Today’s Daily Prompt was just too enticing to pass it by. Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
Well the first book I grabbed was a notebook so with a little extra lean in the opposite direction I picked up my latest read. Once I saw it I was tempted to go for another but figured that wasn’t fair. After all what is the poiont of a game if you don’t follow the rules?
Many years ago I fell into the ‘buzz’ trap getting all caught up with my friends when Weight Watcherswas a relatively new program. Oh my we counted our proteins, fats, and breads, adhered to three fish meals a week, and made sure we ticked off every wee box for water, milk and fluids. Our social get togethers amongst the women folk were all about what and how we achieved and discussions ensued on the validity of the program (after all it was over seen by physicians) and how well we were doing.
Now belonging to an active weight loss club is a lot like being addicted to, say, gambling. When the scales are not in sight the conversations can be all about your success – how much you lost (or gained when it comes to gambling),- with little discussion about your set backs or losses.
‘Why you know I lost 25 but must confess I gained a bit back but then I lost it again and I feel wonderful!’
Meanwhile you think to yourself, Honey, I saw you when you joined months ago and the only difference I can see is your hairstyle.
*Actually the program works fine as does any weight loss program **if you follow the plan.
But this post is not about losing or gaining, about succeeding or failing. It’s about perception and the why of things. By the way I did all right on the program then and each of the ten times I joined in the following decades. Matter of fact I will never again even see my initial joining weight (which I thought was soooo huge) but now lies 25 pounds ago quite happily. This is because I choose to believe the medical data that says an elderly person (well as close to elderly as damn is to swearing) should not be stick thin. It’s healthy to carry a little weight. I would also like to say it is all behind me now (get it? get it?) but that would be way too much of a stretch because in fact it is all in front. haha
But now I realize I can believe pretty much anything I choose..so my hypothesis is that food intake has nothing to do with a generous middle. It all has to do with Gravity and the moon, tides and oceans, and because we are 90% water – salt water that is- well we reflect mother earth which lends credence to “‘This is the main reason for the tidal bulge on the opposite side of the Earth to the Moon.” *Gravity by Brian Clegg page 82 third full sentence.
It is quite humorous decades later to laugh or chuckle at our youthful worries and thoughts. It is also quite satisfying to find joy in the me of now and quite like how I am. What a difference a little age and wisdom makes.
- Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots, unluckily this means Photoshop (keiththegreen.wordpress.com)
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- Daily Post Prompt Challenge Connect the dots. (thecheekydiva.com)
- Jessica Simpson: Weight Watchers Works Wonders Post-Baby (celebs.gather.com)