“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh

“In this world one must have a name; it prevents confusion, even when it does not establish identity. Some, though, are known by numbers, which also seem inadequate distinctions.” -Ambrose Beirce

I’m sure you experienced this before. You go to the doctor. They do an entire work up on you. They check your height, weight, and lab values. Afterward, you receive the results. Depending on the results and how your healthcare professional presents them, it could be encouraging or depressing. Maybe you find out you’re overweight or obese. Or, you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Even worse, the provider decides to put you on medication before you try to make a change.

If you’re like most people, this has happened to you. It can be deflating to find out the bad news and realize a change is in order. Even so, the pressure of the world can make you feel worse about it. Society can communicate that if you aren’t skinny and free of disease, there is something wrong with you. You get looked at and treated differently. Maybe you hear disrespectful comments or get scolded by family. It seems that all they see in you is your health flaw or your “numbers”.

I want to make you aware- you are NOT your numbers! Don’t believe the messages that you are only “obese”, “diabetic”, or “sick”. The world wants us to believe we are not good enough. People want to make us feel lesser than we actually are. Instead, remember that your “numbers” are only a small slice of who you are. You have likes, dislikes, talents, fears, and aspirations. You have values and beliefs about your life. You are a miracle just the way you are! Yes, our health may be a little off. But, that doesn’t mean you are a lesser human being. Realize your health is a work in progress. If you see a reason to make changes, great for you! Love yourself compassionately and make a plan to improve those”numbers” in your life. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

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