Today is the last day of week 1 of the #make1change challenge. How did you do?
The week went by fairly quickly to me. It seems the older I get the quicker life seems to move. I’ve kept my eyes on the prize this past week. I plan to share my personal stats at the end of this 21 day challenge, but honestly, that’s not what this is about for me.
Because life is a race to me, I always seem to be in a hurry. I’m always in pursuit of the finish line. Work, work, work to accomplish one goal and move on to the next one is how I typically operate. The question I’m asking in this season of my life is “what do you do when there is no finish line?”
There is no finish line for healthy living.
My personal definition of healthy living is making choices for my body, spirit and soul that aligns with my values. What do I value?
I value family, faith, friendship, healthy living, hope, freedom, purpose, integrity, consistency, kindness, faithfulness and discipline. There’s many more values I could add to this list, but these are what’s top of mind. My desire is that these values are reflected in how I approach my health and fitness journey.
Because I value integrity, it’s important to me to reach a weight that puts me in a healthy BMI range for my height. If I say I value healthy living, I want to be living at a healthy weight. My BMI is currently in the overweight range, 28.9. It has been for a while.
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
(source: National Institute of Health website)
I know there is some controversy around BMI. Based on what I’ve read, I still believe it makes sense for me to shoot for a goal within the normal weight range. My goal BMI for the age and season of life I’m in is to always be around 24. I could maintain the weight in this range without starving myself and without working out like a maniac.
Because I value consistency, I want to get rid of the inconsistent eating habits that have contributed to the perpetual weight loss/weight gain seesaw that I’ve been on for most of my adult life.
Because I value family, I want to instill healthy eating habits in my children. I want to set them up to make wise choices. I also want to be their living example.
What about you? What do you value? Are your values reflected in how you take care of your body?
Destined to win,