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Why I (Sometimes) Ignore My Doctor

I don’t always follow my doctor’s advice.

I know that he’s trained to do his job. I know that he’s got years of experience healing the sick, helping the hurt, and finding answers. Sometimes, though, I think I know myself better than him.

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Yep, I said it. Sometimes I know better.

Technically, I am overweight. My doctor would say that my BMI (body mass index) is above what it should be for someone my height. Based on what he says, I’m about 20 pounds heavier than I should be.

He says I should eat healthier, exercise more, drink more water, etc, etc, etc.

But you know what? I’m about 100 pounds less than I was 11 years ago. And I’m darn happy with myself.

And you know what else? He made all these suggestions without actually asking if I do any of these things already. Or acknowledging my perfect blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. Those things don’t fit with being overweight. Well, that’s what “they” tell you, anyway.

So here are a few questions to ask yourself on the subject of being healthy that might challenge what you have been taught throughout your life. It’s a different perspective that goes beyond numbers and sizes.

How do you feel?

Do you love yourself on the inside? Being able to appreciate who you are rather than how you look is a major indicator that you value yourself beyond the numbers on the scale or the size of your jeans. If you can identify the positive things about yourself that aren’t associated with your size or weight, then you are much healthier (in mind, spirit, and surprisingly, in the positive effects this has on your body) than can be expressed in a physical exam. Be confident in who you are on the inside.

How do you act?

Are you showing positivity to others and putting out passion and heart in the things you do every day? Acts of kindness and joy provide the world with a view of you that is much more beautiful than any physical attribute that someone may have. I would much rather be a beautiful person at heart than have a supermodel body. BE a healthy person and you ARE a healthy person.

What do you say?

Can you find times that you are more positive in the way you approach others? Are you saying things in such a way to bring others up and therefore brightening their day? Maybe you find the upside to things and point those out, even when others may not see them. Your positive attitude is a beautiful thing!

You can be healthy in may ways that aren’t reflected in the scales.

Okay, maybe your doctor won’t see them, mine usually doesn’t. But I know that I am healthy. I know that I am doing things in my life that keep me healthy in my emotions, my heart, my soul.

Without the health that I create for myself within, what would be the point of having the health on the outside? It’s much easier to fix a difficult body than a difficult person.

What is something you do or say that doesn’t show up on the scales or in your clothes that makes you feel healthy? Share with us in the comments below!

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