Today was his birthday. But his birthdays stopped when he turned 52. My dad was morbidly obese.
It’s hard living with obesity in your family. One particular memory is clear.
“Who wants to get an ice cream cone?”
“I do,” we all yelled from each room in our house.
All four of my siblings and I ran to the car.
Minutes later my brother and I waited by the window for our order. I heard some kids laughing. I looked over to see them looking at our car. Then one of the boys spread his arms wide, pointing to my dad. At that moment, I didn’t want him to be my dad.
I slithered over to the car once we got our cones. But I swallowed that shame with the ice cream. Food can help you swallow a lot of your feelings.
At one time or another, me and my family members all struggled with our weight. Everything revolved around food. Owning a Snack Shop made it even easier. We went there often.
“Mom, can I make a sundae?”
“Sure,” she’d say.
Like chains, we carried our excess weight around. I wish things had been different. But wishing doesn’t change things. Change comes by making different choices.
Recently, I was asked to read the book, “Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor,” by Teresa Shields Parker.
I related to Teresa’s story as she shared the importance food had in her life.Teresa talked about her addiction to sugar. People with addictions to drugs and alcohol can find treatment centers all over. There is no place to help those addicted to sugar, so Teresa addressed that issue.
This is a book you need to read if you struggle with your weight. To read my review of Sweet Grace click HERE.
On a personal level, when I tried losing weight I discovered if I stayed away from sugar it was much easier to make wise food choices. I realized sugar was not my friend no matter how sweet it was.
I used to tell people, “I can’t keep cheesecake in the house. If I have one piece it calls my name till it’s all gone.”
So when I read “Sweet Grace,” the book resonated with me.
But let me tell you, Teresa will challenge you. “If it were easy, we’d all do it. When are you going to do the hard stuff?”
John Pierpont Morgan said, “The first step to getting somewhere, is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.”
This applies to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.
My dad died 37 years ago. He missed out on a lot of living.
Change is hard. But so is the alternative.
Sweet Grace releases today on Amazon. To order the book click HERE.