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Am I healthy enough?

An interesting question was raised by John Barban over here.  One I’ve been pondering a lot in the last year or so. I’ve weighed the same, within about a 5 lb range, for the last 2 years. Prior to that I lost a little over 100 lbs.

I’ve spent a good part of these last two years feeling dissatisfied. Irritated with an unfinished project. Unhappy that these last 20 lbs or so refuse to leave. Disgruntled with the extra skin, certain areas that are still flabby, etc.

See, because I had an idea of what I thought healthy was, which entailed a certain number on a scale and a certain jeans size.

Spending two years dissatisfied is not necessarily a healthy state of mind either.

Am I healthy?

I’m outside ideal weight and BMI ranges. However, my general shape is nice and I fit in what they say is the “average” size for an American female.  My numbers are stellar and have been for 2.5 years or so. Cholesterol went down, low BP, etc.  My doc said I’m the poster child for getting healthy the right way, after years of trying to get me to take statin drugs.  I eat to fuel my body with healthy, whole food and exercise regularly.  I’ve turned around many negative health behaviors.

My husband and I recently got a quote for life insurance. After they did the physical/blood work stuff, my insurance guy (he’s a young thing, probably thought my 40 y/o self and hubby were on a downhill slide away from healthy) called me back and said, “You guys are really healthy, aren’t you?”

“We try,” I said.

He informed me that our rates were going to be a healthy amount lower than his actuarial tables had told him to quote us, based on the results of the medical workup.

How often does that happen?

I have no idea, but I felt I must be doing something right.

So here’s what I’m left trying to figure out:

  1. How to remember to be grateful for how healthy I am.
  2. How to accept the physical shape I have.
  3. How to lose the last 20 lbs.
  4. Whether or not that’s an attainable goal.

I trust that I will if I keep my intent on being mindful and continue to do what feels right for me.

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