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It’s Just A Number

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Since my holiday in Tassie, then Denmark and now Christmas, all routine has gone out the window. Exercise has been knocked off my priority and I couldn’t possibly say no to trying out that scrumptious looking dish! I mean…some of my clothes were even starting to feel a little more snug. This prompted me to start thinking about my weight, which is something I have struggled with previously.

I went through a period where I weighed myself everyday. Unhappy with the numbers on the scale, I would over-exercise and restricted my eating in a bid to lose weight. It took a long time for me to actually enjoy exercising and learning to be mindful rather than restrictive with food. Slowly, I started to feel comfortable with myself and my body. It was then that I “broke up with the weighing scale” as a dietitian friend of mine puts it.

So emotions were running slightly high when I realised I had put on 2kg according to the scales at the gym. It was slightly confronting and definitely pumped the motivation up to get some regular exercise and mindful eating back into my life.

I needed every little motivation I could muster to get back into exercising again. Even if means forking out (many) extra dollars and giving up the pool to switch back to a gym that I enjoyed. Finding an environment where exercising becomes a positive experience, makes a huge difference. I have also been making more of an effort to hit those goals I’ve set on my Fitbit once upon a time but have since forgotten.

The heatwave that we have has made it somewhat easier to be more mindful of what I was eating. I’m making more effort to listen to my hunger cues and taking time to enjoy my meals by being present in the moment. It complements the festive season and spending time with friends and family anyway!

Most importantly, I promised myself to not let numbers on a scale rule me. My focus revolves around feeling good and fit. I may have fallen off the bandwagon, but I haven’t regretted anything that I’ve done in the past few months. It’s just time to put my health and wellbeing as priorities again!

 

Picture Credit: Moderation Movement

 

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Pancreatically challenged, diabetes advocate, PhD student and dietitian - working to positive changes within the diabetes community and healthcare setting. Although diagnosed at age of 19 with T2DM, the type of diabetes I have is under constant debate. Finally pumping as of March 2014.

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  1. Welcome back to the world of exercising and heat wave? I could use one of those about now. But our days are getting longer. I hardly know what to do with the 3 minutes I have earned back. 🙂

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    • I’m sure no one wants a week filled with temperatures ranging in the high 30s! Then we had a torrential downpour yesterday leading to flash flooding. Such is Melbourne life! The only thing I love about summer is the longer daylight hours!

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