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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oops, I Did it Again

I felt the pull of its magnetic force the moment I sat down in our orthodontist's office. My head turned in its direction, and in a nanosecond's moment of clarity I said to myself, "Don't do it!" but its seductive exertion was too much for me to bear. Apparently, I harbor within myself a large, steel plate that responds to any periodical which headlines diet success stories People magazine's "Half Their Size" issue. It comes out around this time every year and it hooks me. I can't help it. I'm weak! You know what they say....

(On a side note...while researching the "there's a sucker born every minute" quote I learned it has been wrongly attributed to Mr. Barnum over the years...supposedly, it was first uttered by a NYC con man named Joseph "Paper Collar" Bessimer in the late 1800s. There's your "you learn something new every day" tidbit). 

Can you understand why it's hard to resist? Look at these folks. They look great. They had a lot more weight to lose than I ever have and they succeeded at losing the weight. That's what I always say to myself when I pick this issue up: They were larger and they did it....I should be able to as well. I imagine what these people might say to me. "You only have 50 pounds to lose? That's nothing!" I bet it isn't when you're facing a 200-pound weight loss. 
If you're reading this and you're like me, I'll save you the $5...they all lost their weight through programs like Jenny Craig (been there) and Weight Watchers (been there numerous times) and NutriSystem (surprisingly never been there) and other like programs. 
Hmm...Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers advertise in People magazine. Interesting....
It's still a challenge for me to make it through the supermarket check out without picking up Shape or Fitness or People or Us...like I said, anything promising weight loss success...but I'm working on it. At least I didn't BUY this issue. I just flipped through its glossy, promising pages while sitting in a waiting room. Not throwing my money at the diet mentality machine in support of this message is a step in the right direction. 
All of this being said, this is the latest song I added to the playlist on my iPhone. I like it. It's uplifting and fun. Enjoy!

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