**Be sure to read to the bottom! I’ve got 3 exciting things to share!**
Are you keeping true to our “Maintain, Don’t Gain” mantra for the holiday season?
What I mean by that is, have you implemented any of our strategies to keep your weight in check over Thanksgiving break & as we prepare for Christmas and New Year’s?
It bears repeating that the average American gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s every year. The alarming part is that most of us never lose that weight. YIKES!
That means it’s possible to be carrying an additional 20 pounds from holiday festivities over the last decade. And that would certainly be easy to do.
So, I want to encourage you, as we’ve still got a month to go, to eat consciously and to continue your exercise routine. Don’t stop for any reason! We need the release that comes from exercise and the myriad of other benefits it provides, like stress management and weight maintenance.
But Erica, why are you talking about weight, if you want me to throw my scale out the window… immediately?
I’m glad you asked.
You see, weight is just ONE (lagging) indicator of health, but there are many other indicators- ones with much more meaning, if you ask me.
But we’ve been conditioned to use weight as a way to judge ourselves. Judgement, of course, is neutral. We make that judgment negative or positive. Unfortunately, most of the time, we judge weight negatively.
I believe the reason weight has been so heavily adopted as “the way” to assess health is because scales are readily available, and weight is a “clean” measurement that can be compared and converted globally.
But let’s look at the metric you’d like to use to compare where you are today and where you’d like to be.
If that metric is weight, I’d like to challenge you to add to it. Alone, weight does not tell the whole story of your overall health.
What are the other indicators of overall health that can be used as a measuring stick, so to speak?
- Physical activity
- Overall mood
- Energy levels
- The way our clothes fit
- Our level of confidence
- Bone density
- Lung capacity
- Brain health
- Cholesterol level
- BMI: Body Mass Index
- Sleep (quality & amount)
- Overall strength – muscle mass
- Measurements (Waist, hips and more)
- The way we feel about our body (in & out of clothes)
The metrics I hold closely are my energy levels, overall mood and the way my clothes fit. These are the things I consider each day and lend to my personal peace and life satisfaction.
Of course I must look at the contributing factors to my energy levels, mood and the way my clothes fit. It’s simple for me to back into these metrics and see what contributed to them.
For example, if my fitness, nutrition and hydration are on point, my energy level and mood are typically on point, too. These elements are also big contributors to the way my clothes fit.
The truth is that all of these indicators work together. One indicator boosts another. It’s beautiful synergy.
So…what will be the variables you use to gauge your health moving forward? What is it that you value most? What’s your personal vision of a healthier, fuller life?
If you suffer from heart disease, you may decide cholesterol is your biggest indicator of health. Great…now what contributes to your cholesterol? Your nutrition is key to your cholesterol levels.
If you suffer from depression, you may decide mood is your # 1 indicator of health. Perfect. Now what contributes to mood? Activity, nutrition, self-confidence (which comes from strength training) and the way you feel about your body all contribute to your mood.
If you have the responsibility to care for younger children and/or older adults, you may use overall functional strength as your measuring stick for your health. Functional strength will help you pick-up, bend down, reach and stretch as you’re physically caring for those dependent on you. Groovy. How do you increase your overall strength? Sleep, activity (especially strength training) and bone density all contribute to your overall strength.
Whatever you decide to use (instead of – or – in addition to weight), remember that you are an individual and unique, by design. The metrics you use to measure your health should be, too.
It truly becomes simple to prioritize where you spend your time and energy, once you’ve determined how to measure your success.
And I am telling you…weight, alone, simply doesn’t cut it! I don’t know about you, but that fact relieves A LOT of pressure.
Here’s what you NEED to know this week:
- I am so EXCITED to share the link to my podcast interview with Sarah Crapo Hayes, where I talk about intentional eating and how to “Maintain, Not Gain” during the holiday season.
- Sarah Crapo Hayes is the founder of the “Bowl of Life” podcast where she & her husband talk about Food, Faith and Family.
- Sarah Crapo Hayes also blogs @ Bad to the Bowl where she shares delicious plant forward recipes and tips to healthy living. You’ve got to check her out!
- Here’s the link for the podcast! You don’t want to miss this!
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- *The plant-forward salad recipes provided are from Sarah with Bad to the Bowl. Thank you, Sarah!
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