Numbers

Miles ran, miles rode, calories burned, calories eaten, steps taken, heart rate, weight, pants size, numbers, numbers, numbers.

Often times we get caught up in numbers.

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For someone who is constantly active, numbers are a big part of my lifestyle. If I wear a heart rate monitor while working out I can see how high my heart rate is increasing and I can see how many calories I have burned. If I take or teach a cycling class I can see how many miles I rode or how high my watts were on the bike. Seeing these numbers can be very motivating. I know how hard I worked and can feel like I gave my workout 100% and feel successful because I gave it my all.

But at what point, can these numbers start messing with your head and that feeling of success is dependent upon these numbers? For example: I burned X amount of calories, that was good or that was not good enough. I ran X amount of miles, that was good or that was not good enough. I walked X amount of steps today, that was good or that was not good enough.

I like to monitor my feelings and decide when these numbers are having a negative effect on myself. 

Ever since the marathon and my torn labrum injury, I do not burn as many calories as I did when I was running 3-4 days a week. I have had to take more rest days, slow it down by receiving physical therapy, and try different workouts other than running. I have seen a change in my body because of it and I was seeing a change on the scale because of it.

That change in a number started to get me down. I had some irrational thinking- like maybe I shouldn’t be having snacks or maybe I need to cut this or cut that out of my diet. Then I realized, the number was having a negative effect on me and I needed to cut it out of my life. So I stopped weighing myself a few months ago and now it is just not a worry to me.

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I like wearing a heart rate monitor to see how hard I am working in a cycling class, however when I start to get down or obsessed with the number of calories burned or how high my HR gets, I back off of it for a bit and I don’t wear it for a few weeks. I can still lift weights and cycle and work out and listen to my body rather than a watch.

I am more than a number. I work hard, I fuel my body with healthy food, I eat chocolate and ice cream, I cook and bake for loved ones, I am dealing with an injury, I am following my passions.

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Photo Credit: Table Cat Studios

I am more than a number. You are more than a number. We are more than a number.

Thanks Amanda for the Thinking Out Loud Link-Up!

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2 thoughts on “Numbers

  1. YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PERSON!! You are such an incredibly positive person even when you are feeling down about something, and that is a huge inspiration to me. You are beautiful inside and out!! You look phenomenal and I’m so jealous of your muscles!! Great post my love. I definitely get caught up in the #’s too. I just took my fibit off all weekend I was away to get a break!!

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