Back when I started this project, I wrote about how I’ve hated my body for as long as I can remember. But in the last few weeks something in me has changed, and it’s down to that question in the title. For me, that question signifies a shift in mindset which has enabled me to become, for the first time in my life, truly body-positive. So what changed?

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I was never keen on PE in school. For me, it was a waste of time I could spend on other things; when I move to sixth form and was given Wednesday afternoons off for ‘games’ I spent the time in the Music block practising violin. I was never motivated to exercise and enjoyed only a few of the activities on offer, particularly since in upper years I worked hard at my equestrian centre for ten hours a week and rode regularly. Then for a long time after I left school and switched riding centres I thought that ‘exercise’ was just built into my daily routine as I walked around college. It wasn’t until my gap year when I didn’t have any regular, intentional exercise set up in my routine that I suddenly realised how important that time dedicated to focusing on my body and its fitness really was.

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I’ve loved walking since I first visited the Lake District aged 10. The revelation that my own two feet could take me to the top of fells and mountains, through valleys and woodland, was amazing to me. I could do anything and go anywhere just using the body I already had. In last week’s #PrettyHealthyProject post I set a goal for this week: to take at least 10,000 steps every day this week, keeping count with my FitBit. It was a really interesting challenge and much, much harder than I anticipated, but it really has made a difference.

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The one realisation I am constantly returning to as I undertake the #PrettyHeathyProject is how when learning to live a healthier lifestyle everything comes down to choice. Working out how to navigate this seemingly endless array of decisions can be pretty daunting, and it’s easy to see why so many people revert back into old habits. But it isn’t impossible! Here are three ways to support making healthier food choices.

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There’s a lot of talk in the ‘wellness’ world about the importance of creating routines. A quick search brings up endless blogposts on becoming a ‘morning person’ or ways to improve your evening. I am not discounting the importance of waking up well, improving sleep quality or supporting productivity through habit and practice. For me, the important thing is figuring out routines that work for you.

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