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The Clash song that defined me

Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm not recently overweight. It's been my entire life with a few, fleeting periods of being closer to normal, but still overweight. I have never been a healthy weight. I am working on getting there and plan to stay there once I do.

This blog was triggered by me adding a sparkfriend. Like me, he is 46, wants to lose 80-ish pounds, and has low self-esteem. And, it made me wonder is he's been overweight as long as I have, which made me think back to when I was much younger. I wrote about "High School Skinny" before, which I never was. But, much of my self image was shaped back in high school, and honestly, it was shaped by one song.

The Leader by The Clash - and it's one line in the song that did it -

"Now the girl let the fat man touch her, vodka fumes and the feel of a vulture."

How pathetic is it that one line in a Clash song from 1980 that was never really popular here in the United States could have such an impact on me? But, that's what did it. I have been the fat man all my life.

I am going to have to break out of that - first physically, then mentally.
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SHAWNEDA 9/19/2011 10:01PM

    Tim, if you evict the fat man mentally, you'll never be him physically again! You're more than the lyric in a former semi popular rock song. You're a really cool dude and you are more than able to do this. Have you heard the spark song by SP success story and back up singer to Beyonce Tiffany? It helps me so much and it is so positive. I challenge you to pick a new theme song for yourself that you listen to every time the tune of the old one tries to play. You'll kick that fat man out in no time. The truth is you're not a fat man, you're a man with some fat stored up to fuel his new healthy lifestyle (that is how I look at myself now, FWIW.) Hope this helps. You ran a half marathon, you're a rock star as far as I'm concerned. YOU.CAN.DO.THIS. Keep sparking!

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