Thursday, March 14, 2013
What Did They Do Before Dr. Oz?
From my postings, it's obvious that we eat a generally healthy diet and that we are active. Can't that be enough? We like to eat and our goal is to be well fed, responsibly, with the aim to live long healthy lives. Is it really that important that we look thin? I am so far away from ever looking thin again, that I've given up caring. It's not that I've given up -- it's that I don't buy a bogus message motivated my commerce. Someone who wants to sell us books, programs, food, advice, web-services, etc.
I am overweight by my BMI. Yet my waist measurement falls under the threshold for what is considered healthy. My waist to hip ratio puts me in the lowest/healthiest range there is. My blood pressure is as low as it can be without bordering into unhealthy low territory. We eat whole foods, exercise, stretch and try not to stress, never smoke, drink only moderately (OK, heavily at parties!). But because we don't fit into the made-for-television physique form, we must be fat and unhappy. We are the shameful Americans with thick middles!
My god honest biggest fear in life is that my husband will get sick and die or be killed in an accident. That's it. It is the only thing I fear. But I can control that to a certain extent. By making sure we eat healthy foods and exercise, we raise our life expectancy. Fitting into a smaller pair of jeans really isn't going to be doing that much more for us. So, I don't know about you -- but I'm willing to let that goal go!