Healthwise

Last night I watched for the first time ABC’s reality show, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss. The girl, Sally, weighed in at 335 pounds and was 5’9″.  At the end of the show she weighed in at 197. WOW! That is like a whole person.

And she did it all in one year. 365 days.

As I watched I had to fight the urge to get up and run my 2 miles. I was feeling the need to not be a couch potato, I wanted desperately to exercise and run.  Running was out and I did exercise some after the show.

I mentioned to my sister-in-law, who was watching the show with me how much I wanted to get up and run. She said I didn’t need to because I was already healthy.

I was thinking on that this morning. I am healthier than I have been in a long time. But am I truly healthy? I  don’t know. I eat mostly healthy foods. Right now I’m running about 6 and one-half miles a week. (Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.  A three years ago I was running 24.) Which is good. I’m not necessarily going to win any marathons, or even a 5K, I am lapping everyone on the couch.

I’ve mentioned before that I have lost about 45 pounds in the past couple of years. I’ve worked somewhat hard at it. I can’t say it has been difficult, most of it was done through dietary changes.  Those aren’t difficult unless you have a problem telling yourself “no”.

I was thinking this morning and I wondered where we got the idea that a fat baby was healthy and a skinny adult was healthy? Do you know? I’m clueless.

Skinny does not equal healthy. Just like vegan does not equal healthy. (T’is true! Oreos are completely vegan, think how much weight you would lose eating those. Yeah, not much is right.) Large does not mean a person is unhealthy.

Yes, being over weight and being obese are HUGE problems in America. (pun completely intended.) But what is a healthy weight for someone might not be a healthy weight for someone else.

If I am healthy, it is not just because I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight. Health does not depend on the scale.

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