Usually when I’m having conversations with people about exercise and I hear them say they cannot do something my reaction is always to remind them that the mind will give out long before the body. Our minds are programmed to take it easy and find the least complicated way of doing something. Even the most disciplined people have to face the fact that our minds are so strong and can literally talk us into anything. Perhaps your mind/inner voice tells you to stay in bed and it is just easier than getting up so you do. I have had this same inner voice start creeping into my life recently especially in the mornings. I stayed in a bed a couple of mornings recently because I wasn’t sleeping well and thought that I should choose sleep over exercise but what I have found is that just those few times has made my mind tell me to stay in bed more and more. I usually just get up early and start my day so I know my mind is speaking louder than normal.
I did get up this morning and went to Bikram which felt great on the body and the mind and my “fatigue” was gone so I know that it was the right decision to get up and proceed with my workout. That brings me to my next big revelation about my over controlling mind… I decided I would give intermittent fasting a try today. I had a nice solid dinner last night and since my workout this morning was just Bikram, no cross fit or anything else I should be able to IF at least until noon which is my short term goal. The idea is to be able to fast for a full 24 hours but I’m working on a 16-18 hour goal to start. My brain has not stopped thinking about food since I decided to do this IF experiment. I think I need something to eat right now and I really cannot focus on anything else at the moment. I’m not hungry, not really but the not being able to focus is making my day feel like I’m completely out of my routine.
My water intake is much greater today because I’m replacing that with food. I know I need more water during my days but always seem to forget about it. Since I’m completely focused on food and water I’m getting all kinds of good liquids today and not able to “forget” about it. What if food really wasn’t available to me? That seems like an unlikely scenario since we are constantly surround by food but I hear people say that they don’t need to eat every few hours when eating a Paleoish diet and yet I’m not one of those people.
Granted, I am very active but still I would think that I could go 12-16 hours without too much difficulty. I’m going to keep trying and perhaps I can perfect the art of IF.