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MAYHEM – First few weeks in Sydney!

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Week 1 & 2

I arrived on Sunday morning (29th January) after travelling through the night for 8 hours. Safe to say that I did not get much shut-eye. My aunt came to pick me up from the airport and we were off to an extended family CNY lunch.

Rushed back to my aunt’s place to repack my bag to move to my friend’s place (Ming). THANK GOD she was staying just 10 minutes away from my 1st placement site. That takes away the transport-planning stress.

God’s timing is PERFECT! They just got the place a week before I arrived. I moved in BEFORE she did. I guess I “warmed” up her room for her.

IMG_1427So GRATEFUL to have this gem in my life. :) Always looking out for me and worrying about me not having a BED/TABLE/CHAIR etc. I thank God for YOU! I would have been homeless and lost for the first 2 weeks in Sydney! Thanks for your awesome room! LOVE YOU!

IMG_4594Also, Woolies was right next to us (THANK GOD!). I went to grab food to survive the week. Came back, made some food, set aside my clothes for the next day and it was time for bed. I WAS COMPLETELY SMASHED by the end of the day.

FullSizeRenderWoke up extra early the next day to test the transport system (CANNOT BE LATE ON THE FIRST DAY!). It was all good, taking only 10 mins by bus.

First week of placement went really well! Everyone is SO NICE. I have 3 very lovely supervisors. Very excited for the upcoming weeks!IMG_4669The Nutrition and Dietetics department sure knows how to throw a party!


 

It was a lot for me to swallow in just one week. Leaving home on the first day of Chinese new year + Packing and moving + New suburb + New place + First day of placement + Getting used to regular working hours + Stress from placement + Transport system + Exploring my surroundings + Shopping and cooking + Cleaning + Working out… and just trying to get back to a normal routine and life. I am a person that lives on a routine. I like to have it all in my head (at least). It has been a challenging week of just trying to adjust to what I have.

At the same time, I was frantically looking for a place to stay! I spent HOURS and 3 out of 6 precious Gbs of data that I had just looking/msg-ing/email-ing practically every place I could find.

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Hannah Banana! <3 Much needed catch up sesh! Again, so thankful to have her in my life. We spent the day walking, shopping, eating and pouring our hearts out! Just what we needed. :)

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Background story:

I have 5 placement sites this semester. They are all over the place. To me, TIME is very precious. I’d rather move 5 times than to spend my days in the bus/train travelling for a total of 3 hours. And so, the house hunt quest continues!


FINALLY, at the end of week 1, I found a new temporary home for placement sites 1 and 2. There’s a twist to the story. Minutes after we had settled and arranged everything, the landlord had to cut my stay short by 2 weeks (due to something he claimed was a “long story”). I was at the mall and tears literally rolled down my face. I was just TOO STRESSED OUT! GAH!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetMoved out of Ming’s place after 2 weeks and into my new home for the next 4 weeks!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAs of today, I still have no idea where I’m staying for those 2 weeks. That’s a worry for another day. HAAAAA! Currently living out of my suitcase.

Snapshots of my life:

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetTake time out for yourself, clear your mind, focus, pray and just CHILL. #doyou

IMG_5776This is dinner… most of the time. Along with some veges, meat and fruit.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetCheers to 1 dollar pineapples!

IMG_5510And 2.50 mangoes! SUMMER FRUITS! YUMMMMM!

IMG_4601Lunch.

IMG_5795OD-ed on sushi rolls. I’ve been having this every single day! SO GOOD!

IMG_5540Conducted a small group education session for the Drug and Alcohol group on FIBRE AND HEALTHY POO!

IMG_5515Got them to make all the different types of poo from play dough! SO FUN!

IMG_5541They were very cooperative when it came to making the poo and the reading of food labels. Phew!

IMG_5666Our nutrition booth for Australia’s Healthy Weight Week! It was such a good time getting ppl to play the “guess how many tsp of sugar is in this drink” game, filling out quizzes and giving simple education on healthy eating and exercise! #wellbeing #healthylife #lifestyle


3 weeks down! I cannot THANK GOD enough for seeing me through this time. Indeed, I am NOTHING without Him. Feeling very blessed and realized how much I have taken “convenience” for granted. Just grateful to live another day!

