Health: Body Envy
I would think many of us ladies have one part of our bodies that we hate. For me it is my thighs. Even when I weighed 90 lbs. I still had those thighs. I decided the thinner I was, the less noticeable my thighs were.
Until a few years ago, I weighed under 100 lbs. Even though I am only 5 ft. tall I was still proud to be thin. I ate mostly raw vegetables, fruit, popcorn and yogurt. Then I spent 2-3 hours a day in the gym. I really believed I needed to exercise enough to put my calorie count into the negative area. I avoided fat, sugar and meat. I considered myself super healthy.
Then I started getting health problems mainly Osteoporosis and Parkinson's Disease. I did not listen to my body. I never gave any thought to adjusting my diet or exercise according to how I felt. I thought pushing myself was a badge of honor. But I am blessed to have learned one of life's little lessons before it was too late.
I believe in the ebb and flow of life. What was good for me when I was 18 may not suit my body at 59. Finally 6 months after my heart surgery 3 years ago, I gained weight. Actually in places I did not like. My thighs ballooned out again. When I told my doctor, she was thrilled. She said, with my Osteoporosis it would help pad my hip bones if I fell. So it turns out my vanity was less important than my health. My body needed some fat to process the protein.
This all came together in my mind when I was looking through family photographs and spotted this picture of me at 8 years of age. My eyes went immediately to those thighs. Only this time I smiled. How wrong I was to think super thin at all cost was actually better for me.
Of course I know I could still lose a little weight, eat better and exercise more. But I am following the motto of " everything in moderation". I am listening to my body and I am actually feeling better now.
So for any of you ladies that look in the mirror wishing your body were different, remember the part of your body you hate may save your life one day.
Toni F. Lyerly
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