How a Test Result Helped Changed My Perspective of Exercise

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I’m not going to lie, weight wasn’t something I struggled with until recent years. I was very athletic growing up and was always in a competitive sport. Some because I enjoyed playing them and others because they helped keep me physically conditioned until my favorite sports came back in season. About 7 years ago, I put on quite a bit of weight. Between hormone imbalances, depression, and a desk job, I packed on the pounds. Before I knew it my test results were borderline diabetic and I needed to make some serious changes in my lifestyle- quickly! The health coach I was working with told me that losing 10 pounds was the best way to impact that number I needed to bring down.

Easier said than done right? Yet this was the first health scare that I faced and it was something I could improve by taking control of my health. I started focusing on what I ate. Not in a calorie sense because I found that to be an unhealthy borderline obsession in the past. I just tried to eat more real food. You know, fruits, vegetables, meat, and less processed foods. I also opted to only do a weigh-in at the 6 and 12-month marks and decided to use my pants as a reference for how I was doing. I found that going for a walk during my lunch break wasn’t just great for my waistline but for my mood as well. Since I’m the cook in the house, the whole family got on board and I made sure that we didn’t get things at the store if they weren’t on the list. It’s unlikely I’d make a drive for a craving but if it’s in the house, I won’t hesitate to reach for it now and regret it later.

I consistently made more healthy lifestyle choices than not. By the time my 6-month check-in with my health coach came around I was excited to share that I had reached my goal. Within 6 months I was able to lose over 10 pounds. I had to wait an additional 6 months to get my blood drawn and check the numbers there. While I had been 1 point away from being diabetic the previous year, I was well within the normal threshold after making good choices.

Since then, my weight has fluctuated. It’s always been within a few pounds of those 12 pounds I lost. Up until recently, that is. I went on vacation and allowed myself to indulge. Boy did I pay for that with interest! I’m tiptoeing back up to my heaviest weight. In all honesty, the number on the scale is the least of my concern. For me, it’s about my health and how I feel in my body. I know this weight isn’t good for me and the last time I was here I was looking at diabetes in my future. I also feel uncomfortable because my clothes don’t fit right, my thighs chafe, and I just don’t feel like me. I’m 35 pounds heavier than my normal weight and being so short (5’2″) it feels like twice that!

I’m back from vacation and rekindled my relationship with health. I’m making better food choices. Planning my meals ahead of time, choosing fresh produce and ingredients whenever I can, cutting sugar, and drinking lots of water. I’m also getting more active by going for walks, racing with my daughters, and just moving more throughout the day instead of sitting for such long periods.

While I’m aware this is probably way more than you bargained for when you decided to read this post, I just wanted to share that my perspective with exercise has changed. Growing up it was something I really enjoyed because it was an activity. As I got older, it was something I dreaded because there was a result tied to it. A result that can take a while to see and is easier to undo than achieve. Plus I stopped looking for activities and joined gyms which I just don’t enjoy. I’ve had to learn to focus on what I have to gain (good health) instead of what I have to lose (weight). When I look at it like that, it’s much easier for me to opt for yogurt with Chia seeds, granola, and an apple for a spoon than pancakes. It’s easier for me to choose to park a little farther away or take a brisk scenic walk than to drive everywhere and get the closest spot.

This is just my journey in real time that I wanted to share with anyone who might find it relatable and encouraging.Β I’d like to encourage you to evaluate your relationship with your health and analyze your perspective if you aren’t where you want to be. What things can you reframe that can support you to reach your goals? Feel free to share your thoughts on this post and any tips or helpful perspectives you have that might benefit others. Please be mindful that everyone’s struggle isn’t weight related. I also don’t consider weight the sole indication of health.Β 

Sending you lots of love and wishing you all that you need to support good health in your life!

-Niki Meadows

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22 thoughts on “How a Test Result Helped Changed My Perspective of Exercise

  1. My formula for success: 1) Count those calories! 2) Walk 3-4 days a week 3) Hit the gym the other 3 days 4) Don’t deny yourself- eat what you like (long as it’s not all candy!) I’m down almost 40 pounds by sticking to this simple formula!

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  2. I’m so glad to hear you managed to find a perspective that works for you – I definitely believe that we should find a sport or even types of exercises we enjoy so we look forward to rather than dreading them. Also it’s good to make it sociable, go for long walks to catch up with friends πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing! x

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    1. I agree! When I moved across the country, my old roommate and I had a fitness challenge. We’d text each other our workouts so that we’d motivate each other to keep going. Now I love to do that with apps where friends and I challenge each other to walk or run a certain distance over a month. It’s a fun way to push forward! Glad you enjoyed this post! ❀

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story.
    It is really amazing how our health is dependent on our choices. How all of it is in our hands.
    It’s easy to blame circumstances rather than ourselves.
    Of course we are not always the reason … But we always have the power to change our current state of being. Thank you for this reminder ! ❀

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  4. I tossed out my scale weighing habits.
    I too fluctuate. Some days when I am sad, I look for love in food. Still.
    I’m strong enough to bounce back and admittedly weak some days.
    Still I love myself, flaws and all.

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    1. I haven’t owned a scale ever in my adult life. I only weigh myself at doctors visits and use my jeans and my guide. I’m more about size and how I feel in my clothes. Now it’s not even that and just about how I feel in my body. I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for stopping by ❀

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  5. I can totally relate to this and I’m glad you developed a positive attitude towards your health. I’m like a giant at 6 feet and 190 pounds or so, my weight fluctuates. At a point I drastically reduced my intake of food and lost weight but gained it back. Since then, I’ve decided eating healthy and doing exercises I enjoy is the best. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Simon! While my body doesn’t look the way it once did, I’ve accepted that unless it’s a priority it won’t. So until the way I look is more important to me than the other things that I fill my time with, I’m going to keep finding ways to maintain my health and enjoy life. It’s too short for me to worry about weight. πŸ™‚

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      1. My body doesn’t look the way it once it either, but looking at you it doesn’t matter as you always look amazing and I can tell you take care of yourself. Sure things slip sometimes but that’s everyone right? For me the everyday dictates my priorities. ☺️❀️

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