Everyone goes through tough times. Social media can be deceiving. Ppl seem to think I have it easy but you don’t know what goes on BTS.

The next time you face a tough period, don’t ask God “WHY ME”, instead ask “Show me YOUR will and YOUR power”.

 

Side note: I’ve been in the gastro/oncology wards and it has made me realize that HEALTH is WEALTH. Appreciate what you have and the body that you are living in. CHEERS!

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SUMMER BREAK 2016 – MALAYSIA

Hello from the OTHER SIDE

… again!

Reporting live from Sydney! Thank God I made it back in one piece (barely actually. haha). I FEEL SO EXHAUSTED. Sorry for being MIA (again!). I was busy with moving (2nd time and counting), work and most importantly, I HAD NO WIFI! #toughlife


The days leading up to my flight back to Sydney were absolute chaos (the good and the bad kind). Good because I had a lot of catch ups and meet ups. Bad because well, panic packing (HAAAAA!).

Leaving home for the second time was tough. You’re no longer going to a new place. While I have many other different things to look forward to (placement program, new temporary accommodation, meeting new ppl etc), there’s still that sense of familiarity. I’m not too sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Maybe it is neutral. I guess I’m anxious and excited at the same time. Excited that I’ll be going back and starting a new sem but ANXIOUS BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. GAHHHH!

But either way, I MISS HOME!

This is going to be a tough semester. It will be a steep learning curve on my end. Praying that I’ll stay sane and that all goes well!

NOT ready to do life (HAHAHAH!). I hope I will be able to update my blog and write as often as I would like to.


Let’s jump back to my summer break in MALAYSIA.

It was a good 2 months back home. I was able to do whatever I wanted to do and also catch up with family and friends.

My last 2 weeks in Malaysia (felt like dejavu from the last time I left) were “difficult”. SO many things had happened in that short span of time that I cannot even begin to describe what I went through. It felt like I was stuck in a blackhole. When you’re feeling everything between the extreme ends of the emotional meter, you just feel detached from reality. #lostRomans 15-13

In between the series of unfortunate events, I was able to see the silver lining (THANKFULLY!). There were also many things to be grateful for.


 

Shoving all unhappiness aside, I was VERY productive. I had written a long to-do list the minute I came home. I did not get through half of it until the last 2 weeks! We seem to able to function under pressure.

I felt a sense of urgency. Humans are funny. We only seem to appreciate when we lose/about to lose something. Just like how we only start to take care of ourselves when something goes wrong (sickness, disease etc) or how we seem to be able to complete an assignment 5 hours before it is due.

For me (and others), I felt the NEED to DO things and to SEE people (before going back to Sydney). Thank you to each and every one of you for spending your time with me (you know who you are).

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I guess my point is that we don’t DO enough or APPRECIATE enough until we don’t have the luxury of it anymore (whatever “it” is).

Don’t wait till it is too late. JUST DO IT!

This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to just be present. I still find it difficult to BE in the moment. My mind is always in the future, worrying and thinking of what is ahead.

Ok, I shall not bore you with how I feel.


HIGHLIGHTS of my summer break:

IMG_1669First meal back home!

Had an extended family dinner the day I arrived! ALL THE MALAYSIAN FOOD! SO SO SO GOOD! Catching up with family over food is the best.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSIEW BAOS! Only the best from Jln Imbi. OH How I’ve missed you!

IMG_1955And of course, POPIAH! This uncle still remembers my special order.

IMG_1906Seafood dinner for my aunt’s birthday.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFamily Wefie! It’s a thing now.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetTHUG LIFE with the granny.

FullSizeRender_1 copy 4Made it back in time to celebrate the life of this VERY SPECIAL PERSON. <3 Thanks for ALWAYS being there and having my back.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetOverdue massage sesh. Too much walking in Sydney. #toughlife haha!

