Monday, November 06, 2006

Skinny Bitch

Last night, Peter and I got a call asking us to go to a formal dinner next Saturday. Ordinarily, I would be over the moon at the prospect of dressing up and would have looked forward to it for weeks.

But I'm expected to yank myself out of squirrely writer mode on six days' notice?

And we have to find a babysitter pronto, andI think I've gained a pound or two since the last dinner-dance we attended. I've a gorgeous, never-worn dress hanging in my closet (my mother, who has since died, helped me pick it out for an event that ended up being canceled).

Oh! I have gained a pound or two.

Well, we can fix that in a hurry. I'll drink oceans of lemon water this week and eat organic. No meat! No dairy! (A week without cheese will be a real challenge, especially since I hadn't time to psych myself up for it. I am a fool for cheese.)

I'll pull my favorite food book off the shelf for inspiration:

WARNING: If profanity offends you, stay away from this book! But if you don't blink at swear words, and you could use some novel advice on how to get healthy and take the pounds off, check it out. It's a riot!


Aisling said...

Terry! Take the splendid advice you have shared with us in your e-book and your blog. Seriously!

Let me explain. Five years ago, I was facing my 40th BD, and had the light go on within, urging me to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers and went from a size 12 to a 4. I looked better than I had ever looked in my life, but still lacked confidence. I wasn't that thin even as a teenager. I didn't attract good or interesting people in my life, even looking like a million bucks.

I have gained some of the weight back. Heck, I love to eat and love my wine! I'm now a rather "snug" size 6. But guess what? Since reading your e-book and blogs and Joseph Murphy's Book "The power of your subconscious mind," I am learning to love myself regardless of whether I can wear a size 4. And you know what? Over the past six months, I am projecting a confidence that is attracting more people than when I was much younger, and thinner than I am now. The daughter of two very prominent internationally known people recently told me that I have a "presence and dignity" that is apparent when I walk in a room. You could have knocked me over with a feather!

No, I haven't yet met Mr. Right, but I believe that with my newfound self-love and confidence, my chances are better than when I was an immature, though albeitly less wrinkled, 26. I am attracting better people, both male and female, into my life. I'm also considering a job transfer which offers more money, challenges, and, of course, a new geographical setting in which I can meet more new people!

You are SO right when you say attracting a good man is not about looks. Granted, as you put it so humorously, we are not "free to roam the planet in a sweatsuit" LOL. However, we can cut ourselves some slack. I still run three miles 3-4 times per week, but no longer am obsessed with a certain weight or size. Look around. Do the "skinny" drop-dead gorgeous women really have an easier time than the rest of us? Hardly. Think Halle Berry, Heather Locklear, Christie Brinkley.

Anyway, sorry to drone on so long. Just wanted to say I've seen your picture and you are a beautiful woman. More importantly, you are obviously very caring and conscious of the world and people around you. This will be obvious to the people you meet at your dinner.

You know all this, I guess I'm really talking to the rest of your readers!

Have fun!

Terry said...

Your comment made my day, Aisling. Thanks for every single word of it. By the way, I happen to love my wine, too!