This morning I rose with the sun, feeling open and super willing to embrace a free biometric screening provided by my employer. I figured the timing was right, given my recent Year 2 Oneyearland commitment towards improved physical wellness. I have to admit though- I was a little nervous for what the results might reveal.
A little background- I work in an intensive hospital environment, but despite being constantly surrounded by doctors, nurses, specialists, and more medicines than I could ever possibly comprehend, I have no doctor of my own. The last time I had a primary physician I was 18 years old, living at home, and seeing my life-long pediatrician. And yeah, that was an impossible 17 years ago. Aside from a few very manageable hiccups, I have been fortunate to enjoy a healthy life, which is also my go-to excuse for not seeing a doctor regularly. (I’ll do better on that, I swear.) But based on the significant weight gain I experienced a few years ago, and now finding myself somehow suddenly out of my omnipotent 20s and well into my how-the-hell-did-I-get-here 30s, I really wasn’t confident that I could trust this health luck to continue.
Entering into the screening, I felt vulnerable and a bit self-conscious, which I suppose appropriately reflects the neglect I’ve imposed on my physical self lately. My results, however, were not terrifying at all. Although my body mass index, body fat percentage, and waist circumference all confirmed that I am indeed carrying a high excess amount of weight, my results also showed that I am otherwise quite healthy. In this regard, my HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, and blood pressure all measured well within healthy ranges.
This information was the assurance I needed to feel confident that I am truly on the right track. Taking these Year 2 steps towards improving and protecting my physical health by building strength, endurance, and managing my weight truly does feel manageable; especially since I now know that all of the other underlying pieces are already functioning well in place. I feel empowered in knowing that this body of mine is resilient and is ready to keep climbing. Despite everything, this body has still cared for me in the most relentlessly loving way that it can. Now it's my turn to give this body that same care back, and in some way, get to know what it is really capable of.
Throughout this coming year, I will be applying consistent effort towards building strength and endurance, and reducing that excess weight that I am carrying. I want to explore farther, connect more deeply, and live in a way that feels fully free to me! And the really cool thing- this is only Week 1, and these things are already happening! Just by sharing these intentions, I have already connected with an amazing squad of women from all across the country who are also working towards some of these same, shared goals. So far we have virtually run together, cheered each other on, and even signed up for a 5K “together” . . . in different cities all across the country! How cool is that! It really is amazing the connections and community that can spring forth just by making your intentions known. And I suppose that’s really the true power of Oneyearland; once you decide you’re all-in the support and possibilities are absolutely endless!
If you are reading this right now and feeling like you may be interested in joining in on this wild pursuit of wellness, running, and adventure, follow along and comment on the Adventures in Oneyearland Facebook page, or better yet- become a Oneyearland member and commit to a year-long adventure of your own! This is the year of community, so let’s get out there and build it! Sky high is just the very tip of our beginning!
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