IMG_1975Very old issue of Running Malaysia but I was still able to have that 5 seconds of fame-fan-moment.

IMG_2208Camp commy for this year’s VBSJourney Off the MapSORTA. Fell sick for the FIRST TIME in 2016 on the VERY first day of VBS! Talk about good timing (I BLAME ALL THE FOOD!).

On that note, I really thank God for my health throughout my time in Sydney. I had ZERO signs of sickness. #blessed

IMG_4473Tres Amigas Buenas! <3 ALWAYS a good time with these 2! #forlife

IMG_2429Trio! So good to catch up on each other’s lives. We’ve changed so much over the years but glad to know that some things still remain the same. :)

IMG_2258TT – Track Tuesday! I can ALWAYS count on them to crack lame jokes and to provide relevant updates on running/non-running/useless info in our group chat! I literally LAUGH OUT LOUD every time! So good to have them around.

IMG_2821MMT’s Tom, Dick and Harry’s 7th Anniversary! WOOHOO! Always feel right at home with this bunch. :) Ever so supportive!

IMG_2828The girls <3

IMG_2830Trying to recreate our last pose. 😛

IMG_2714And of course, PUMA! <3 So much has changed. A lot of our “old” members have grown out of the group and moved on in their running life (very happy for them!). It was good to see the “new wave”.

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These 2. When we are together, we’re the loudest. #noshame #goodtimes!

IMG_3785MONASH-ians! <3 We haven’t seen each other in a long time but it felt just like our uni days. And hello JANEY!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSummer job at Fit Orange! I wouldn’t call it a “JOB”. More like PLAYTIME!

 

IMG_3582Decided to dedicate my time to training my brother. 2 months of working out consistently! #gains He is so much stronger and healthier now. I will definitely miss our training sessions together! I am glad to know that he has kept the momentum going. Always asking me for workouts and a plan. #happytears #allthefeels #proudsis

IMG_4140Getting my legs fixed at APPLE PHYSIO! Happy to announce that I am FEELING A LOT BETTER! Slowing getting back into the swing of things… VERY very very slow that is. I have come to realise that I am in it for the long run. Why rush?

Just enjoying every moment I get to MOVE! #grateful

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThese guys… JOKERS! So full of themselves. #runningbrunchbuddies

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FullSizeRender_1 copyThanks Jason for the invite! Got a chance to try my very first spinning class! SO MUCH FUN!

Seriously, give it a go! You’ll be sweating buckets. Oh, and you are required to strap on a HR monitor… NO CHEATING!

PUSH! No pain, no GAIN!

IMG_3995Gong Xi Fa Cai with the #Garminbuddies

FullSizeRender copyMore session at Apple! I have a long way to go! THANKS JESS! <3 If you’re looking for a good physio, well, you’re looking at one! 😉

FullSizeRender copy 7With my fav kid! <3 Board games night with the church mates till… 2am?

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHeart to heart talks and pigging out with Sylvia. What we do best! <3

 

IMG_4005Crab feast courtesy of Colin @ Crazy Crabs!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetIndian food. 30 ringgit for a roti in Sydney… I’ll be missing this!

FullSizeRender copy 5Lou sang with TT. So much laughter... my tummy was hurting!

FullSizeRender copy 2Brother’s 15th Birthday! <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI miss having my kakak around! She has been with me for 27 years and counting! She is ALWAYS looking out for me and cooking all my fav foods. She knows me too well. <3

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSpecial thanks to Garmin Malaysia for all their SUPPORT in my fitness journey. From running to gym based workouts. These watches are so versatile, there is a function for everything! When I got injured, I was still able to track my HR, workouts, cycling etc!

IMG_4301Catching up with Lucas and his #rants. #jokes!

IMG_4261Always fooling around and having a good time at Fit Orange, talking about all things HEALTH and FITNESS!

FullSizeRender copy 4The bosses behind Fit Orange! Thank you once again for this awesome opportunity to explore EMS!

FullSizeRender_4Already missing this kid T_T!

