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The Little Boy with the Big Belly

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Once upon a time there was a little boy. He was different from the rest because he had a big belly, just like Santa Claus. He felt good about his big belly because his daddy had a big belly, his mama had a big belly, and all his relatives had big bellies.

The little boy went to fourth grade; he was going to play football, and nobody picked him for the team. Someone told him he was "Fat," so he decided to go on a diet. He failed.

The little boy realized a couple of years later he realized that he did not have friends with big bellies, he was the only one, and people talked about him because of his big belly. So he went on a diet. He failed.

The little boy grew to be a teenager, and his big belly got bigger, another diet, after another diet after another diet. He failed. He Failed. He failed.

The little boy was a grown man and fell in love with a beautiful lady, and she loved him, despite of his big belly. He was going to get married and go to the beach. He did not want his new bride to see his big belly, so he went on a diet. He failed.

The little boy was a daddy and had little girls and little boys of his own. He loved to play with them, running, chasing, jumping, and skipping, but his big belly made it hard. So he went on a diet. He failed.

The little boy woke up morning after morning, feeling worse every day. He was a middle aged man with graying hair, creaking bones, loss of energy, and a big belly. So he went on a diet. He failed.

The little boy went to the doctor because he felt so badly. The doctor told him that he had high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and needed to try to get rid of his big belly. So he went on a diet. He failed.

The little boy had an epiphany. He was not going to diet. He was going to change his lifestyle. Dieting is a temporary fix to a life long problem, but eating right and exercising is a daily way of life that everyone needed.

The little boy still has a big belly, but it will get smaller, and smaller, and smaller as he does not diet, but changes his lifestyle, eats healthy foods, and exercises.

The little boy, his beautiful bride, his marvelous four children lived happily ever after, but the point is...he lived!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRIGFROST 1/15/2011 11:12AM

    "Great Story".... emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 1/15/2011 9:14AM

    It is about a healthy lifestyle.We all do fall down,but pick ourselves back up and keep going.keep up the great work

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MNBRINKLEY 1/15/2011 8:52AM

    OK. I know this is cheesy, but reality is that I can't diet because I will fail. I was discouraged at a 3 pound loss this morning, but had to reflect how I feel (despite having oral surgery this week.) I have more energy, I feel less stressed, I am resting better (that may have something to do with the brand new $4,000 Temprapedic Mattress), and I want to get up and move.

Weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, more energy, better rest, and lower stress are all just bi products of living a life style that is healthy. And I will fail, I will someday again go to the Chinese buffet, eat the seafood platter from Pappadeaux, have a hamburger and fries with a side of peanut butter ice cream, and make choices that will not be healthy. But my reality is that if I live my life on a diet, limiting everything, everyday, then I am going to fail. I commit not to a diet, but to living a healthy lifestyle, filled with good for me foods, movement, exercise, and over all making good choices, and not beating myself up over the occasional poor choice.

The point of life is living.

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