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On the Road to My Plus Size Healthy Life

 

Let’s face it, not everyone is meant to be a size 2 or 4. We all have our very own unique body structure. Being a plus size woman does not necessarily mean that we are extremely unhealthy. It is not to say that all of us are made to be 125 pounds. Take me for example, I will always be plus size. How could I know that? Well, let me tell you a short story of how I came to find this out. During my first doctor visit with my wellness and weight loss coach, he informed me of something rather interesting. After he had done a body composition with a very “nifty” Body Composition Scale┬álike this one, I was told something that changed my life and my whole view of my body. Jessie, what in the world are you talking about? Okay, okay, I’ll tell you. Dr. Health (Let’s call him this for now until I know I am allowed to share his name) informed me that lean and fit for me is at 180 pounds or 175, but no less. WHAT?! Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that considered obese for someone who is 5’4″? Well maybe, but not for me. Apparently, with the amount of muscle mass that I already have, there is no way I could weigh less than that and be healthy. I would start to lose muscle if I went below that weight. Shoot, I can definitely live with that! Granted I still have quite a bit of weight to lose, but not as much as I thought. Seriously, like I said, life changing! I will forever be a plus size woman, and there is no way getting around that. Kind of interesting fact right? With all of that said, this is what “A Healthy Plus Size Life” means to me. It also means that it is possible to still be healthy and be a plus size woman at the same time. I refuse to let the number on the scale that tells me my weight define me as an individual. I’d rather base my health off the ratio of body fat and muscle mass that I have. In my opinion, this is more accurate, and quite frankly I believe it determines a better version of health. Don’t get me wrong, stepping on a scale daily can be beneficial and keep me accountable. However, it does not help me in my long-term goals and what I want is long-term, not temporary. Don’t you?

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