FullSizeRender_3Lou sang with runners and someone who plays a crucial role in a runner’s life (physiotherapist!). Haha! Special thanks to Kian Ming for dinner!

FullSizeRender_2Special Lou Sang set @ Runner’s Cafe! It was really good, something different! If you’re a runner and live in Malaysia, CHECK THEM OUT!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetKC girls unite! I love how we just… CLICK! <3 #friendshipgoals

FullSizeRender_1ICE CREAM! #shamelessselfie #selfiestick #notmine

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetLast run in KL before I leave! Shoes were washed and ready to go! Oh, and thanks to Puma Malaysia for these AWESOME minimalist kicks!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFinally got to meet Kian Ming and his wife, Ee Leng! Before this, we’ve only ever “seen” each other on social media. I love how that brings people together! Thanks for being so genuine, down to earth, supportive, encouraging and #real. 

Somebody has got a goal to hit this year. 😉 Watch out world!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetRunning TWIN! She’s always keeping me up to date about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! I’m still amazed at how similar we are – food and running! I miss running with you! Come to Sydney for a run kay? All the best to your #roadtosub345! That goal is yours, go get it! :)

IMG_4552MCKL-ians! Missing our Skype sesh! This bunch will ALWAYS be there when you need em. LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! <3

IMG_4563Last yummy dinner before I left for Sydney!

Pre-CNY family dinner! <3 MISSING YOU GUYS! <3


Just some of the BEST bits of my Summer! I’m sure I’ve missed out on many other things. I apologise in advance if I’ve left you out (def not intentional)!

SO SORRY to those that I’ve not been able to catch up with! Next round.

Back to reality now. Back to the grind!


Keep an eye out for another update…

because HELLO WIFI!

 Till then, keep doing #YOU!

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4 Things to Think About Before Picking a Fitness Program

HIIT? Spinning? Body Pump? Barre? Swimming? Dancing? Yoga? Hot Yoga? Pilates? EMS? CrossFit? Running? Cycling? WHAT?!

Fitness programs and facilities are popping up like mushroooms. If you are not already confused about what is out there, I can tell you that I AM! We are swamped with information on fitness/health/nutrition all over the internet and social media. There are programs promising anything from fast/immediate fat loss to super strength gains etc.

It has become increasingly difficult to decide what is best for you. (I FEEL YOU!)


Before you jump on any program or if you don’t even know where to start, here are some things for you to think about:

1. Fitness Goals

Whatever you choose to get into, make sure that they are aligned with your fitness goals. Are you looking to lose weight? Gain strength? Or increase flexibility, mobility and stability?

Once you have written down your goals, it is easy to decide what to do in order to achieve them. Or, if you already have your goals but unsure of which is the best method, get help from a fitness professional!

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My previous goals were to run longer and faster. So, obviously running was all (almost) I ever did. Many people used to laugh at the idea that I was a cardio junkie or thought that I was crazy. Running has always gotten a bad rep in terms of its effectiveness in weight loss. Well, not everyone’s goal is to lose weight! I agree that if your goal is to lose weight, there are other more effective ways.

If you are training for a marathon, you’ll be out there pounding the pavement instead of spending most of your time in the weight room (and vice versa).

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SET YOUR GOALS!

2. Interest

This is a no brainer. You HAVE to pick what YOU LIKE! Pick a sport/training program that YOU enjoy.FullSizeRender_1

If you like running, GO AHEAD! If you like weights/heavy lifting, GO AHEAD!

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3. Sustainability

This point is closely related to interest. If you are not interested, you won’t be able to sustain it for long.

Fitness is a LONG TERM ON GOING journey and it should be a part of your lifestyle/routine. It is NOT a trend or a fad that you pick up, hit your goal and drop it. You’re in it for the long run.FullSizeRenderFind your BALANCE!

Whatever you pick, make sure that it is sustainable both financially and mentally. Of course, there is no harm in hopping around from one training/exercise to another. THERE ARE NO RULES!

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As long as you’re happy and healthy!

4. Community

Everyone performs better with support. Having people around you that support your goals or have the same interest MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE!

