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Saturday, April 26, 2014



Hey you! You there! You with the pretty little babies! You with the wonderful career! You with the eating issues!

You! I'm talking to you! I've put on my Travis Bickle outfit and state of mind. Today I want to tell you something---it all speeds by! That pretty baby in your arms will soon enough be a 60 year old! That wonderful career will end up with a retirement card! If you are public spirited somebody like Donald Trump will call you a "news-hog" as he just complained about President Obama!

You've got to be very careful! All of you! Make sure that you eat carefully. Make sure that you exercise. Avoid the salt. We may not know whether or not salt is dangerous but while the jury is out, wean yourself off of it. The same with sugar. And the same with chemical sugar substitutes. Pasta? Don't eat it by the tub! White carbs? Exercise caution. Maybe you can play well with others, but I know that a simple saltine will not play well with me.

I'm old but perhaps not as old as you think. And I have congestive heart failure. Before that I had diabetes and hypertension. Before that I had simple good old-fashioned obesity because Ben and Jerry were my BFF's and my therapists and my drug of choice.

Which brings us to today. I had a couple of busy days. Busy for me. Days that might have seemed like a tiny walk in the park day for a busy woman like Elizabeth Warren or Meryl Streep (both of whom are older than I am).

So today I woke up with my congestive heart failure in full blast. It's not pleasant and it's not painless.

So--I'm talking to you! You don't want to be me. Exercise. Make sure that your drug of choice is movement. Don't let the Drama Seekers drag you in to be a minor character in their Great Tragedies. Don't do a lot of extra work because you like it when the boss says that you are a great team player but they never have any pay increases on offer. Your body here and now is all you have that you can control. Treat it well!

When I die, as die I must, I am leaving you the secret that I don't dare tell my family: It's suicide by food that's done me in.....You don't want to do what I've done!

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  • PKCTTS
    Natalie, that should hit some folk over the head that need it! Great blog. But, I'm very sorry that you find yourself in the situation you are in. I also hope you have forgiven yourself for your past actions and are not wasting your energy being mad at yourself. Because you are right, it goes by so fast.

    emoticon I hope that your today is better.
    2609 days ago
  • CARRIEANEW
    You are so strong to take what has happened and use it for good. This advice hit me smack between the eyes. You are SO right and I did hear you. Thanks for reaching out it a way that really made me sit up and pay attention. Sending you strength and peace.
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    2609 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I'm sorry for what you are going through. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write this blog.
    2609 days ago
  • NANA2TWINS
    emoticon Natalie, thank you for sharing.

    I hope you are feeling better soon.
    2609 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/27/2014 1:42:27 AM
  • MONETRUBY
    Thank you for taking the time to use your experience as a cautionary tale. I am so sorry that you are going through such pain, but I admire you for wanting to help others by using your own experience as an example.
    2609 days ago
  • TREV1964
    Very powerful and very well put.

    A great and enlightening read

    Cheers

    Trev
    2609 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
    Good advice, for sure.

    Even when you are not feeling well, you take time to try to help others by writing provocative blogs such as this one.

    You are emoticon
    2610 days ago
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