First, let me say I HATE the word "normal" and that's why it's always in quotes when I type it. I told one sparker that "normal" is as individual as fingerprints and I truly believe that. I am a special education teacher and "normal" takes on a whole new meaning in my classroom.
Secondly, I am not JUDGING anyone! I am merely stating an observation that I noticed today.
With all that said, I had to remind myself that I am "normal" on several occasions today. By "normal" I mean a healthy weight and a strong body. *Noticed I didn't say thin, skinny, waif, etc. but healthy!!
Maybe it's because teachers put in so much time taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves. Maybe because of the long hours that it's easy to say that they are too tired to exercise. Or maybe because they spend so much time in the classroom that it's just easier to drive through a fast food establishment than to fix a healthy meal at home.
As I looked around today I couldn't help how unhealthy 80% of teachers are. (At least the ones in my sessions today.) Many were overweight and quite a few would be considered obese. Again, I am not judging!!
I know that many districts now have a health wellness program, but I really wonder how many actually participate and if they do, if they are honest with the program and themselves. I know if they had a wellness program 3 years ago, I probably wouldn't have participate or I would have fibbed about my progress just to get that $25.00 Visa gift card! (I love coffee and that's my reward to myself!)
Yesterday I gave the Sparkpeople.com website to one of the presenters. She stated she had still had 40 lbs to lose after the birth of her twins and that was 7 years ago. I simply said that SparkPeople sounded like a good fit for her and she should check it out. Besides doing that, I guess I can only lead by example and share my story with those that are interested in starting the journey to good health.
I also need to remind myself that I am "normal." I am in my weight range for my height, my BMI is in the healthy range and my blood pressure is great. I now run and have ran some races and hope to do a 1/2 marathon in the future. I feel good and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. I finally feel good about myself and I finally feel "normal." Ok, as "normal" as I can get...most of the time!