When I sat upright and my flabby belly met my breasts, I sort of knew. When my cholesterol exam came back, reality set in. It wasn't just that I was getting fat, I was unhealthy.

Valentine’s Day.

For me, its not going to be a day filled with chocolates. Just another trip to the gym, and saying no to high cholesterol foods. I’m really trying to whip my own ass into shape.

How Did This Happen?

I’ve been thinking about just how did my cholesterol skyrocketed to 251?  I have an inkling.

When I got the part of Rosa, in “The Jackie Mason Musical“, both Sheba Mason and her mother Ginger Reiter, kept whining that I wasn’t fat enough for the part. “I’ll show them!”

This was my license to gorge. And gorge I did. No holds barred.

I was well on my way to a stroke. It was painful when I sat upright. There was a giant roll of flab spilling out over the top, of every pair of pants I could squeeze into.

On the scale, my weight was hovering at 132 pounds. It was painful, and ugly. Yes, UGLY. I don’t care who thinks that being BIG is beautiful. It just isn’t true. It’s an excuse, for not working out and not having any discipline.

Please don’t think I don’t get it, because I do. I weighed in at 190 pounds, as a teenager. I never had a date in high school, and I cried my eyes out often.

I’ve been halfheartedly fighting the battle of the bulge for over 30 years. I’m just going to have to give it my all this time around.

For the record, I was thrilled that my cholesterol was so high. Not because, I could be on the way to having heart disease, but because I had a very loud wake up call.

According to AARP:

  • 200,000 U.S. women die of heart disease each year
  • 1 in 7 U.S. women will die of heart disease
  • 1 in 30 U.S. women will die of breast cancer

That is a lot of women dying from heart disease. I will not be one of them.

Stay tuned…..

1 comment

  • You are well on your way! I know how hard it can be. I’m a body professional and it takes work even for those of us in the business of health. You got the call and you’re answering! BRAVA!!!!!

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