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.