The idea that there are obese people who are nonetheless healthy may be a myth.
Although some overweight or obese people have normal cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure — elements of so-called metabolic health — a new study suggests that obesity by itself increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and death.
Researchers analyzed 12 studies that had together followed more than 61,000 adults, most for at least 10 years. About 9 percent of the subjects were obese and metabolically healthy — that is, they had normal LDL, HDL and total cholesterol, along with healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The report was published online last week in Annals of Internal Medicine.
There are more than ten reasons to choose a healthy diet, but this list is a great starting point.
Last Tuesday I hit my lowest weight to date on my journey. Last Wednesday, I fluctuated up a pound. Thursday (Thanksgiving) - Sunday, I took a scale vacation. Today, I matched last Tuesday’s weight.
I don’t judge my self-worth by the numbers on the scale. Today, I see the number as external confirmation of an objective way to see whether I am on track to my life-affirming vision, which includes way more than just a number on a scale.
It’s like mile markers on the freeway. When I frequently drove 2-3 hours each way to go to a meeting that might only last an hour, I got to know the roads and the mile markers. When it was 11:30pm and snowing and I just wanted to get home, I could count down the mile markers, knowing that my exit was at #65. The exit itself meant nothing to me. 65 was just a number. It told me something about my journey. It was not, however, my goal. My goal was making real the vision of a hot cup of chamomile/lemongrass/spearmint tea in my comfy recliner, in from the snow and the stress of the drive.
My goal is to have the healthy, happy, less pain-filled, energetic, and vital life I can imagine. The numbers on the scale are one set of mile markers among several that show me how close I’m getting.
Tiki does get stressed, but she rarely gets desserts, no matter how often she asks.
As we move into the winter holidays, what happens to your stress level? How do you avoid the temptation to soothe stress with holiday baked goods and other treats?
Start getting your mind and body ready for a healthy holiday season. It’s the best gift you’ll give yourself this year.
To heck with starting on New Year’s! Greet the New Year lighter, healthier, and happier than you’ve been for a while. Give me a shout to find out how.
A friend challenged me today to be bold and personal in sharing my offer as a Health Coach. So I will. Now and in days to come.
I know what it’s like to be in the yo-yo cycle of losing and gaining weight. I’ve tried nearly every program known to humanity. I’ve lost weight and found it. I’m done with that. I’m done with the yo-yo.
I’ve found a program that works, not just for me, but for millions of people. It offers one-on-one support with me as your coach, a sustainable way to create and improve optimal health, and a safe and proven way to reach a healthy weight. It works even if you find it hard to exercise. It works whether you have a lot to lose or just a little. It works because all the people behind it are passionately committed to getting America healthy. It works because when I work with you as your coach, I journey with you in empathy and caring.
If you’ve given up on trying, if you’ve tried and succeeded, only to bounce back to where you were, AND if you want to be as healthy as you possibly can — email me at email@example.com. I’d love to talk with you and get you on the path that can truly change your quality of life.
Check out my website. Do yourself a favor like I did.
Where in your life do you fail to try?
Next time you let fear of failure stop you from trying, #stopchallengechoose - Stop yourself, challenge your thinking and emotions, and make the choice that fits in with what you truly want.
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Sarah chose to begin creating optimal health when she couldn’t play with her baby daughter on floor because it was too hard to get up. She went on to lose 101 pounds. What will help you choose?
Sarah’s story: One afternoon, I was with my 7 month old daughter, watching her play happily. Because I was the heaviest I had ever been, I couldn’t play on the floor with her without having a difficult time getting up from the carpet. I wanted to be the mom who had energy and joy and who could keep up with an energetic little one! I found a program that completely changed my life. I began the program thinking this was just another “diet” but soon realized that this was a path toward finding my true self…the person that was inside my overweight body this whole time. Through my journey I lost 101 lbs! I had an immense amount of energy, my cravings went away, and I was filled with joy. The best part for me was being able to play on the floor with my daughter and not struggle in getting up! Losing the weight wasn’t the end. I learned through this amazing program how to maintain my weight and create habits that led me to a happy, healthier me!
They need to add one more step: Yay! I did it! What does it take for you to take a first step?