Weight Issues

Oh, this is such an everyday topic in the media. The latest is certain celebrities are up in arms as their names are being associated with a set of scales without their permission (read ‘can’t make a buck’) . The manufacturer’s idea is to calculate the total weight loss required in order for the user to be the same size as their idols (said celebrities) .
Note I say ‘size’ here. Shape is a totally different issue, but I don’t think people are thinking in that direction. Size obviously matters.

Diets continue to come and go, the most recent I saw was the “Moon Diet” AKA “Werewolf Diet”, something to do with activities during a full moon (!) .
I didn’t bother to look to be honest as I thought it was probably a re-run of the jaffa cake advert where Teacher shows the class ‘Full Moon’ (whole jaffa cake) ‘Half Moon (one bite) ‘No Moon’ (eaten completely) .

Having struggled with my weight and failed miserably for years, I was probably the Telly Tubby prototype or model for Mrs Michelin Man.

telly tubby michelin

Previous relationships seemed to want a partner that looked good on their arm, but didn’t have too much of a brain to think for themselves. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly a paper bag job and I suppose tart up quite well when I put my mind to it, but I much prefer ‘going nude’ in the makeup stakes, and have my own views on things rather than an echo of the person I’m with. Trying to be something (and someone) I’m not simply to please somebody else just made me ill.
It’s so different today. Hubby says he’s proud to walk alongside me anywhere, anytime, however I am. He loves me, and when he tells me so (every day), I have no reason to doubt it.

Going through my Scrapbook, I found an entry from 1983 that sums it all up. I hope Shirley Bassey doesn’t mind me pinching her song title for this tweaked 2014 revision.

 I am What I am

I’d describe myself as cuddly, not fat, but far from thin,
The diets I have tried in vain just made my bank balance slim.
But ‘He’ wants me skinny and arm candy, a Page Three pin up girl,
Eyes made up, no glasses, hair long and straight, no curl.
There’s thousands out there like me, wanting to put up a fight,
We’re tired of all this male aggro, so come on Girls, Unite!
It’s the men who want us to diet, dolly birds to show off and own,
An ego trip for their vanity, why can’t they leave us alone?
We may have boobs like melons, and double chins like Mother’s Pride,
Be broad across the beam as well, but don’t shame us by being snide.
We’re nearly always cheerful, and happy with our lot,
Comfortable in mind and body, making the most of what we’ve got.
We’re homely, reliable, loyal, with sincere warmth within our heart,
At peace with all and sundry, until your comments start.
Only then do we feel ugly, displeased with what we see,
Looking in a mirror thinking ‘Good grief, that lump is me’.
Ladies, tell yourself you’re gorgeous, lose the belly by breathing in,
If anyone’s worth loving, it goes deeper than the skin.
So for all you naive gentlemen, think of what you may be denied
By not looking beyond the wrapper, you won’t know what’s inside.

jaffa cakes

Jaffa cake anyone?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Weight Issues

  1. samkbell says:

    Oscar Wilde said ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is taken’, and it’s so true! Anyone else’s standards are not what you can hold yourself to. If you love yourself, everything else will follow.

    Lovely post!

    • One of my teenage sayings was” I love me because nobody else does”. Quite sad thinking back.
      In later years, I had an excellent GP who told me to concentrate on something about myself that I liked, and then build on that. Good advice. I turned a negative situation into a positive plan, and actually like the person I am now, warts and all.!
      Thanks for reading.. Drop by again!

  2. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:

    Another fun poem contained herein about dieting.
    Last four lines sum it up nicely.

  3. willowdot21 says:

    I have seen you in photos, you are beautiful inside and out, don’t let anyone tell you different 💐🌹🌹🌹🌹💐💜💜

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