You know why I’m thin?
I work at it, that’s why. I watch what I eat.
I’m not slender because I’m lucky or have good genes, it’s because watching my weight is a conscious choice I’ve made my entire life.
What brought this on?
Fat Marilyn, that’s who.
Who said, that’s so mean?
Whenever I see her she comments on my weight. It goes something like this:
“Susannah, hi; omigod, look at you, don’t you eat? You’re like a 12 year-old boy, or a ruler. How do you still have no hips? Want some of mine? ha ha – Have you tried the new scone at Starbucks? How bout this weather huh?”
She’s the queen of non sequiturs all said in one long breathless litany. I try being nice, but I’ll admit, run when I see her coming. One time, to avoid her, I even hid behind a pillar at the post office.
The constant commentary is wearing since there’s no hidden agenda on my part.
I eat cookies in bed too, just not 365 days a year and I exercise no matter what. Take this morning for instance, due to a very long, stressful day, I’m extremely tired and too much so to run, so I walked instead. Was it my best hour in the park? No, but I still went.
What do we call this?
Vigilance, which means, the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible dangers or difficulties. In this case, an expanding waistline.
Please don’t mistake this for boasting. I’m merely explaining why I manage to keep my weight down.
I really watch my carbs and sugar; that’s not to say I never have them, but I do look for signs of mindless eating especially if I’m unusually stressed, tired, or heartbroken. This is when the cookies come out and like everyone, could go through the whole bag, but the difference is I don’t.
Okay, occasionally yes, I do, but it’s not all the time. Camille and I once had a contest to see who could eat the most Oreos in fifteen minutes…guess who won?
Marilyn however, eats constantly. I know this after being in her company on more than one occasion while she comments on everyone’s weight who’s present. One could say she’s pound for pound possessed.
Here are my personal habits:
As the day goes on I eat less. Breakfast and lunch are my main meals and dinner is light. If I’m going out it’s always fish and a vegetable.
It’s a myth when people say there was nothing wholesome for them to eat and this includes at a sit-down dinner party. You eat the greens that are always served since they make the table look nice and festive. And if you’re worried about being hungry eat before you go.
I learned this from Mammy in Gone With The Wind when she made Scarlett have a snack before the Twelve Oaks Ball.
All I know is, I don’t ever want to look in the mirror and be appalled at what I see. Things are tough enough without wearing a muumuu.
And no, this had nothing to do with being a model for so long. A good self-image is worth fighting for, it doesn’t matter what you do.
That said, it happens to be time for lunch.
See, I eat.