Last November I attended the La Jolla’s Writers Conference. I love this conference. I was embraced by mentors and students alike. Everyone there really wanted everyone to succeed. If you love to write, it is a great conference. I highly recommend it.
I met a new author, John Nelson, who just completed and published his first book, a memoir, entitled “Where Excuses Go to Die”. I suggest you check it out. The book is fabulous.
It is about his life as a thief and bank robber who gets caught and sent to prison and what he learned about himself and life. It is a real eye opener and page turner.
John’s book got me to thinking. His message applies to us foodaholics. Ask yourself, do you make excuses as to why you’re fat? Do you try to rationalize your weight problem? Do you blame your childhood, or perhaps circumstances that happened to you, legitimately traumatizing, yet, because of emotional turmoil you use food to comfort and self-medicate?
Chances are you will answer yes to these questions. I know I did. I am admittedly an emotional eater. I have survived several very difficult and traumatizing events in my life. I have used food for comfort and self-medicating.
Where has it gotten me? Fat! Pain in my back, hips, and knees. Frustrated, This is not the life I want for myself, and I know you feel the same way.
Honestly, our “excuses” for overeating are understandable. Life can be tough. But, our excuses are not excusable. People suffer through much turmoil. Using food to self-medicate is abusive toward us. We deserve better.
Bury those excuses somewhere else, and as far away as you can from your mind. We deserve the best life possible. It begins with us taking care of ourselves and setting the example to others. May all excuses to binge eat go somewhere to die. Who cares where? Just as long as we know every time we sabotage our health, the only excuse we have is inexcusable. We are making a conscience choice to binge. Don’t do it. Let’s make a choice to succeed, to live well, and to live a healthy lifestyle. Let’s be that person that others will look up to, that person that inspires others to eat well and be healthy.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.