Health At Every Size (HAES)

The picture above is from September at our mostly annual Royston Invitational Putting Tournament. We set up golf holes on regular lawn and then have friends and family play for a trophy.  I am not happy with my size in this picture nor how I was feeling.  I had already taken 4 muscle relaxants by this time of the day so I could move well.

I signed a pledge today for the Health at Every Size movement.  I like their mission and philosophy, because it aligns with how I am approaching The FAT Project. One of the key pieces is to celebrate your life no matter how much you weigh. Health remains the most important part, always.  I found it after reading a post by Lauren Fowler on letting go of your weightloss goal.

 

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Break Up with Diets Today

I deliberately don’t have a number of pounds I am shooting for. Firstly, my lowest adult weight has been 325 lbs and I don’t know what the ‘right’ size for my body is.  Secondly, I am doing the FAT Project to feel better, to live a healthy life and most important to live a full life. I have never been that focused on a number at any point throughout my life. If I felt good and healthy that was my metric.

I have hit a wall where my obesity is concerned.  I feel that my size is a barrier in my daily life and is detrimental to my health.  I was waking up in pain every morning to the point where I would have to go sit in a recliner for 15 min to reset my back so I could walk properly. My knees ache when I walk, especially upstairs and my shoulders freeze up with incredible pain every few months.  I have a varicose vein on my right knee and my ankles have lots of broken blood vessels.  I feel very fortunate that I do not have any chronic conditions or issues that prevent me from improving my health through physical activity.

It’s interesting because these aches and pains are a relatively new thing.  Since having children, I have not made exercise a priority, but throughout my life I feel that I was a reasonably active, morbidly obese man.

A quick list of things I have done while weighing 325 – 400 lbs:

  • Had three children (well, my wife actually was the one who birthed them 🙂 )
  • Had a great career and am now CEO of a non-profit
  • Completed several long multi-day bike trips (the longest at more than 600 km)
  • Climbed down a mountain in Jasper, Alberta
  • Completed a Try-A-Tri (400m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run)

I have spent a long time not listening to or respecting my body.  Thinking about Health At Any Size and the mindset that goes with it is a big step to getting there.