March 26, 2024

Five things I refuse to count this Easter

After a busy start to the year, I think it’s important to set boundaries to protect and prioritise your body and mind over the long weekend.

So, here are the five things I’m saying ‘no’ to this Easter:


1. I refuse to count calories

It makes me sad to think about how I used to find holidays like Easter triggering. Toxic diet culture made me believe that I couldn’t enjoy things like chocolate or hot cross buns, purely because society deemed them as ‘bad’ foods. I recently wrote a blog about why we don’t count calories at Kic – and I can promise you that I practice what I preach.

I now choose to look at food as fuel, to tune into my body, to be enjoyed with friends, eat intuitively and never restrict myself because of some number on the back of a packet.

2. I refuse to step on the scales

For too many years my morning routine involved stepping on the scales. I’d allow that stupid number to determine whether I was in for a good day or bad. If this sounds familiar, I’m here to remind you that your weight should NEVER determine your worth. I couldn’t tell you the last time I stepped foot on scales.

3. I refuse to focus on the pace of my runs

I’m currently doing our KICRUN Club 10-21km program (which you can still sign up for!), so my goal is to complete one of my runs over the weekend. Instead of pushing myself and striving for a PB, I’m choosing to tune into my breath and find a pace that feels good at that moment. Remember that if you choose to move your body this Easter, do it because of the way it makes you feel, not because society makes you believe that you should.

4. I refuse to focus on likes, views and follows

We can get so caught up in capturing content that we’re often taken away from the present moment. This long weekend I’m choosing to prioritise engagement with the people around me, rather than seeking engagement from those online.

5. I refuse to count how many hot cross buns I eat

It’s funny how hot cross buns hit the shelves as soon as Christmas is over, but for some reason I always forget how good they are until the week before Easter! To make up for lost time I’m going to make Kic’s Hot Cross Bun recipe – and eat as many as I feel like!

Whether your body is craving cardio or chocolate, it’s time we stop counting the barriers holding us back from feeling our best.

Laura Henshaw