THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

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I like the idea of the Swiss Cheese Diet.  If nothing else, everything you eat, would fall right out.  I’ve spent most of my life on a diet.  I didn’t start out fat.  I weighed in at 7 pounds 75 years ago.

I was an adorable little girl all the way until age 5.  Psychologically I could blame my little sister who was born that year.  She stole my spotlight and probably caused me to binge eat in order to feel important again.  (Just kidding!)

The truth is I’ve always had a battle with the bulge.  Some say it’s genetic.  Others maintain that you need to have strong will power.  Others say getting fat is a state of mind over matter – if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  I think it’s more about a love affair with food.  Certain foods remind us of good times, special dates, caring parents,  or comfort.

I still relate most of my emotions to food.  When I was six or seven, my sister locked me in the linen closet and the bathroom door was locked.  Since she was just a toddler, she didn’t know how to unlock the door.  My mom was in the kitchen making pork chops and the aroma wafted into my tiny space.  Now when I feel claustrophobic, I relate to that delicious smell. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Food fills us with comfort.  It’s everywhere.  It’s woven into the fabric of our lives.  Unfortunately, some folks can eat all they want and not gain an ounce, while others eat one cookie and put on ten pounds –  OK, a dozen cookies.

As puberty entered my life, I found it necessary to develop a strong sense of humor.  It was a survival tactic.  Getting through the teen years as a chubby isn’t easy, but I found friends that were just like me.  I even met the man I would marry during those years.  He happens to be one of those never gains weight.  I outweighed him by 40 pounds when we started dating.

During middle age my father died and my weight dropped quickly. I looked anorexic, so I packed on additional pounds to feel better

Now that I’m a senior citizen, weight shouldn’t be so important..  When you go through a serious illness, you tend to lose weight, so it’s a good idea to have a few extra pounds.  However packing extra weight is like carrying saddle bags around and adds to your inability to walk.

Every day I have new determination to drop some weight.  It lasts for about five minutes. For those going through this same dilemma, my heart goes out to you.  I think the best way to diet is to not think about it.  The more you do, the harder it is.

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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6 Responses to THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

  1. I’ve always been of the feast and fellowship mentality—and lots of it 🙂

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  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Never had a serious weight problem. So I can’t point to myself and say: “Here is how you deal with it.” Since I have gout and my digestive track is finicky, I now have to watch what I eat, but such are the curses of age.

    As a scientist/engineer, I tend to see most problems as logic/math problems. Weight gain thus becomes calorie intake versus calories burned, but a little study shows that is a gross simplification.

    I suppose if I did not exercise I would have a weight problem. However, I don’t know. We don’t understand our metabolisms too well, and, of course, there is also the psychology of food. So those with weight issues find it difficult to lose excess weight and difficult to explain. That uncertainty — is it my fault — leads to self image issues, and what some people do to lose weight is sort of sad. A cure that is worse than the disease is not a good solution.

    So do I have any great advice on how to lose weight? No. I just think it best not to take such problems too seriously. God gives us various problems and imperfections to test us. Instead of allowing ourselves to be tormented by our problems and imperfections, we are suppose to learn from them and gain some empathy for each other, and that seems to be what you have done.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks, Tom. This has been a lifelong issue for me, but now that I’m older it’s a pain in the neck. I have been exercising, which I hadn’t done for a while. I know the extra weight isn’t good for my heart, hips, knees, cholesterol or black of pressure and would like to hang around for a little

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        The best I have to offer is a little prayer. Would like to see you around too.
        🙂

        One thing I know about is exercise. If it hurts, I mean you are real sore all the time, you are overdoing it. What generally should happen is you get a bit sore at first (the first few days are you start) and then exercise just becomes a bit unpleasant until you get it done. Then you are pleased you got that over with for the day.

        The secrets of exercise are persistence and perseverance. Once it becomes a habit, and you have achieved some discernible value from exercise, you are over the hump. Then you likely to keep at it.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Another lesson on perseverance. I’m going to be so ready when I get to heaven. Thanks for your prayers😀

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