6.18.2008

Live Well Wednesday

In five weeks, I will embark on my fortieth year. Well, I'll actually only turn 39, but the way I figure, when you turn 1 year old, you're actually starting your second year, so when I turn 39, I'm really beginning my fortieth year.

Anyway...

I just finished reading "Such a Pretty Fat" by Jen Lancaster. Her writing style is snarky, sarcastic and funny, and I loved her first two books. All three are memoirs of sorts. She chronicles how her life experiences have shaped her and influenced her relationships.

In this book, though, she specifically addresses her body and her health. The back cover of the book sums it up well:


"To whom the fat rolls...I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a healthy dose of positive self-esteem. It's a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes, so I don't, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult-onset diabetes?"

That is where I am now. I've struggled my whole adult life with my weight and food, and unfortunately, they usually won. But things have changed. My mindset is different. Although I'd like to lose weight to be able to wear different clothes, I'd also like to live a good, long, healthy life, and like both of my grandmothers, live to see my children become grandparents.

I'm at a different place in my faith as well. Now I want to become healthy because I believe it is a gift to God. A responsible use of His gift to me--my life. The human body is such a magnificient creation, and it is truly a shame and a sin to waste it.

So today begins a Wednesday habit: Live Well Wednesday. My quest to become healthier, live longer and glorify God. I'm always looking for running partners, anyone up to join me?

3 comments:

Denise said...

Welcome to this journey, I wish you much success.

ValleyGirl said...

Welcome!!!! I think you'll fit in well here!

I've struggled pretty much all my adult life, too, and like you, I'm finally approaching it with a completely different attitude. THIS time, weight loss is not my actual goal, but a by-product of retraining myself to eat more wisely and get more active.

I'm enjoying my new outlook on life and knowing that I'm doing right by myself and finally giving my body the respect it deserves as a uniquely designed, hand-crafted creation by God.

Hope you have a great week!!

Bobbie said...

Welcome to LWW. I know you will enjoy it here- so many wonderful ladies all cheering you on. You have such a great post. I am going to look up that book. Thanks for mentioning it to me.