Health & Fitness as a Privilege

As many other things in life, health and fitness can be circumstantial. I really realized that this past year when I “accidentally” lost 20+ pounds.

I didn’t set out on a weight loss journey, but, still, I lost the weight because everything about my life changed.

I went from spending 2–3 hours in my car daily (at least), to walking everywhere. I went from eating out almost exclusively to cooking my own meals. I went from drinking White Chocolate Mocha’s every single day to drinking my coffee black.

I decreased my calorie intake and started paying attention to what I was putting in my body.

I had lost a bulk of the weight before I realized I had lost the weight. I lost even more weight before people started making comments.

But, had I not moved to a city where I was walking, to a job where I was on my feet at all hours of the day, maybe I wouldn’t have lost as much.

Had I not moved in with a roommate who ate really well, I probably wouldn’t have been as encouraged to try to eat better.

In any other situation, if I had kids, if I took an office job, if I had even less money than I sometimes feel I had, maybe I wouldn’t have lost the weight.

I am guilty of shame. Shaming myself and, honestly, shaming others. I look at myself in the mirror and see all the places that are not quite where I want them to be. I see how other people eat and I critique them in my mind. But, I have no idea their situation. I have no idea their medical history, their education, their economic status, their home life, their work life.

Shame shouldn’t be apart of the equation.

Every time I look in the mirror (which, I kinda think I should do less of anyway) I should just be thankful that I even have the ability and the opportunity to TRY to be my healthiest self. That I have the resources to be educated, the money to spend on trainers and meal planners, gym membership, and nice groceries. That I have a job that allows me to move my body. For some people, it’s not even an option. They are where they are and they can’t change it.

I’m lucky and privileged to be where I’m at. And I’m learning that that is the case. That if even one of my factors had changed, maybe it wouldn’t have been as easy.

So, be thankful. Be humble. And be shameless.

Love yourself so you can love others.

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