Inspired by one of my faves!

Friday, February 26, 2010

So, yeah---as most of you know, my life on WW has changed greatly over the past two years---blah, blah, blah. Besides now being one a JULIE/JULIA type quest to see how many WW/ Hungry Girl creations I can come up with (did a mean French Onion soup last night---will post recipe on my FB profile later)--But now I become enraptured with other people's journeys!

I can remember when I was unhealthy and unmotivated---and if someone was kicking it in the healthy living department, I automatically tuned them out. Simple reason---if I wasn't living a positive or healthy life, I sure did not want to hear of other people's victories. Egos are funny that way--instead of hearing something and say---WOW! I am inspired by that, I would turn down the volume and say "I can do that---I just don't feel like it today."

So---flashback to 1992 in Chicago when I saw a screamingly funny one man show called "I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With" by a then unknown very portly gentleman named Jeff Garlin. In his side splitting tales---the ones that hit home the most were the ones about his absolute no-holds-barred obsession with food. He even used the rarely used term "Compulsive Eating Disorder". Again, I was about to fall out of my seat with joy (plus I had/still have a HUGE crush on this HUGE man---as I said in my FB status, he needs to leave his wife for me)--as he told stories of loving JELLO PUDDING POPS so much he would call the 1-800 number just to tell the person on the line how "delicious and chocolatey" they were. After all, Jeff did observe that the number said call if you had "questions or comments" and he figured his was a comment.

Another favorite tale (remember this was '92 and I still remember) was his first serious attempt to lose weight, and he took his boxes of POP TARTS and threw them away. He was then unable to fall asleep as he thought of his beloved POP TARTS sitting in the garbage---and he hated to admit that he dug them out of the trash---but alas "they were completely covered in foil so they were still clean and tasty"! To a person who only eats food to refuel and stay alive (and if you are one of these types you are probably not reading this blog), this sounds insane---but to those who truly LIVE TO EAT in lieu of EAT TO LIVE---well, let's just say we all have a little George Costanza digging-the-eclair-out-of-the-
trash ("it was on top of a doiley") in us!

So---lately on the most recent CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASMs I thought my boy Jeff had been looking quite svelte. Well, in a perfect comedic combo, he was on Daily Show with Jon Stewart promoting his new book "My Footprints" all about conquering this obsession of food---my favorite moment was when Jon, reflecting on the days when he and Jeff spent many an hour sitting in diners in their early comedy days, told him he felt like such an enabler to Jeff's addiction. "There is nothing more than two Jews like more than to eat, and discuss eating" Stewart quipped! So true!

So, I cannot wait to get a copy of this book and am so happy that I can continue to relate to this genius---OK, I never dug pop tarts out of the trash---but I have some binging tales that could rival that! That's for another blog!

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    2913 days ago
    Nikki, love this blog!! I don't know why I've never heard of Jeff Garlin, because he is definitely my kinda guy. Good for you for all your cooking and food inventing and experimenting. I'm gonna do something new soon, too. So easy to get in a rut.

    Your comments about people not hearing the message is very profound. There are family members I would like to "help" or inspire, but they have to have their eyes and ears open and be ready. Perhaps it will come some day. Take care, Marsha
    2913 days ago
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