Thursday, February 03, 2005


Lose Weight By Opening Your Eyes

When Mary walked down the aisle with her new husband, she was 26 years old and weighed a trim 9 stone. In fact, so many people told her she had a nice figure that it never occurred to her to look after it. So she stopped eating sensibly and got a bit careless.

She didn’t rush out and start bingeing, or anything like that. She just had a few too many meals out and a bit too much fried food. Result? In her first year of marriage, she put on a stone. Did it bother her? Of course not. After all, doesn’t everyone put on weight when they get married?

Then she got pregnant, which gave her the perfect excuse to eat whatever she wanted. Result? She put on another stone. Did this bother her? Not really. After all, doesn’t everyone put on weight when they have a baby?

Two more food-filled pregnancies followed and Mary put on another two stone. By this stage, she was 32 years old and a plump 13 stone. Wasn’t she a bit worried about her weight now? Not really. After all, she had better things to do than worry about her figure. She had three small children to look after, a pile of dirty clothes to wash and a house to clean. Her weight was simply not a priority – not at the moment. So she carried on eating.

What about her husband? Did he mind that his bride of 9 stone had ballooned to 13 stone? Perhaps, but he had no intention of saying anything. Like most husbands, he preferred an easy life. Besides, he wasn’t exactly slim, himself!

So the years slipped by, the children started school and gradually Mary had more time to herself. At first, she enjoyed it, but soon boredom crept in. Result? Her eating habits got worse. She cooked bigger roasts, she bought more cakes, and she filled the fridge with coleslaw and chocolate.

By the age of 40, she was 15 stone and rising. Did she mind? Not really. After all, most of her friends were fat and so was her husband, so as far as Mary was concerned, she wasn’t fat at all – she was quite normal!

Then one day, she went into hospital for a successful operation on her eyes.

You see, for the past thirty years Mary had been blind. But now, thanks to her doctors, her eyes were literally opened. When she saw her family (and guide-dog), she wept with joy! Everyone looked so wonderful!

However, one thing didn’t look at all wonderful: her overweight body. You see, while she was blind she had been able to kid herself that she looked OK, but now she could see the truth. The truth was she looked like a big blubbery whale! It was time to take herself in hand. So she did.

She began by changing her shopping habits. She stopped buying her usual cakes, biscuits, chocolate, crisps, coleslaw, burgers, sausages and chicken nuggets, and bought lots of bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, cereal, fruit, vegetables, beans and lean meat, instead. She also bought lots of low-fat sauces and pickles to make everything extra tasty. Finally, for dessert, she bought lots of low-fat yogurt, tinned fruit and low-fat mousse.

Result? She ate well, lost weight and felt great! Within 12 months, she was back to being a lovely size 12, and she, her family and the dog lived happily ever after.

Are you a Mary? Are you closing your eyes to a serious weight problem? If so, you are asking for trouble because your quality of life is only going to get worse. A better approach is to stand in front of a mirror, take a good honest look at yourself and if you don’t like what you see, take action to put it right!

Personally, I think that life is too short to waste time being tired and fat. What do you think?

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