Grief and Exercise

Hello friends!

I have been thinking a lot about the topic of grief lately. Well for the past 6 months pretty intensely.

A little over six months ago my dear friend Shannon passed away in a horrible car accident.  img_8568-1

Then 4 weeks ago today my sweet friend Emily passed away from her courageous battle with cancer.

The loss of both of my friends has left a huge hole in my life.

No matter what the reason, loss is hard.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I am sure I am not alone when I say that loss has affected my life in many ways.

One area that I really noticed changed a bit was my exercise routine and even my levels of desire to workout.

Some days I was overwhelmed with feelings of grief. Some days a good hard run or workout was what I needed to clear my mind a bit. Other days skipping the gym and getting extra rest was what I needed!

Other the past few years I have worked on approaching how I process loss in a healthier way. In previous circumstances I have found myself on the 2 extreme ends of the spectrum. Either excessive workouts or none at all.

I have to say I am a bit happy with myself for listening to my body and also keeping my emotional health in check. It is not always easy,

How about you? Have you noticed loss or other life events cause change in your motivation levels to workout? How did you change your schedule to allow yourself time to grieve?

I am linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Jen from Pretty Little Grub.

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Be filled with health and joy!


8 thoughts on “Grief and Exercise

  1. fitballingrunningmom

    I am so sorry for your losses ;(

    I have been grieving for a friend as well and for sure it has been needing to readjust for that.

    Take care of yourself and allow yourself that time.

    Hugs to you!

  2. fitfoodiemama

    Grief can be such a burden to bear and not easy to work through when having to handle the realities of life every day. I have definitely found strength in working through pain and grief but it was a long process. I now use it to push myself on days when my motivation is lacking otherwise.

    It should be said that I love that you are sharing this. You are a strong and beautiful person inside and out. If you ever need anything, you know I am here ❤

    1. chocolaterunnergirl Post author

      Thank you so much Annmarie. You are so right, it is a long process. Not one that I wish on anyone. I feel like I’ve had a lot of distractions lately with all the new house stuff and I’m sure I will enter a new phase of grieving once we are settled in the new house. Thank you for being available. I appreciate it so much!! ❤️❤️


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