I hate doing this shit. It just genuinely rubs me the wrong way. I happily get an annual flu shot. I know the importance behind it and have no desire to get the flu.
My issue is the whole “I’ve known you for all of three seconds, but let me tell you where you suck at being healthy” part of it. I know for some people this would be largely beneficial; however, I also feel like there should be an opt out option of receiving “health counseling” and I still get my insurance discount. I don’t care if you take my information, but no, I don’t need to talk to you about it. I don’t need you to tell me what I should do differently. I don’t need you to tell me what I need to eat, how much to lose, my BMI, or help me formulate goals.
My blood pressure is definitely higher than it used to be, but still good and normal. My cholesterol is all in the normal range, though personally, I’d like to see my good cholesterol get a little higher. Now that I’m training again, that should help fix that. My glucose is great. No issues with any diabetes looming. They wanted me to do the whole fat measurement thing where you hold the device and squeeze, but I refused. She said they don’t do it with women that are pregnant or people with pacemakers. I told her I’m trying to get pregnant, could be pregnant and am on fertility drugs so I’d be damned if I’m doing anything that might jeopardize it. My hip to waist ratio states that I’m at low risk for heart disease, stroke, etc. So, all my numbers are fine. Nothing to be worried about. Totally normal, yet I still get the, “Hey, fat shit – lose weight and you’ll be a rockstar” speech.
Nurse: Let’s do this worksheet together so I can make sure you develop wellness goals to get you healthy.
Me: Will this effect my discount?
Me: Then no thank you.
Nurse: What? Why not?
Me: Because I’ve lost over 100lbs, I’m training for a half marathon and I do Weight Watchers. I know my body, I know what works, and I have no interest in taking advice from someone that has known me for a total of 5 seconds with zero knowledge of me, my goals or my past. So, on that note, I’ll pass on your “health” counseling, but thank you.
Nurse: Ohhh…okay…wow… um… ok.
Me: Have a great day!
I just can’t get behind a system that is basing my health off of my BMI/weight. Even my goal weight (175lbs) is still considered “overweight”. The whole system and view of “health” in general is beyond fucked up. I am perfectly healthy in every single category except my BMI/weight, yet I’m deemed “HIGH RISK”, a 59! WTF… Come on, folks, health is comprised of so much more than just what the scale says.
I base my state of health off of these factors:
- My lifestyle choices.
- My run times improving.
- My endurance improvement.
- I’m training for a half marathon, ffs.
- My mostly clean eating habits (80/20).
- I get about 7 hours of sleep a night.
- I surround myself with the people I love and make my happy.
THOSE are the things that make me healthy, not my BMI/weight.
What about you?