Editor’s Note: this post is part of the current series of posts submitted by healthy living bloggers on what health means to them. We are no longer taking submissions on this topic and will soon open the floor to a new topic.
This post is brought to you by Jasmine at Eat Move Write.
I used to be more than 200 pounds overweight, so health to me has a whole lot to do with all the things that “normal” people (people like me now) take for granted. Health to me means being able to walk more than a few feet without crippling pain, the ability to get through a turnstile without breaking a sweat, being able to run just because I feel like it. I remember telling my friends and family, “I don’t need to be skinny. I just want to be normal.” Well, now I am, and being “normal” brings me endless joy. There are so many simple things that I can do now that I couldn’t do before. I don’t have to sleep in a special position that prevents my fat from weighing down my chest (which used to cause sleep apnea). I don’t have to carry my inhaler everywhere I go.
Health means being able to live your life without being prisoner to your body or, even worse, to illness or disease. I remember people telling me that if you have your health, you have everything. And, it’s funny that I didn’t realize how true that was until I finally had my health again. I had grown so accustomed to being in pain, to struggling to breath, to having people help me bathe or walk up a flight of stairs or tie my shoes that I didn’t have any idea how incredibly freeing it would be to actually be healthy. It’s beautiful.
When people visit my blog, I often get comments about my positivity, about my “healthy” outlook on life and fitness, perhaps despite the fact that I’m not technically all that thin (and the fact that I always feel the need to apologize for that…). I still have a ways to go to reach what I feel would truly be my healthiest me, but I realize that part of getting there is the getting there. It’s the health of your journey, not of your goal. It’s recognizing that part of being your healthiest you is being your happiest you. It’s accepting your past. It’s accepting each pitfall, and embracing the person you’ve become because of it, or maybe even, despite it.
Being healthy to me is being able to see how far I’ve come, and letting the pride I feel in those accomplishments fuel the fire that keeps me going.
Thanks for reading,
Jasmine, Eat Move Write
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