I’m sitting here on a Sunday night watching One Nation Overweight on CNBC* and all I can do is cringe. According to statistics quoted on the show, nearly two~thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Yikes! My entire family on my father’s side is overweight/obese and so are a few people on my mother’s side. The odds are not in my favor… Right now, I weigh 163 lbs and I’m 5’5″. My BMI is 27.1. I’m overweight. I’m thisclose to being considered obese. That is incredibly scary. I’m only 37 years old, I still have a long life ahead of me.
When I look in the mirror, I see a chunky girl who could stand to lose a few pounds but I’ve never seen myself as overweight, borderline obese. I’m healthy, probably healthier than I’ve ever been in my entire adult life. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are low, my cancer hasn’t returned and I can walk 3 miles without breaking a sweat. Funny thing, though, my doctor didn’t say anything about my weight. I wonder if doctors talk to their patients about weight issues? But I have to do more and get my weight down. Ideally, my weight should be somewhere between 127 and 141 lbs. This means a renewed focus on getting my weight under control.
I did it before and I can do it again. However, this time it’s about more than vanity, now it’s about my health. So my healthy commitment this week is to take care of myself and rise above this funk that I’ve been in and take care of myself. That means no emotional eating, drinking more water and getting back into the gym. Miss 16 has offered to go running with me and the other kids want to go walking on the Back Mountain Trail again. So this time, it’ll be a family thing. Yay!
*Although the focus of the show was on the economic impact of obesity on healthcare costs, they did discuss the health risks associated with being overweight/obese. In a time where healthcare costs are skyrocketing, it would be wise to consider the costs associated with being unhealthy.