Yes, it’s true. I’m back at Weight Watchers for the fourth, and I hope the last time. It’s not that I don’t like to attend the meetings and keep a running record of my food intake, but come on. It seems to me I’ve heard this song before.
My mother and I attended when this organization first began, way back when I was in my forties; now I’m in my mid-eighties. Oh, where did the time go? And why didn’t I keep that weight off right from the beginning? Those first years we had to eat liver and spinach once a week, and though I don’t remember many of the dietary rules, I do remember how much my children hated liver! I tried to make it taste better by adding bacon to it, but that only encouraged them to hide pieces of the brown chunks under their plates, and at the same time deposit pieces of the canned spinach into their glasses of milk. They were pretty creative, and I didn’t say anything about the “leftovers.” I felt like doing the same thing.
This time the “rules” are much better, and so is the food. Tracking the food points has never been a favorite pastime for me, but now I get to do it on my phone with a WW app. Here’s a couple of” before and after” pictures of me in these last few months.
I didn’t have a huge amount of weight to lose, but even fifteen extra pounds pushed a lot of my clothes to the back of the closet, and having to lie on my back on the bed to zip up my jeans isn’t the best way to put on your clothes.
During those early years, I wrote and published four books that had to do with losing weight and getting into shape: DIARY OF A FAT HOUSEWIFE; THE JOGGING HOUSEWIFE; THE EXODUS DIET PLAN; AND MURDER ON THE FAT EXPRESS. I thought it would be fun to share some of the excerpts from my last one over the next weeks or months. It would not only encourage me to keep on keeping on, but it might encourage you, too, if you’re trying to drop a few (or many) pounds. So here we go:
How do you feel about mysteries? Do you watch them on TV? Do you check your favorite mystery writers’ books out of the library, or add them to your I Pad? I do; and maybe you do too, because it’s fun to try your hand and mind, at problem solving. Well, we have a mystery on our hands (and thighs) that sometimes seems unsolvable. This roll of fat around the waist–how did it get there? And I’m sure those lumps and bumps on my hips aren’t bruises. And my jowls? I know I need to lose weight; but how? How to solve this problem–again? Is there an answer?
MURDER ON THE FAT EXPRESS presents some mysteries and solutions, but the final answer rests with you–and me. We are going to become detectives over the next few weeks. We may not be TV or even our favorite literary sleuths, but we can solve and overcome the mystery of our overweight. We’ll look at the Evidence, the Plot, the Modus Operandi, and the Corpus Delicti. These and other line-ups will lead us to arresting and sentencing those bad habits and negative thoughts that have kept us in bondage. We don’t have to be victims any longer. I suggest you keep a food journal, or at least a few notes (for your eyes only) on your thoughts about each subject as we read this together. We need to be patient with ourselves. After all, we didn’t gain all these extra pounds in a day or even in a year or two.
Remember that our bodies are God’s gift to each of us, and we can begin to treat ourselves with respect and care. So let’s not look at this as another diet; let’s choose our food carefully, limit the amount on our plates, and together, we can break the pound barrier.
So come along, my partner in solving “crime.”
I love a mystery!
“He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:9,10 ESV