Weight, ugh, my weight.
If you’ve struggled with weight most of your life, you know what I mean. If not, you’re probably like my very-slim-her-whole-life sister, who most likely never EVER thought about her weight. Oh, maybe a couple of times — when she needed to put on a few pounds. How I used to rail against this gene lottery unfairness LOL.
I let The Scale define me. It began in my early teens when my father launched a life-long running commentary on my weight. The result is a lifetime of losing the same twenty-five pounds over and over again – with my flowing and ebbing esteem heavily wrapped up in it.
In the last ten years I’ve been on a journey to diminish the power of other’s opinions, and instead cultivate my own power. To have a healthy, realistic view of weight. I now better understand the “value of health” vs. “what the scale says”. I am focusing instead on a healthy lifestyle – a balance of moving more and eating less. Eating food that ‘loves me back’ instead of hurting my body. That goes for drink as well.
So many benefits to not drinking. For both body and soul. Some of the benefits relate to weight. It never really sunk into my head over these many drinking years that alcohol contains the emptiest of calories – and lots of them. By not drinking I am avoiding at least 750 unhealthy empty calories a day. That isn’t even counting the wanton consumption of salt/fat/oil foods that alcohol encourages. I used to think drinking wine (vs. say Bailey’s creme liquor) made it low fat and okay! During a stint in Weight Watchers many years ago you could “WW© points” your glasses of wine – and make it part of your daily caloric intake! At that time Weight Watchers also sold their own-branded wine. Oy vey!
I had the joy and fun of working with Robbie Robertson, a founding member of The Band, on his solo album Storyville. As his publicist I traveled to New Orleans with him, where the storyline of the songs takes place, and where the album was recorded, to have him conduct interviews with the likes of Rolling Stone. We then went on to New York City for his appearance on SNL. Yes, I have had plenty of glitz and glamor in my past life! Robbie is a legend. I’d describe him as charming and wily – my boss used to describe him (very affectionately) as the original snake oil salesman.