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Life in a Goldfish Bowl!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I’ve been a Keeper of Goldfish since I was about 12 years old. My first golden beauty lived in a round goldfish bowl, but as I grew and my income grew so did the size of the bowls my fish were housed in. Today I have a 55 gallon tank in my living room that is home to three goldfish and one pleco.

My first fish didn’t live very long, even though I religiously kept the bowl clean and fed him three times a day. I thought I was giving him the best possible life. How wrong I was!

My fish that live in my living room now live a very different lifestyle. The tank size is probably way more than what they need. The water is cleaned through a state-of-the-art filtration system and I feed them maybe once every 2 to 3 days. Two of these fish have lived with me and my husband since before my daughter was out of college. So, approximately four years.

When my children were young, we had a goldfish that was purchased as a feeder fish for under 50 cents. He lived in a five gallon tank for many years and lived to a ripe old age of 18. By this time in my goldfish farming life, I had realized that goldfish shouldn’t be fed three times a day – as they will literally eat themselves to death.

As I sit hear thinking about my fish, I realize that my own lifestyle for some time was similar to that of my first goldfish. Munching during the evenings, eating all the wrong things, I arrived at a weight that was 50% greater than my normal weight range. I became borderline with high blood pressure and really did not feel well, inside or out. Since finding Spark People and choosing to create a life-style change for myself, I have been able to drop my weight into a good BMI range, my blood pressure is now back to normal and I feel so much better. Too bad it took me so long to realize that all the food I was rewarding myself with was not good for my health and that sitting in front of a television set was adding to my problems. Here’s to eating healthy and living healthier!
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