Obeast? No, Just Fat, Thank You

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July 1, 2011 by David Gillaspie

FIND SOME COMFORT HERE

 

Sarah McLachlan isn’t a spokesman for Weight Watchers

She didn’t write their theme song, but she sings to those looking to drop a few.

In the context of losing weight, Angel speaks to us all:

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay

You’ll start working out tomorrow. 

Your weekly diet plan always begins next week.

It’s taken years to load up what you carry around, what’s a little more time?

The break Sarah wrote, in the context of fitness, is usually a medical emergency, a reminder that diet and exercise really does matter.

If that’s what it takes, keep waiting.

There’s always one reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day

Do you need a reason to lose weight?  When tying your shoes feels like you’re drowning, you’ve got to do something.  If you don’t, you’re headed to Slip On world. 

The next time you’re out, count how many big folks wear slip on shoes.  It’s not a fashion statement.

I need some distraction
Oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty
And weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight

You need some distraction?  How about a fancy restaurant with three forks on one side of your plate and a spoon across the top for some high calorie distraction.  (Work the forks from the outside in.  Who knows what the spoon is for?)

Beautiful release?  Everyone feels that after a big dinner at Mamma Leone’s.  If not, stop for some ice cream on the way home.

You’ll find some peace after that meal.  You’ll drop into a food coma and watch a ball game and remember what it felt like to move freely.  The dream lets you float like a helium balloon, up, up, right into the ceiling fan and pop.

Your eyes snap open and you grab your throat.

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there

Maybe you feel since you do so much for others, you get a pass on your own fitness; that your good work is an assurance that you won’t crash and burn.

That’s your hope, your comfort?  The eighty pounds you’ve gained since high school hold you like the doughy arms of an angel.

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back

What do you do?  Change your habits, change your game?  Sometimes you change your playground to change your game.

Think about the change you need and you’ll start.

And the storm keeps on twisting
You keep on building the lie
That you make up for all that you lack

You’ve seen the stereotype before, the fat man with the tricky dance steps, the big girl with a beautiful smile and quick wit.  They compensate, you compensate, we all compensate.

Which is more difficult, compensating and living the overweight lie, or doing something about it? 

It don’t make no difference
Escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
This glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

Think about those knees.  The longer you over-burden them, the sooner they wear out.  A huge person on the scooter isn’t riding because of a bad shoulder.  Carrying too much weight disables your body.  Gravity pulls harder. 

Sarah McLachlan calls out to those working toward better health.  It doesn’t take a week-end at Lilith Faire to figure it out.

Does Angel work for you?  It will.

In the arms of an angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort there
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

Start with some fresh juice and a good fasting program

 

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