Letter from the Editor: Healthy Comes in Many Sizes

. January 1, 2020.
Erin with her son, Dexter (6), at Main Library
Erin with her son, Dexter (6), at Main Library

The New Year is when we make resolutions, plan for the upcoming year, and recommit to maintaining our health. As a type-A mama, I thrive by setting goals, and as a yoga teacher, I love the
excitement of yogis attacking their wellness goals with zeal.

However, as a forever “thick girl,” I struggle with the emphasis on losing weight that is always connected with the new year. I started dieting at 10 years old, battled anorexia as a tween and teenager, and felt ashamed by my size for most of my life.

Thanks to yoga and the wisdom that comes with age, I finally realized that my size and health are not intertwined. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I made a vow to stop the cycle of self-hate. I want my children to feel confident at any size, but in order to teach that, I must learn how to love myself…love handles and all.

So my 2020 resolutions? To eat healthfully and mindfully, to listen to my body, to feed my mind by reading, to move my body regularly and safely, and to focus on how I feel instead of the number on the scale. The last one will undoubtedly be the most difficult.

Our January Health & Wellness edition shares advice from local doctors, outlines opportunities for movement and meditation, and lists wellness activities for all of the family to make 2020 the best year yet. Here’s to a joy-full, healthy New Year!

Erin Schoen Marsh
Toledo Parent Editor