It's wellness Wednesday and I'm rather late, but I just can't help it.
Checking Instagram during the day is one thing, but writing a post with kids running around is totally different.
Yesterday we spent a day in a fun park where almost all of the activities are just that - they involve being active. And if you ask me, this is the best way to stay active during any season, but especially during summer.
Few years back, before we had our second daughter, I used to spend 4 days a week in the gym. I loved it so much and hated to skip even a day. Imagine my disappointment when the summer came and I suddenly found that I couldn't last even 30 minutes due to the heat (the place didn't have air conditioning and windows could not be open). I still did my best to go and workout even for 20-30 minutes, but I was just exhausting myself to the point where I'd get dizzy and nauseous.
I had to change my routine for a shorter one but being in the orthorexic state of mind I was afraid that I'd be expending less energy and will lose my form, so I added more high intensity exercises and tried to perform them with the heaviest weight possible. Needless to say, I've exhausted myself even further and aggravated a long-existing knee injury and couldn't carry on like that. I had to switch to yoga and aqua aerobics instead.
Long time has passed, and with it passed my orthorexia (mild, as I like to call it). I am at peace with my body and do not like to exhaust myself with things that do not feel right. I like to stay active but my activities change all the time. Even though I'd like to go back to gym, I no longer go to one and my workouts could be a mix of yoga, weights and bodyweight exercises. They can be relatively slow or intense, and that's ok.
It didn't come without a change in the way my body looks. I am no longer 14% fat, I am about 17% or slightly more. I do not know. I am still in a good shape, still fit in size 6 or 8 (UK). I can eat chocolate and not be bothered. It's alright.