The other day, I shared a post on Instagram that really inspired me.
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I love this message, because it seems like many people have decided that thin = healthy and not thin = not healthy.
I’m not here to suggest that carrying 100 lbs of excess fat is healthy so let’s not get it twisted, however, you’re grossly oversimplifying things if you assume that thin and healthy are the same thing.
You can be thin and healthy. You can be thin and unhealthy.
You can be physically healthy and mentally not well.
I’m writing this to remind us all that there are many, many factors that go into this idea of “health” or “wellness”.
Are you happy?
Are you energetic?
Are you strong?
How are you sleeping?
How much stress do you have in your life?
Are you healthier than you were last year?
Are you improving?
Are you active?
Do you feel in control of your choices?
Do you have strong relationships in your life?
Let’s use me as an example. My mom has a lower body fat percentage than I do. Does that automatically mean she’s healthier than I am?
Most importantly: health isn’t comparative. It’s individual.
I’d love to encourage all of us to not compare health & wellness from one person to the next. Your health doesn’t have anything to do with mine. Your weight isn’t relative to mine.
Let’s compare your present level of health & wellness to where you’ve been, where you’re going, how you feel and how you want to feel.
Are you getting healthier? Happier? More connected? Less stressed?
That is the path, my friends.
It’s not about who is leaner than who or who is stronger or faster.
Weight loss isn’t synonymous with good or with healthy.
It’s time to create new perspectives.