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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)

TITLE: Off, On Again, Off Again, Never Again
By Annette Agnello


Almost all people are unhappy with their bodies. There are diets, some good, some bad. And someone has tried them all. For a while there I thought I was that someone.

I didnít fall for every diet I never bought into the hard boiled egg, and hotdog diet. I did fall for the one where you eliminate salt. That is very unhealthy a certain amount of salt is necessary for your blood chemistry. I did loose about 30 lbs on it before I ended up being told by a doctor, ďThis is dumb and you have to stop it.Ē When I stopped it I gained 50 lbs.

Next there was the work it off approach. I got an exercise bike and worked up to ten miles a day. I lost nearly 60 lbs then I got to tired of having no life away from the bike. I gained back 75 lbs.

Finally I got on the weight watchers plan and got all the way to the goal weight at the loss of 109 lbs. It took three years to get there but I got a job with weight watchers. I felt great I was sure I would never be fat again, that was 87 lbs ago. I had gotten married and was spending a lot of the time looking after my father-in-law. I had nothing to do but cook and manage the kitchen, and care for my father- in-law. The one who insisted on meat, farewell the healthy vegetarian life. Not only that but it was over 45 minutes one way to get to the closest place to get vegetarian food. I had done a lot of oriental cooking which is very healthy and low calorie if made correctly. My father-in-law hates oriental food and wonít touch it.
Breakfast was always the way to loose weight. My husband insists on four course breakfasts. Gone are the days of a quarter of a melon an a bit of cheese. I had nothing to do of importance to do so I sat and stuffed my face; and got fat. I had given away all my fat clothes, and when I say I donít have a thing to wear. I donít have a thing to wear!!!

Writing again has become my lifeline. I am back on the Weight Watcherís Program and doing fine. The key wasnít the diet but being so occupied that I was to busy grab for the chips, and had things more important than watching television with my feet up.

The paradigm shift begin before I tried writers groups. The groups let me know two things. First, I found out I wasnít as bad as I thought at writing. Next, I found out there were people interested in what I had to say. The groups are wondrous things, you get to know people from all over the world. You get to read hundreds of different viewpoints. For instance when I first joined this group the challenges were one word each. I never imagined how many different directions a single word could take people. I look forward to each weekís challenge; forward to the contests, articles, anything that makes me something better than a couch potato.

Iím getting my life back. When itís back to the way it should be Iíll never let it go again.

Member Comments
Member Date
Al Boyce08/30/04
Thanks Annette. Glad to hear you are on writing again (and hopefully off the unhealthy foods). I pray God will continue to bless your writing and your weight loss efforts.
darlene hight08/30/04
Yep! always a learning experience here!LOL
Joanne Malley08/31/04
Good for you and your self-discipline! Glad to hear that writing is in your life. Nice article!
John Hunt09/01/04
Boy, dittos here. It certainly take a lot of work, especially when you get older.
Stay tuff and stay blessed!
L.M. Lee09/02/04
hang in there! I admire your determination.