Wednesday, June 29, 2016

When the doctor is wrong, and why I'm not going to lose weight.

Bear with me, this is long, but I wouldn't be posting my weight and clothing size on the internet if I didn't think this was important:

I'm 29 years old. I weigh between 133 and 136 lbs depending on the day and how many pieces of candy I've scarfed down the second both kids are in their beds for rest time, and my size 6 pants are loose. Over the past 4 years I have given birth to two children, gained over 70 lbs in the process, and lost all of that weight and then some. I workout 3-5 times a week, and can kick butt at intense workout videos. I can run a 10 minute mile while chatting with a friend, and I manage to haul around a 38 lb. 4 year old and 18 lb. 16-month old on a daily basis. While I'm no twig, my body is strong, capable, and at what I consider the best it's ever been. I've never before been as comfortable in my own skin.

Which brings me to a few weeks ago, when I went to the doctors for a check up. I stepped on their scale, saw a mid-130's number flash on the screen and thought nothing of it. So imagine my surprise when, 20 minutes later, the nurse practitioner informed me that my weight showed that I am "unhealthy" and "overweight" and that I should work towards losing 5 or so pounds in order to be in a "healthier" weight range.

I'm not going to lie, I was rather taken aback. We like to blame the media for perpetuating this impossible image of the ideal body type, but what about the"experts" in the medical field who know all my information, yet tell me that I'm just not "healthy" enough. That the two numbers that went into creating a BMI determine whether my body is at its best. These are the people we trust to care for our bodies and advise how we can get or remain healthy. Were I to take her advice and attempt to lose 5 or so pounds, I would not be able to do so in a safe or healthy way. I'm confident in my body, and willing to stand up to "professionals" who give inappropriate advice, so I was quick to question the situation, but many people are not and many would take that advice as doctor's orders and attempt to lose more weight.

I will not be working to lose weight. My body doesn't need to be smaller or have zero fat on it. I will continue to run, and strength train, and push my body to its limits. Not because it needs to change, but because being strong and capable makes me feel good and because taking the time to sweat it out on a regular basis is the best gift I've ever given myself. Also, because I like to eat junk food, lots of junk food. 

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