Leaving the gym early..

I started going back to the gym last week. I hate when I am not able to go. I feel out of control, not really focused, and just plain old lazy. I also eat more when I am not working out which makes me feel guilty, put on weight, and BLAH.

I am very routine oriented. And when it comes to the gym, that part of my personality is probably maginified. I have my set workout and do everything in my power not to fall short. If I don’t complete my usual workout routine, I feel like it was pointless to exercise at all. I know with everything in me that that last sentence is a load of crap. But, I feel good when I complete everything which is my point.

The other day, I left very soon after I checked in at the gym. I tried to push myself because I know I always feel so much better afterwards but I just couldn’t. I was feeling dizzy, nauseous and just felt a huge need to lay down. After agonizing about it for a few minutes, I got off the machine, headed into the lockerroom and laid down across one of the benches. I drank some water and gatorade, took deep breathes, and after a little while, I was completely fine.

After I caught my breath, I was thinking about going back on the machines to finish my workout.

But I didn’t.

Instead, I packed up my stuff, got in the car and came home.

This was one of the first times in a while where I was OKAY only doing a little bit of exercise compared to what I was accustomed to. I didn’t look at myself as a failure this time. I think I am slowly starting to realize that whether or not I do an hour on a machine or half an hour, it doesn’t matter. In the scheme of things, sticking to such a rigourous routine doesn’t get you anywhere. If anything, it makes you feel frustrated because most people aren’t able to do so much day after day. There are days for everyone where they can’t perform at the level they usually do. And that is okay.


Listen your body. Always, always listen to your body… 

  • Jodi

    Yes, listen to your body. You have always gone with your “gut” feelings, it applies here too. Good job taking care of yourself and “listening”. Failing, is not listening and having to deal with the repercussions. Glad you could see through your old habits/thoughts and adjust them to take care of YOU. Some days, a body just needs rest.

    • http://risaroo86.wordpress.com Marisa Lauren

      Thank you jodi! I know you of all people can understand this. Love you!

  • http://sdempster.wordpress.com Stephen Dempster

    Things that most people do not do:

    1). Having the motivation/determination to get your ass into the gym in the first place.
    2). Listening to what your body is telling you, and taking the appropriate action.
    3). Realising that “any” effort that gets you moving is a good thing.

    I could go on, but given that fact that you actually accomplished the three points above just goes to prove how awesome you really are :-)

    • http://risaroo86.wordpress.com Marisa Lauren

      Thanks Stephen for all the support! You’re the best :)

  • http://gutwrenchingtruthaboutcrohns.wordpress.com jcrohnie715

    I can relate to your post of. As of late, I have realized my body can’t handle my old workouts and I need to find a way to adapt. Listening to your body is totally key! Great post!

    • http://risaroo86.wordpress.com Marisa Lauren

      Thanks girl! It’s difficult to admit you can’t handle what you hoped your body could. But it is about listening to your body, like you said. :) hugs!