I have always strived, although somewhat poorly at times, to love my body the way it is. I have a great guy who has always been supportive of me no matter what shape I am, and I love that. As an asthmatic that frequently has to take steroids and other medications that reek havoc on your waistline, I try very hard to avoid scales and do the best I can in terms of weight. I just kinda went with the "if I pretend it's not happening, maybe it's not" attitude. For a while this worked for me. I managed to stay in a healthy weight range even if I was chubbier than I would've liked. But as my asthma started progressively getting worse, so did my weight. I will admit I recently edged out of the healthy range, and while I'm sure that muscle mass and blah blah blah are somewhat factors too, it was a wake-up call.
For me, my weight does have a large impact on my quality of life. There are MANY factors that impact asthma, but weight is definitely one of them. I read a study the other day about how gaining just 5 pounds over a year can cause you to be 22% more likely to have poorly controlled asthma. While losing weight isn't the magic cure for wheezers, it definitely can help with maintenance (if you have extra pounds to lose). I've always thought about weight loss in a purely shallow way; fitting into old jeans feels great. But, now that I'm more conscious of my body and how weight can affect many other things I love (running and breathing) I have decided that it might be time to become more aware of what I'm eating and try to shed a few excess pounds so that I am at a healthier place.
In the midst of the blogger drama the other day, one commenter posted something that I really liked (and the original poster even noticed it too). Basically she said: Getting healthy is hard, but staying unhealthy is hard physically and emotionally. Choose your hard. I really liked that idea. It's very true. By being unhealthy, I'm adding stress to my lungs, stress to my legs while running, and stress to my self-esteem. When trying to be healthy it's hard to make the right choices, make sacrifices, and be "good". But it's up to me which hard to choose. I hope to start choosing the healthy hard more often.
What are your thoughts on this?