Wednesday, September 08, 2010
So what is "normal"?
Normal isn't always average. Normal is what we're used to. As in, life is going back to normal after the hurricane. Most of us have electricity, schools have internet again, cell phones work, stores are re-stocked. Life is back to what we're used to - normal.
Or, I've kept off the 10 lbs I lost when I was sick with dengue. My clothes fit better again, in fact I'm almost 1 size down from where I was in June. (10 lbs makes a big difference!) So I'm back to my normal.
Except that's where things get tricky. Because my normal is still overweight.
It's all too easy to think that our normal is good, is a place to stay. Because it's normal, right? It might even be average - especially since the "average" American woman is about a size 14-16. But that's still bigger than might be healthy, depending on height.
So while normal might feel good, it might not be good. Normal might not be optimal. Normal might not even be healthy.
I need to stop thinking of myself as at my normal, and start thinking that 140 will be my new normal. And then make that happen.