They will be there to pick you up when you fall, to motivate you, to keep you accountable and listen to all your fitness related goals/chatter (HAAAA!).

FullSizeRenderProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI would not have achieved so much in running without the help of the people around me (you know who you are!).

The running community was there to share, motivate, encourage and push me beyond my capabilities.

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Before you pick a program, THINK about these points!

Hope this helps! 😀

Happy training!

xoxo

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New Year, New You?

HAPPY 2017!

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And yes, it is that time of the year again! That time where we tend to set unrealistic goals for ourselves. I am guilty of that (Haaaaaaaa!).

While we are still feeding off the new-year-new-you spark to keep the flame going, here are some things to think about to set the tone for the year ahead!

1. Think SMALL

The word “small” tends to get more negative vibes. We like BIG things. BIG car, BIG house, dream BIG, do BIG things, BIG changes…… There is nothing wrong with doing BIG things or thinking BIG. But before the BIG, there is the humble SMALL.

SMALL, SIMPLE and effective steps are needed to achieve BIG things. Do one small thing each day that will get you to your BIG goal.IMG_6350

Example 1:

BIG GOAL: 5 serves of vege and 2 fruits a day

SMALL steps:

-Opt for vege snacks in the morning

-More vege in your lunch/dinner

-Add a piece of fruit to curb the sweet arvo cravings

Example 2:

BIG GOAL: FIT and HEALTHY

SMALL step: 10 minutes of exercise every day

When you set SMALL goals, they are more achievable. Your brain will tell you that it is “easy” to achieve. We tend to DO it when our brain perceives it as an “easy” task. We all know we procrastinate when it comes to doing “hard work”.FullSizeRender_2

Those SMALL easy tasks will soon become habits. And once it becomes a habit, you can build on them. Ie: Going from 10 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes and beyond.

2. PRIORITY

Everyone is “BUSY”. But there are only a handful who are REALLY BUSY. And even for those who are REALLY BUSY, they still manage to find time to do the things they need/want/love.

The key thing is to PRIORITISE. I’m sure you have a hundred things going on on your to-do list right now.

Start by making that SMALL list. PRIORITISE which you would like to achieve or are important to you. It can be anything from family, friends, work, life, fitness, health, nutrition etc.FullSizeRender_1

I used to prioritise work over family. Oh how I’ve changed! I guess as you get older, you realise that your family is getting (even) older! Time flies and before you know it, precious time spent with them will slip through your fingers. I am spending so much time with my family now and they are my no.1 (after God that is). PLUS, I still get to do the things that I want to do! 😀

*MAKE THAT LIST!*

3. Discipline

Motivation comes and goes. DISCIPLINE is going to keep you going. WORK that like a muscle. FEED it, GROW it, TRAIN it!MOTIVATION

This applies to all areas of life. Family, work, responsibilities, health, fitness, nutrition…

If you have to do it or if you want it, then just DO IT.

After making that small list and prioritising each item, be discipline enough to follow through! Tell yourself that you have to do it.

Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT!

4. BE Grateful

No matter where you’re at in life, be grateful.FullSizeRender_3

The world does not owe you anything. Be grateful for what you have, for where you’re at while working towards what you want. Never be greedy. These days, we are all too fixated on living “the life” (whatever that means to you) that we lose sight of what we have. Being able to LIVE and BREATHE is already something that we should be grateful of. Focus on what REALLY MATTERS in life.

To me, only GOD can fill that empty void. That empty, lonely, deep void can only be filled with the LOVE of GOD. In HIM, I have everything. I am FULL.


This year was a little different for me. I did not “feel” it. I did not have that gush of passion, energy, dreams and resolutions pumping through me. I guess I have come to realise that you can change, set goals and achieve whatever you want, whenever you want!

You don’t need a new year, a new day, a new week or a new month to make a change. Change is always happening.

Life is a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG journey. It is what you do every other day that matters. :) Step by step. It all adds up and it all counts!FullSizeRender

If you had a bad first week of 2017, so what? There’s another one coming right up!

