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Bodywork, tune-up, major repairs

Friday, October 21, 2011

I just read Harold and Maude. It's a charming little book. It's really just the movie's screenplay that they published as a novel.

Here's a passage from it that I loved:

-- "I knew a man once who used to like working with cars. A German, wonderful person, but he would spend all his time fixing his car and making it run beautifully. Then came the war, and he lost his car. He had to walk everywhere, and so he found himself spending his time making his body fit and trim. He fixed it up, and it ran beautifully. After the war, he decided not to go back to cars. 'Cars come and go,' he said, 'but your body is your transportation for life.'"

Harold looked over at Maude. "Are you trying to tell me something?" he asked.

Maude smiled. "I just did," she said. --

The book is written by Colin HIggins. What a great movie, too!

Since I read this, I've been thinking about my body as my transportation. Lately I've had to do a lot of clothes shopping, which is not something I do very often. I had to because I needed winter clothes and so many of my things are too big now (!!!!wahoo!!!!). Shopping feels funny because I don't know how long the items I buy will fit.

(Just to be clear, tha isn't a picture of me! I would love to show y'all some pictures, but my camera died recently. Some big expenses have arisen (dental work, new glasses because I broke the old ones) so I probably won't be getting a new camera until the new year.)

So much feels odd these days. I catch sight of myself in mirrors downtown and am so surprised by how slim I look, and then I look at myself (naked) in my full length mirror at home, and am so surprised by how big I still am. I'm in the middle of a major overhaul of my transportation, have made changes, have more changes still to come…. It feels u-n-s-e-t-t-l-e-d.

Sometimes I love how exciting it is, but sometimes I just want to go back to lying on the couch and eating bonbons. Remember that familiar comfort of gluttony and sloth? Well, I can always go back…but no; I don't really want that! I just want the feeling of familiarity and comfort that I got from my old habits. The new ones are still so new, you know?

Buying new clothes is one way to fix up my transportation, but it's purely cosmetic, like getting new seat covers or some fuzzy dice to hang from the rearview mirror. The kind of work I'm really excited about is beyond a tune-up; it's major body work and a full engine overhaul.

I went for a walk with a friend recently, and we walked so quickly! She's tall and has long legs, but I had no trouble keeping up with her. That's because my transportation is running better than it has in years! I'm keeping my engine purring with high octane fuel, keeping my fluids topped up.

It's so funny that I'm using all these car metaphors, when my only vehicle is a bicycle!

Once again, I have to show off my dream-cycle, Carmella. She reminds me of an orange creamsicle. And a sunset. And a carnival ride. It's good to love your bike! It's wonderful to be self-propelled.

Just as an aside, I am drinking so much water, and the more I drink, the more I seem to need it! I never used to crave water, but now I want it as soon as I wake up. How cool is that?

I studied biochemistry, so please pardon the geek talk here. Water is essential for both lipolysis of triacylglycerides in adipose tissue and for the beta-oxidation of free fatty acids. You need water to break down fat and get energy from it. Yay! Drink that H20!

I hope your transportation is running optimally. I hope you're enjoying the ride!

P.S. I do have one picture of myself, which a friend took on her phone when were eating out for Oktoberfest. Here it is.

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  • BISCO_
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    Sadly I think I'm in the throws of gluttony and sloth! emoticon
    3215 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Love this blog, the Harold and Maude reference, and of course the biochemistry. Makes me happy to see your smiling face--I can picture it as you ride that beautiful bike! Hope you have mended well.
    3219 days ago
    What an absolutely wonderful blog. Great metaphors and pictures. And lots of important information.
    I saw Harold and Maude and for the life of me I can only remember that I really loved it and that my girlfriends and I talked about it forever. And I think it's about an older woman and a younger man and they loved going to funerals? Am I right? And yes, your bike does look like a yummy creamsicle. And I too now crave water which is something I have never craved before. It seems the more I drink the more my body demands water. I also run to the bathroom a lot more which sometimes is a little inconvenient.
    I haven't yet had to go on a shopping spree for smaller clothes so I've got to confess that I did live a little vicariously through your experience.
    And I have to admit that you are not the first to have a distorted body image which I think we all are suffering from having reinforced repeatedly not liking our image in the mirror. I remember when I was actually underweight, that the only way I knew I wasn't overweight was by saying to myself that if I am wearing size 26 jeans I can't be fat.
    From your smiling face, I can see that you are one beautiful woman and I am so glad that we are friends
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    3219 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2011 10:53:50 PM
    You look great to go along with great news!!! :-D I'm so happy to read it!
    3220 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Okay, I must admit, I am having some Creamsicle bicycle ENVY. Love the photo of your lovely self. What a great passage from Harold and Maude - I so enjoyed that movie, and I SO enjoyed this blog. PS I have often said drinking water is the easiest good habit because, once you do it for a little bit, it takes care of itself by instilling strong cravings (the good kind). emoticon
    3220 days ago
    really enjoyed this blog....thankyou !!! emoticon
    3220 days ago
    wow, this was SO BEAUTIFUL and so motivating for myself and I am sure YOU! I can oompletely relate to the almost confusion buying clothes out of necessity, but almost feeling lost. Did you reach for your old size over and over again like I did too? Almost sure that this was a dream, and really you simply could not be that much smaller? It was an amazing, and honestly kind of a scary feeling for me. Like I wondered if it would end, and I would get big aain. But I am striving for greatness, like you!

    I love the pics, and the book (I need to read that!) love love love it all! Thank you for this!

    3220 days ago
    I saw Harold & Maude years ago. I like that idea of thinking of your body as your transportation....and your vehicle is becoming high performance.
    I love your bike...so cute.
    I know how you feel about water. I feel the same way. I always have water with me.
    You are awesome!
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    BTW...love the pic of you. You have such a warm smile.
    3220 days ago
    It was lovely to read your blog. That is a great quote from Harold and Maude. You could pretend that your body is singing to you, "I'm your vehicle, baby. I'll take you anywhere you want to go." I'd write more but my brain is overworking words 'cause I'm in the middle of proposal and application fun fun.

    3220 days ago
    Great photo - love your smile - here's to remembering our body is not only our transportation, but the only one we've got!
    3220 days ago
  • GAL7288
    I love that quote from that book, and it is true the body is our transportation and it's sad we emphasize on other things more than our own body. I hope you don't mind if I copy it and set it as a reminder for myself.
    3220 days ago
    So glad to hear you're doing well! I love the metaphors! I've been having a pretty good go of it myself lately. Good luck and keep it up!

    Looking forward to pics when you get a new camera!
    3220 days ago
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