it is.  I start cleaning out my closet and my kid's closets and all the other places in our house and then I start to donate or sell things. Maybe this isn't a running thing but a season change thing?

I eat a lot worse. I've talked about this before, how I don't follow any kind of diet. I'm a big believer that you need to enjoy the food you eat. I think a lot of people make eating way too hard for themselves. But when I'm not running, all discipline on any kind of good eating kind of goes out the window. I crave a lot of less healthy things and I give in to those cravings a lot.  When I run, I am much better at making conscious healthy choices. 

I don't sleep well.  I can't tell you how terribly I have been sleeping the last month or so.  Between kids with bad dreams and my random wakings at night, you think I had a newborn. I don't, I'm just not running. 

I get stressed out a lot easier. I think this is a given for anyone. If you workout, your stress level goes down. 

My house gets a lot messier. This goes back to my first point of laziness. I just don't have the motivation to clean it when I don't have the energy to clean it. 

Clearly, you can see that I need exercise in my life. Right now I'm working on mostly strength training and doing some run/walking. But hopefully, soon I'll be able to do it more often and better! 

Do you find things are different when you're not exercising regularly?

What is the longest amount of time you've gone without working out?

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