Hope this helps!

xoxo

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#RAW: Transformation

HOLA to all my readers! 😀

I know I have been SLACKING a LOT in 2016 (thankfully, 2017 is just around the corner. An excuse to start over :P).

Blogging is NOT easy! It is pretty time consuming. While I love to blog for fun, I also want to make sure that the content that I put on here IS BACKED UP by science. I want to provide my readers with the latest (and accurate) information! Plus, I am a perfectionist. So it takes EXTRA effort just to make sure that I get everything right.

Thank you for bearing with me! I love each and every one of you and I am SO grateful for your suppport. More posts coming up (Hopefully!).


I want to share a little about my recent “transformation”.

If you’ve been following me here (the blog) or on my Instagram (@adelewlp) or FaceBook, you would have known that I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis since June 2016. It came to a point where I had no choice but to give up running… completely!IMG_3125When a runner stops running…

It was quite timely. My body needed a break but I was not ready, mentally. Since picking up racing in 2014, I had not stopped running or racing. I did not take any sort of break (even after my first Full Marathon). I just kept pushing.


Fear

A huge part of me was afraid of losing the progress that I’ve made. I was at my fittest (or close to). I knew that I had not reached my peak and I just wanted to keep going.FullSizeRender_1

I love challenges and I like to set goals. When I have set my mind to it, I would usually go all out and do whatever it takes to get there. My goal was to reach my peak (whatever that was). I was so fixated on that goal that I lost sight of everything else. Training was very time consuming and I had to sacrifice many things along the way.

Self Love and Self Confidence

You truly are your worst enemy. It was easy for me to help other people but I was very hard on myself. Whenever I failed to achieve what I wanted, I would “punish” myself. Either through more running (even if it hurt) or not letting myself eat my fav treat (HAHAHHA! I LOVE FOOD!).Processed with VSCO with f2 presetIn many ways, I also lacked self confidence. I was afraid of taking off days. I wasn’t confident in myself. I feared I could not bounce back after a rest day (although I have proven myself wrong many times!). I was afraid that the rest day could potentially turn into a rest week, month or years! WHO KNOWS! Those were my thoughts. CRAZY I KNOW!

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“Ideal” Racing Weight

When it comes to running performance, body weight matters. Everyone has an ideal racing weight. As your weight increases, the cost of energy increases. This translates to slower times.FullSizeRender_1

It is a fine line between your best racing weight and staying within your healthy weight range. My best racing weight was very difficult to maintain. It was especially hard for me because I LOVE ICE CREAM AND CAKE. In essence, I did not have enough body fat. I may have been running well, but I was not healthy.

Identity

Running is a big part of me. I love it. FullSizeRenderI was a runner. I was known as one. Running was my everything. It consumed me. I lived and breathed the sport. And I guess in many ways, I didn’t want to “lose my identity”.

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When my injury pushed me to give it up (for now), I struggle for a bit. But God showed me nothing but grace. He helped me through and made me realise that there was more to life than just running. I started experimenting with other forms of workouts and activities, the ones that I have been wanting to do. I have been cycling, lifting weights and doing Kayla Itsines’s BBG guides. I was able to do more “interactive activities”. It was a huge change from what I was used to.

IMG_1300  IMG_0169 I was thrown out of my comfort zone. Was I afraid? YES! Am I settling for less? NO! This is not me giving up. This is me making decisions and doing what is BEST for me. I no longer need anything to validate my existence. Not my achievements, medals, trophies, certificates, or even running.

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I AM ENOUGH.


 I am stronger, both physically and mentally.

I know that I am capable. I know that I CAN!

IMG_3066I found myself. I found balance. I am learning to love every bit of me, both at my highest and at my lowest. God has given me this incredible body and it is my responsibility to love and take care of it.


I do not need a title to represent ME.

I am still the same person.

Disciplined. Determined. Stubborn.IMG_2864

BUT!

I now have:

Different goals. Different mindset. Different physical pursuit. Different concept of self.

I am who I am. It is as simple as that.

xoxo

*If you can relate and want someone to talk to, let me know :)*