I just finished completing the multi-page questionnaire the weight center requires you to bring to your first appointment. It was thought provoking. I forced myself to be as honest as possible. I’m pretty good at self-honesty. How else could you explain the SFG clothing line I dream of (Short, Fat Girl)? It used to upset my husband when I would say that, but I explained to him that it doesn’t help to use euphemisms – chubby, heavy, slightly overweight, plus-sized – the reality is the same: fat. The rest is political correctness, which has been taken to extremes in this country.
The reality of my excess fat is that, as my activity level declined due to a sit-down job and fibromyalgia, my weight increased. The basic weight loss theory is correct: if you put in more fuel (food) than you use (activity), you gain weight. The only weight loss strategy that works long term: eat less, move more. No mystery, no secret.
Now that the form is done, I suspect that I’ll be thinking more about what I’m eating, even though my first appointment isn’t until Sept 14. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I was reading the “Quotable Quotes” section of the latest Reader’s Digest earlier and there was a quote from comedienne Joan Rivers that reminded me of one conversation at the cookout yesterday that was actually interesting. The quote was, “People say that money isn’t the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” Hmmm ……..
The conversation yesterday had turned to what you would do if you ever won a really big lottery. Of course, that was stimulated by the fact that the Powerball drawing that night was worth around $300 million. It was interesting to see where the family agreed and where they differed.
The teenagers went straight to material things. Especially the 14 year old boy – lots of land with a speedway on it so he could race his own race cars. He figured that would be enough to do; he wouldn’t want to work or anything else. His 15 year old sister did consider paying for college and then being on easy street.
The adults were unanimous in one thing: a win like that would benefit the whole family, not just the winner. Bills would be paid off, everyone would get a big chunk of change to do with as they pleased. That’s reassuring – I don’t have to actually win myself. Wait a minute!! We’re the only ones who buy tickets occasionally, when it gets that high. The rest of the family doesn’t. I guess I will have to be the one who actually wins.
You’d be surprised how many times my husband and I have fantasized about what we would do if we won hundreds of millions of dollars. We really aren’t very materialistic people, so our fantasies might surprise some of you. We would, of course, pay off any debts we have and pay off the kids college loans. We’d make sure our families were comfortable and happy. My stepdad wouldn’t have to haul wood up the stairs anymore!
10 years ago we thought we would build a grand house and put lots of thought into the details. Over the years, that has changed. The right location would be more important than a huge house. Let’s be real – what would I do with a huge house anyway? I don’t want company much!
So what would we do?
*Establish trust funds for the kids that don’t give them enough to just sit on their butts all day. Work is important – whether for pay or not.
*Give to our church – the buildings are historical but in need of increasing care. If they want to change the name of the parish hall from Slater Hall (as in Samuel Slater) to name it for us – nah, just kidding.
*Take care of our Lakota friends. Give them a leg up out of poverty. Not a lump sum of cash. But a house where they really want to live. Cover the expenses for a year – electric, food, clothing, gas. Education. Furniture. A vehicle to get to work. Help finding work they want. A trust fund for the kids – same guidelines as for our kids.
*Travel. First class instead of coach. That luxury we would allow ourselves because travel is our only vice. We don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. We don’t buy big toys or the latest gadgets. We’ll be eating less. Gotta have something. I don’t think we’d be wasting the money on fancy hotels, though. We like less populated areas than they’re usually found in.
*Establish a charitable fund to give away much of the money away. Not to big groups, but to small, worthy projects. The kind that actually touch people’s lives.
*Leave $100 tips at the diner when we’re on the road.
*Buy up all the property on the small street we live on by making offers that can’t be refused. We’re talking 5 or 6 room ranch houses on quarter acre lots. It would probably be pretty easy. Then tear down all the houses except the one we live in now. It’s just the right size for my son, who as an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, doesn’t need a lot of responsibility for a home. (We’d make sure he had a housekeeper and someone to take care of the house and yard. Then we’d build ourselves a house – a little bigger than we have – with the modern conveniences, like a dish washer. Since we’re on a dead end street, we’ll put a gate in at the end of the street.
*Hire a housekeeper and maintainance person for our own home. I can’t keep up with what I have because of the fibromyalgia and my husband isn’t getting younger, though he thinks he is.
*Build a skating rink for my husband near our home. He loves to skate and used to play hockey for fun, but ice time at 1 AM just didn’t work when he hit 40-something.
*Build a skating rink on the Pine Ridge Reservation and run a shuttle bus all over the rez to allow the kids to get there. Introduce new sports – something besides basketball. Make sure the building can run in the summer as well as winter – they need a cool place to go on some of those HOT South Dakota summer days.
*Build libraries in all of the small communities on the rez, too. The only public library there is right now is at the college. It’s a long way to travel to get there for most, especially when you can’t afford the gas or don’t even have a car.
Pulling myself back to reality . . . I have to remember to ask my husband to pick up a few tickets for the Mega Millions drawing tomorrow – somewhere over $200 million. Then we can start to dream all over again.
Right now I’m going to finish up and head to the TV. Fat March is on tonight and I need all the incentive I can get. I’ll give you an update on Fat March tomorrow.