Writers (wait--everyone does) need to be healthy, so . . .
- Slow down. Your stomach lies. Get that. Believe it. It's not going to starve to death in the next hour.
- Another lie the stomach is famous for is that you can eat two scoops of those mashed potatoes. Nonsense.
- Regardless of what you learned from your mother, leave something on your plate. It not only is great for reducing your food intake, but it gives you a feeling of control.
- Begin cutting back on fats. Try using a healthier margarine. Shop around till you find one you like. Use no-fat spray for cooking. Watch the cheeses; search for tasty, healthier ones. Eat lots of veggies and fruits.
- Drink water; lots of it. If you don't like water, flavor it with something you like--lemon juice, a dash of juice, or a blended piece of fruit.
- Make healthy smoothies. There are no rules, choose your favorites, use low-fat milk, water, or juice.
- Start exercising. If you're not used to it, start while sitting in a chair. Work your legs and arms. Then move into more as you're able.
- Walk the pet. Play with the cat. Multitask. Use your imagination while dusting, sweeping, listening to music.
- Remember: it doesn't happen in a day. Take one meal at a time. One day at a time. Don't beat yourself up. Keep at it. Take small steps. Small improvements.
And make sure you check with your doctor.
Happiness is a direction, not a destination.