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Beware! It's Poison!

Friday, October 12, 2012

I'm writing this to think of something about my mom who died about 13 years ago from a stroke. When we were clearing out the house after she died, we found some diet pills, especially Dexatrim.

A lot of them. My mother was an obsessive dieter as long as I have known her. And this finally killed her. Which is why, as a cashier at Walmart, I cringe whenever I see somebody coming through my line with some diet pills.

This diet industry is a multi-million dollar industry, and people spend megabucks to find that magic cure for weight loss, without any effort. But there is no magic pill or powder that will do it.

And yet, the pills keep coming.

And the snake oil salesmen are still coming on, selling these things.

And quackery is a big business, especially diet quackery.

But it doesn't work. Either the pills are ineffective, or, they're downright dangerous! And I stay away from that aisle. At best, I'd be throwing my money away, at worst, I'd be killing myself.

And I work hard for my money, and don't want to just flush it like that.

There's only one surefire way to do it, and I think you and I know it.

But that takes work. That takes patience. And we don't want to do that. But it works.

And I thank God for my friends at Spark People, who cheer me on.

So no more excuses. No magical solutions.

And if there really was such a magic pill, no one would ever sell it to you because then, there would be no diet industry.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all those pounds disappear, but that only happens in Harry Potter books. No, the magic you need is in you.

So, it's working, and I know it's going to work this time. This is what I need to succeed.

Thanks for putting up with my rant and my sermon. There's no magical solution, except for the magic in you. And you can do it! If I can do it, anybody can.

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    Dude you k now just what to say and how to say it!! Very wise words indeed!!

    1978 days ago
    I needed to see this today. Very timely. Thanks.
    1978 days ago
    So true!
    1981 days ago
    What a fantastic way to communicate the true gift of SparkPeople and our taking the effort and time to make lasting changes in our lifestyles. There really is magic here in these posts, comments, and SparkTeam threads. When I think about it - to me - coming to my own understanding of what I needed to do to save my own life (so I have 47 more years of "todays" to share "me" with everyone in my life. This truly is one of the best blogs I have read since joining and I thank you for sharing this with me and the rest of the SparkWorld. May God bless you today and every tomorrow -

    Your friend - "Sprink"
    1981 days ago
  • MRE1956
    emoticon for sharing!
    1981 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Great visuals, great message!
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    1981 days ago
    Good post! I remember taking Dexatrim in high school. Only one pack. All it was was a diuretic. There are also a whole lot of unhealthy quack diets and diet books out there. Keep crusading. Maybe you'll reach some. emoticon
    1981 days ago
    Thank you -- that is a very important message! I'm happy to say that's one thing I've never fallen for, but can certainly see how one would. Your blog post should be posted at every weight-loss-drug aisle...

    1981 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    1981 days ago
    That is the best blog I have read in awhile it must have taken you a little bit to do that. But I know it was for a good reason. You are right hoard work and dedication to yourself.
    1981 days ago
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