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Health: Healthy and strong

Oh, to be thin!  To see my hips!  To be size 8!

Really?  Is that really what I want?

It’s not, you know.  And it hasn’t been what I wanted for quite a while now.

I want to be healthy and strong.  That’s what makes me happy.  Being skinny … I don’t even find that attractive in other people so why would I want it for myself?

I can remember weighing nearly 16 stones (224lbs).  My back hurt.  I didn’t sleep well.  I couldn’t manage basic tasks without pain and breathlessness.  Today I weigh about 13 stones (182lbs).  My back doesn’t hurt.  I sleep well.  I can manage basic tasks without discomfort (save for the Ankle of Doom which is improving).  At 5’1″, I’m still obese and, therefore, unhealthy.  And I still have my belly which I don’t much like.

I used to want to be thin.  Skinny.  Slender.  I was aiming for 7.5 stones (105lbs).  That’s what I weighed when I was a student.  And then I was looking to shed another 7lbs.  It wasn’t realistic then and it certainly isn’t so now.  I was a wraith.  I felt like the wind could blow me over.  And I don’t want to feel like that again.

Instead, I want to be healthy and strong.  The strong bit is important.  Being strong means I can work a full day on the plot.  Being strong means I can lift bags of compost.  Being strong means I can do the things I want to do.  And being healthy is kind of an added bonus – it’s something I’ve not had for a very long time.

So skinny is out.  Healthy and strong is in.


3 thoughts on “Health: Healthy and strong

  1. If you want to be strong enough to life a bag of compost you have to get out there and start lifting bags of compost.

    Is the ankle of doom good enough to start doing exercises like swimming at all?? Its a good place to start.


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