Another Inch Of Fat

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After the holidays ended in January I noticed a distinct additional inch of fat around my waist. This is part of my “not caring what people think of me” campaign that I successfully have been waging. If I am thin or fat, I love myself. Well, when that inch appeared it all fell apart. I might have loved myself but I have hated that additional inch and have struggled with what to do about it. Now, mind you, I didn’t do anything about it actually, but I have struggled.

  

I had told myself that I wanted to lose 5 pounds this year. Now I only have 10 to go.

 

I went online and looked at buying a tread-mill. I realized I have no place to put it and I also read the statistics that 95% of people who buy them regret the decision 6 months later. They end up collecting dust and become clothes hanging magnets.

 

I am a member of my local gym but haven’t been since after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. That is always a great guilt period for me. Now was the time though. When 5 pounds turns to 10 it becomes significant and I become one of those government statistics on Americans being overweight. Soon I would become an obesity statistic.

 

I had to breathe deeply, center myself, stop myself from going shopping and address this with action. What was the active thing I liked the most? It was walking in the local park with the lake. That activity I would look forward to. I arranged my schedule to do that 3 times a week. So far so good. The day it rained I went shopping and worked off calories by taking the stairs at the mall instead of the escalator. 8 more pounds to go.

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I’m a writer, parent of 2 amazing kids, and been through all 12 steps in AA. I am also divorced. My main financial burden is affording my psychologist and my main pleasure is being able to fall asleep without sleeping pills, which doesn’t always happen. My past feels like a lifetime ago and my present feels like a present. I’m one of those people who literally wakes up in the morning grateful that I get to have another day and didn’t kill myself 12 years ago. Mostly my life is now a blessing. I have a lot of stories from those days when it didn’t feel life was a blessing and also about now, wh ...

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