Once upon a time, in a faraway place lived a beautiful little girl. She was innocent as children are, learning how to walk and talk, and play. But life was not good in the kingdom that she was born into. The queen of the castle was not a happy queen. The king had left the kingdom never to be found again, and there she was trying to be a good queen mother to her small princess. Many suitors came to the castle seeking the queen's hand in marriage, but finding out that an unhappy queen lived within were soon scared away. The little princess watched her queen and grew more unhappy herself each day.
One day, the princess fell asleep by a tree in the garden. She dreamt that the kingdom had been restored. The queen was once again happy, and all sorts of wonderful celebrations and parties occured regularly in the castle and in the kingdom with her as the guest of honor. There she stood, all glowing, slim, and full of energy and kindness for all.
The dream began to fade, and the princess began to slowly climb out of her dreamy state. When she looked down at herself, she was nothing of what she had just dreamt about. Her dress was too tight, and she struggled to even stand up. What had happened while she had slept? She recalled the wonderful dream she had, the parties and celebrations with endless pastries and culinary delights...What kind of a dream was it that she had awakened like this? Had some horrid witch cast a spell on her whilst she slept?
Stumbling into the castle to find the queen, tears streaming down her face, horrified by the stares she was recieving the princess searched endlessly for the queen. Reaching the very top of the tower she found a wizard. Uh huh, she thought...he is the one that has cast the spell. Casting insults and dispersions upon him she exhausted herself and wished she had brought a picnic lunch with her. Casting blame was rather exhausting.
The old wise wizard smiled warmly at her and said, "My dear, you have been asleep."
"No duh," the princess thought angrily to herself.
"Think back to your dream princess. Did anyone force you to eat all those delicious goodies and extra helpings? or did you just forget yourself and eat enough for the whole kingdom?" He smiled and then vanished.
"Wizard?" she called out. "Wizard, you can't just leave me here without a solution."
"You need to see the royal cook." was all she heard.
The royal cook, the princess moaned, that was at least 6 flights of stairs down again. Standing at the top of the stairs looking down she wondered if she would survive the journey. Slowly but surely she made her way down the 6 flights. She found at the end of the journey that her dress was fitting just a bit looser and that, although she was exhausted, she even felt better inside. She hustled off to the kitchen, finding the royal cook immersed in a Spark People cookbook.
"Oh, royal cook, the wizard has sent me to see you."
"Ah, yes, I have been expecting you." the cook smiled. "I am glad to see that you are finally awake. I wondered when you were going to wake up."
"Help me!" the princess snapped. "Look at me. Look what happened while I was asleep."
"I see that." the royal cook replied. "And I can help you, if you follow my instructions implicitly. You must eat only what I set before you, and climb the tower stairs once a day every day for the rest of your life. Only then will you be free from your dream and a slim, energetic princess again."
"Oh, I will, I will," the princess promised in haste only to find the journey to her weight loss was not all that easy at times. At times she hated climbing the tower stairs, and sometimes, the food was awful, and not enough, and she had to bribe her servants and courtiers to find pastries in the village.
But as the dusk of her life drew near and those who loved her, adored her, served her, and even liked her (even a little bit) stood by her bedside, she realized - she was finally truly awake and alive. She now understood - it was she that had caused herself to go to sleep and only she who could awaken herself.
Long live the awake, alive, and slim princess.