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Underwater Epiphanies

June 26, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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How do you keep your healthy eating or physical activity goals? We explore how to enjoy yourself while maintaining a healthier lifestyle with our blog Underwater Epiphanies.
 
If you’re just tolerating something, it isn’t going to last. Case in point: Last fall, I decided I should be running, so I joined a running clinic before I could change my mind. I didn’t look forward to each run but was motivated by the group and the goal at the end so I kept it up. I went from sucking wind after 5 km to running a 10 km race in a time I was proud of.

The problem is, after a season of doing something that I didn’t love, I rode the runner’s high a bit too far – all the way through a winter of hibernation.

A couple of months ago I was back at the starting blocks. I felt like I should be running but I never “got around to it.” I felt guilty for not wanting to run when everybody and their dog (literally) seemed to be running in my neighbourhood. It was just too easy to find an excuse not to do something I didn’t want to do.

Craving some activity, I finally decided to dust off my bathing suit. After a few laps, I remembered how much I love the quiet of being underwater and how the hot tub and steam room afterwards seems to melt away the stress that has built up on my shoulders. I wondered why I hadn’t been swimming all winter long.

Today, I’m looking forward to an evening swim. I’ve even gone for a few short runs recently as running seems more appealing since I took the pressure off of myself. Getting back into a rhythm of activity, I find I’m more motivated to plan out healthy meals and snacks for the day to make sure I have the right fuel to keep me going.

Finding activities and foods I truly enjoy is really the only way I have ever had success with achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. It’s funny; I spent the winter avoiding something I disliked when I could have just been doing something that I looked forward to. Lesson learned.

This is an entry in our series exploring healthy weights, weight management, and feelings around food and eating with respect to weight. We welcome you to take part in the discussion and share your stories.


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