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January 04, 2009

You Say You Wanna Go to Rehab?

Diet I am a serial dieter. Yes, it's true.

I've been on every diet that ever existed over the last 25 years or so. Liquid diets, low-carb diets, cabbage soup diets, calorie-counting diets, points-counting diets, fad diets, personalized diets, pre-packaged food diets, and "stand on your head and eat a cookie" diets (ok, I fibbed on that last one).

I am a dietary veteran.

I know more than some educated nutritionists. Heck, I even did a stint in my twenties working for a diet company (which, by the way was the last time I saw south of 150.)

I know the rules.

Eat less. Move more.

It seems so simple, doesn't it? However, the goal of being slim has evaded me most of my adult life. I have lost the same 60-70 pounds over and over again, but in recent years losing anything has become a struggle. Blame that on being 40.


Something terrible happens as you cross the threshold into middle age, and the prize is slower metabolism and fat redistributing in the worst of areas.

Losing weight cannot be bought.

I can vouch for that having spent thousands of dollars through the years. Ask Oprah... even multi-millionaires can't buy thinness. For some of us, losing weight sometimes remains the goal never reached. And even if we do succeed, the chances are high that we can so easily undo all the hard work we put in. One Krispy Creme can begin the decent back into my fat jeans (or should I say 'fatter " jeans?).

As each new year passes by, I among millions of others, vow to eat healthy and finally drop the weight (or some of it at least). This year is no different.

On Monday, you will find me standing in line signing up once again to battle the fat demon. I will succumb to the weight-loss Gods and throw myself back into proportional, sensible eating and daily power-walks. I will beg for the will-power to at least stay in the game through February.

I'm back on the wagon.

Or as I like to call it, I am going back to Rehab.

Original post by Shelli to New Jersey Moms Blog. ...Shelli also blogs about imagining herself as a size 10 at http://bagmomma.blogspot.com/.


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