Sunday, November 04, 2018

What is Healthy Living?

This actually isn't as easy to write about, as you'd think. Healthy living means different things to different people. Some people would consider it to be all 'juices and yoga', to others it means being content with who you are.

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For me, it means looking after every aspect of my well being.

I am one of those annoying people that loves going to the gym! I think exercise should be something that is good for your body AND your mind. For many people that is long walks and fresh air, when I had my dog, this was something I truly loved too. Since losing him, a year ago, I simply don't want to walk, I find it boring. At the gym I only use the exercise bike. I am not a fan of weights etc, but I can lose myself on the bike, I sit there watching a TV programme. Yes, genuinely! My new show is Manifest, exciting enough for me to pedal fast.

The downside to the gym, and another consideration of my healthy living, is that my sugars drop. I'm type 2 diabetic, it started during my last pregnancy and never left. Regardless of the weight I've lost, the changes I've made, it's barely improved. So I have to be the person that gets off the bike and eats a packet of sweets! The woman who works at the gym had a lolly in her bag for me this weekend!
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Obviously, being diabetic, food is a big consideration. I do try to eat as healthily as possible, but I do love a bit of chocolate! I'm a firm believer in everything in moderation, a little of what you fancy does you good etc, however, I'm not good at moderation! I'm getting better, but if the mood strikes me.........I will fill my face!

It's funny that this topic has come up today, as I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I've been going to Slimming World for 18 months now, weight loss has been a real battle for me and I've never been a big loser. I managed to lose 2 stone, in just over a year, but now I've just stopped. It's so bloody frustrating!

My dilemma is: Do I call it quits with Slimming World, or do I battle through it. My biggest fear is gaining the weight back. I've listened to everybody's advice, mostly telling me to stick to it. It's left me in a horrible state of mind though, and I've been a rotten emotional eater, the past few days.

Basically, I've gone against everything I know is good for me!

The problem with emotional eating, is it damages my mental state which, to me, is another aspect of healthy living. Probably the most important. If you are well mentally, you can achieve so much more.

I think my plan, moving forward, is to spend more time in the gym (or, get a dog! Hope Mr. Ojo is reading this!). If I do that, everything else will fall into place. When I'm happy, I eat well and think of myself more.

Just remember, healthy living is whatever you make it: If it makes you happy and well, it's good for you.

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