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Spirit House

Reflections on my health over the last few years

Chris Tham Chris Tham Friday, 3 March 2023 at 5:00:00 pm AEDT 2 min read

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Spirit House Spirit House
Spirit House

This is Spirit House by Lee Mingwei at the new building of Art Gallery of New South Wales. It invites us to consider our future journey. I want to take this moment to reflect on my journey in recent years, in particular my health. When I retired a few years ago at age 55, I was aging rapidly, fat and unhealthy. My hair was thinning and falling out, I no longer have perfect vision, my BMI was slightly over 25 (obese), I had stopped cycling for several years. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a fatty liver, high iron, and I was turning into a diabetic. In the last year and a half, I have lost 12 kg, and started cycling again. In my last medical checkup, my doctor gave me a clean bill of health. My blood results and vital signs are all good, and I have the metabolism of a thirty something year old. I never realised the health benefits of weight loss can be so dramatic. In this photo, you are seeing the natural me. I don’t have any hair colour and am not wearing makeup. I’ve never taken botox, fillers or hormones. My body has never been surgically changed or enhanced. Yes, I would like certain bits to be bigger and other bits smaller, but at this point in my life I accept my body - even the bits that have broken and mended (my collarbone and various fingers). I will be turning 60 next year and accessing my superannuation and applying for my Seniors Card. I am looking forward to the years ahead.

SES pink top and Zara skirt
The North Building of the Art Gallery