Hi! I’m K! Nice to meet you! I am Chris’s wife and partner on the grind to help you live your healthiest life ever. Chris handed me the reins for this week’s blog.
Let’s talk about acceptance.
No, not that kind of acceptance.
I’m talking about acceptance as a way of understanding your current health status. Assenting. Giving in. Yielding. One of the best things you can do to move toward a healthier you? Accept where you are right now.
Yes, you heard that right.
It doesn’t matter if you think you are four pounds overweight or four hundred pounds overweight. If you avoid the scale, the act of hiding can become a prison in and of itself, and you can’t be free until you know where you are. How do you experience freedom? Step on the scale, look at the numbers, take a deep breath and accept the reading.
Your weight is only a snapshot in time. Would you mind avoiding attaching meaning to the number? You are not a bad person because you gained 5 or 10 or even 20 pounds in the past year. You are not a failure if you fell away from your health goals in 2020 because life turned upside down. You are a living, breathing human being because you stepped on the scale. That’s it. That’s all the number means. Accept your humanity along with knowing the number.
Ready for Changes? Maybe?
Some of you may want to take steps to change the number on the scale. If you do, I have a second piece of advice: don’t strategize a plan of attack until you see your doctor. The scale is simply a small measure for where you are on the health spectrum. Truthfully, the most freeing thing you can do is have a complete health checkup with a blood test. Don’t be afraid to do that either. Your primary care physician is your secret weapon.
The Avoidance Trap
Here’s my point with all of this: avoidance is a trap, a trap that can increase anxiety about your weight or your current health situation. Stay out of the trap by taking action in three ways. First, step on the scale and record your weight. Second, relax and accept your current state. Third, contact your doctor and request a health screening.
And once you relax and accept your health situation, exhale and stretch. You are free. You know where you are. Now, if you want to make changes toward a healthier future, let’s talk about that in the next blog.