Friday, July 3, 2009

SELF HELP

I guess we all know what Self Help means. There are so many books on so many subjects but they boil down to suggesting the means, acquiring the tools to just help ourselves through. I often look back to 1981 when I took the bull by the horns, went to the Weight Loss Clinic here in my home town and decided that the battle of the bulge was not going to win. This was a new concept in weight loss and when I think about it now, I don't know how I ever did it. Basically the program was a 500 calorie a day diet and drinking 8 glasses of water. Even then I had a hard time losing but after 5 1/2 months, I had lost 55 pounds. Success was mine. I was never going to gain it back again...and I didn't for 8 years. But then it was ailing parents and drastic changes in schedule and...well,it all sounds like excuses but here I am still wearing the size 16 I've been for most of my adult life. But, boy, the body sure shifts that size 16 around as it ages. Anyway, tonight I tried my hand at another poem on the subject.

UPON THE SHELF
By Patty Lynn

I’ve thought about the prospect
Of watching ev’ry bite
Of counting points and calories
From morning until night.

I’ve asked myself some questions
‘bout what I’d like to see
Of course, I’d want the end result
To be a better me.

But what about the process
The dedication, too,
The key would be, consistency
But, gosh, it makes me blue…

To think about the length of time
T’would take to reach that goal.
I’m sure not getting younger
This quest would take it’s toll.

No easy task is this one
I know, “no pain, no gain”
But this seems so impossible
Then there’s the mental strain,

And then there comes sweat equity,
I really hate that part,
Although I know that it would be
The best thing for my heart.

But then you add post-menopause
When losing's quite a trick.
Yes, that’s the time your waist and head
Are generally THICK!

I guess I must admit that I
Am hardly my best ally.
I’m sure that I will fail at this
And so I’d rather not try.

So till I can be positive
And learn to help myself
Those diet books will still remain
In dust upon the shelf.

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