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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: Three Week Sleek Physique
By Beth Muehlhausen
02/16/11


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Three Week Sleek Physique

My fitness coach glared eye-to-eye
With firm intentions clear.
“You’ve got to straighten up your act.”
The wind of change was near.

“What must I do?” I meekly asked.
My head hung low in fear.
“Cut out the starch and sugar, too.”
My gut heard loud and clear.

I said, “Purge carbs for several meals?”
The answer came back quick.
“New habits take twenty-one days,”
It almost made me sick.

“THREE WEEKS?” I cried, “That’s way too long!”
But still she held her ground.
“Cold turkey, dear, starting today.
A new weight will be found.”

No bread or sweets? I reeled inside.
Potatoes were gone too?
Not just this day but twenty-one
With no dessert-like goo?

“I’ll start you out with a game plan.”
She spoke both loud and strong.
“This week you’ll think is very hard,
It will seem rough and long.”

“Eat veggies morning noon and night
And even in-between.
A little fruit, a little meat,
And soon you’ll be quite lean.”

Okay, I thought, I can do this,
Not only can, but will.
I’m tough, I’m cool, I’m ultra-brave.
I’ll march up Diet Hill!

But my resolve proved weak and thin.
I failed and failed some more.
At last I cried out loud to God:
“This is a HOLY war!”

I could not win in my own strength
But knew I could not quit.
And so I started o’er again
Armed with the Lords true grit.

Week one dragged on with hunger pangs
That chewed me up inside.
I craved a burger, fries and shake
And thought I’d almost died.

Week two was long and just as bad;
I dreamed of candy bars.
Could I escape the lure of junk
Like Snickers, Heath, and Mars?

But by week three I knew His grace
Had safely brought me through.
I sailed along, content enough,
My celery to chew.

Day twenty-two arrived at last
And I was one changed gal.
Bad habits of a lifetime left,
Replaced by new morale.

Old ways had passed and I was glad -
I’d keep on eating right.
I praised the Lord with hope restored
And future shining bright.

And so I stand as evidence
That change comes as it should.
Through weeks of faithful trust in God
I’m losing weight for good.


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Margaret Kearley 02/18/11
This is just brilliant - I am still giggling. As one who has tried 'marching up diet hill' (then sliding back down the other side) several times, I can so identify - maybe not with the last verse! Wonderful!!
Joanne Sher 02/22/11
Clever and fun - and I love the rhyming title. Too fun!
Bonnie Bowden02/23/11
This is such a clever and well-written poem. Keep up the good work. I was doing well until I secumbed to the taste of chocolate.
Michael Throne02/24/11
This was fun. I loved your voice and some of the clever phrasings. Congratulations on your EC!
Michael Throne02/24/11
Sorry, Beth, it wasn't an EC; my mistake. I did love it though.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/24/11
Congratulations for placing 15th in masters!