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Do I Really Want to Lose Weight?

Do I really want to lose weight?  I don’t know, do you?

I am a healthy size 14, which apparently makes me the average American woman.  I would like to be a healthy size 12.  I was a size 10 before I had my son, but between the spreading of my ribs that he managed with his little baby knees plus developing actual breasts (Woo-hoo, real boobs!  Where were you when I needed a date for prom?), I doubt that’s in the cards.  But you never know.

I have reached a point in my life where I’ve learned a lot of personal truths, and one of them is this– skinny just does NOT feel as good as chocolate tastes.  I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser on TV and I love seeing people change their lives, but what I’d really love is to see the contestants sit down with doctors and trainers after the contest portion is over and develop a goal weight that will fit into their real lives while requiring no more than 2 workouts per week and permitting the occasional pizza.  By the end of the season, the contestants are so focused on losing weight that they are living at the gym and eating half the calories their healthy bodily functions require.  To no one’s surprise, they put on a fair bit of weight immediately after the show, and some of them get so depressed about it that they gain it ALL back and then some.  The contestants who manage to maintain their ultra-skinny weight are the ones who go professionally  into training, motivational speaking, or spokesmanship, where they are in effect being paid to stay skinny.

If your major life goals include wanting to work in media or entertainment, you want to lose weight.  Media is brutal.  Unless you’re Kathy Bates, you can’t work in television and eat pie.  On the other hand, you’ll likely be well compensated in money and prestige.  Is that what you want?

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