#HealthyMe: How I’m measuring success

beltSince starting #HealthyMe I’ve been reluctant to set official health goals. For me, putting a number on being healthy or setting an objective with an “end” to it is counterintuitive. I’m not trying to reach anything in particular, nor do I see an end to this journey; healthy is my lifestyle.

I’m fortunate that my wife is in health and wellness and we’re constantly looking for ways to build upon our habits: eating, exercise, downtime, parenting, etc. It’s simply part of our outlook and lifestyle. This makes focusing on other aspects of being healthy easier for me, though it’s still something we put a lot of effort into.

I don’t count calories. I don’t weigh myself. I’m not interested in tracking numbers; I’m simply interested in how I feel. I feel great, but how does one measure that?

OK, I am trying to lose weight, but I don’t like to look at it like that. I’m just trying to be healthier. I’m trying to be more fit. The weight loss is coming along with all that entails “being healthier.” I have no idea what the scale says, but I’ve had to go up a couple of notches on the belt and I have to buy new clothes because the old ones are getting too big. That tells me I’m on the right track.

Months before we started #HealthyMe I began working out more regularly, frequently and aggressively. Also, now that my daughter is fully mobile and walking, keeping up with her and playing with her is a workout in and of itself. I have no trouble finding ways to burn calories. Now? I don’t get winded easily and I think I can see my abs again. I’m feeling and seeing results, so I’m sticking with it.

In my late teens I popped a disk in my back that has given me fits ever since. I also have problems with my knees and sciatica from other injuries and genetics. When I’m out of shape they flare up. As I’ve continued to exercise and make sure I’m eating properly – including proper hydration and nutrient intake – I’ve had little to no flare-ups from my nagging injuries. That’s motivation enough!

That’s not to say that there aren’t tough times. Plateaus happen and there have been times where I haven’t been as on top of things as I’d like because of work, lack of time, illness or other commitments. When that happens, I look back at how far I’ve already come and the benefits of the decisions I make. I also look at my daughter; being here, and healthy, for her is the most important thing I’ll ever do. It motivates me to push through. That, and ultimately it feels good to feel good. I like that.

Find what works for you and stick with it.

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  1. So there with you Mike. I really hate getting on a scale, and I prefer to measure much like you . Though I do reluctantly get on the scale because it does provide me with a reality check when I need it.

    I am currently making an effort to lose weight because in the last year I gained with due to a combination of lifestyle changes and stress. Still, living well and being healthy is important to me so my weight is one component of being happy and healthy. I have a few health issues and past injuries. For me, it’s simply a matter of looking for new ways to be fit and active. So I won’t be running a marathon in my near future, but that doesn’t mean I can’t work it out- hard.

    I have a granddaughter and being an example for her is a big deal. And like you, I want to run and play with her.

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