It was June or July, not long after quietly celebrating my 30th birthday that I had an epiphany. I was curled up in the nest (as I refer to our bed when it’s the weekend) reading a book and eating a bag of microwave popcorn, when it hit me. It was a vision of myself in five, ten, fifteen years, slowly and steadily gaining one pound per-year. I know who I want to be when I’m 40, and when I’m 50, and it wasn’t the woman I saw at the bottom of that bag of popcorn. It was an important moment. During that flash of insight I realized something: I won’t become the woman I want to be by waiting for her to show up, I need to create her.
That sounds little creepy, but keep in mind that this concept applies to physical appearance, intellectual development, emotional health, and spiritual contentment. It’s just that this happens to be a beauty blog, so I intend to stick with the “outside” part of this adventure to share with you (see title at top of page).
For me, a woman at 5″6′, a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy. The healthy weight range for my height is between 114.6 lbs and 154.9 lbs. Below the minimum is underweight, above the maximum is overweight; what these categories fail to describe is “overfat“. I’ve never in my life been overweight (always been within the USDA guidelines), but I have been overfat. The percentages of fat, muscle, and bone reflect body composition, and this factor is more important than BMI. I have always been slim, fitting comfortably in a size six. But exercise wasn’t a part of my life (neither was portion control), and my body composition reflected that fact.
Since the day of epiphany, I’ve taken charge of my body in a way I never had before—exercising every day, eating maximum nutrition/minimal calorie foods, and my body has rewarded me for the hard work. Yes, it’s hard to say no to cake. I’m not going to lie. It’s been a challenge every day to make sure that I’m eating the right amount of the right foods to meet recommended daily allowance for every nutrient—a multi-vitamin doesn’t even come close! But in the four months since I’ve changed my way of living, I can tell you with all honesty, it’s worth it.
I feel good about my body, I feel good about myself. I can see the woman I’m going to be, and the time capsule messege I’m sending to her is this: “Don’t worry! I’m taking really good care of you.”
Photo is me on my honeymoon, August 2009.