Barbecue the BIG Girls First!

There’s no denying there seems to be a continual fascination regarding the end of the world. Doomsday Preppers have their own reality show, for gosh sakes. Even though the threat of mankind’s imminent demise has passed with the Mayan calendar worlds end a big bust, our culture remains a tad obsessed with end of the world scenarios. In the last week alone I’ve seen three movie trailers for post-apocalyptic movies to be released in 2013.

My family and I recently watched an end of the world movie called, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carrell. It was a movie that stayed with me for a few days. The movie was full of the predicted rioting, anarchy and debauchery common with world disasters and desperate people. The movie also had its share of people that acted as if nothing was amiss and went about their normal routines of going to work, doing yard work and house work. (I don’t think so!)

One of my favorite scenes in the movie was a party scene where Steve Carrell was introduced to a woman wearing a mink coat, high heels, jewels and a diamond tiara. The woman explained upon meeting Steve that she was, “wearing all the things I never got to wear.”

Around the dinner table, Steve Carrell and his dining companions shared what they most wanted to do before the world ended. The woman wearing the mink proclaimed she was going to eat everything she’d ever denied herself.  She added that not only would she enjoy every high calorie mouthful, but she wasn’t going to feel any guilt over the calories consumed.

Now that’s logic I can appreciate. Somehow with women, everything always comes back to the calories!

Over coffee with several women recently, it didn’t take long for our conversation to wend its way around to the topic of weight loss and calories. One of the women shared that her young daughter was intrigued over the concept of the recent movie hit, The Hunger Games. Their conversation somehow got around to the topic of cannibalism and the little girl was confused as to how people even went about eating human beings.

Say for example we wanted to eat, Dad,” asked the eight-year-old girl. “How would we go about eating a full-grown man?”

Cannibalism isn’t a topic usually discussed in my circle of friends but somehow this little girl’s question sparked a bit of dieting humor in my warped thinking. I proposed what I thought would be the single greatest reason for wanting to lose weight were we faced with an apocalyptic ending to our civilization. To me it just makes good sense not to be carrying a lot of extra weight should you be lucky enough to survive a giant asteroid. While it may be true that the heaviest survivors could conceivably exist longer on stored body fat; all that excess fat would likely make you a prime target for cannibals to feast upon.

There is no doubt we menopausal matrons sporting midriff muffin tops, big Badonkadonks and fatty toad sacks under our chins would be on the bottom of the food chain. Or would it be the top? Whatever! We’d be the first to be eaten as our stored fat would make us look like prized Butterballs primed for carving on a Thanksgiving Day platter.

With the start of a brand New Year, life as we know it isn’t about to come to a screeching halt (thank goodness), but I want to make this year a good year by bringing some order back to my body. I refuse to fall victim to that “New Year’s weight-loss-resolution” mentality. I’m adopting some simple lifestyle changes that will help me melt my muffin top, trim my chinny, chin-chin and de-bulge my Badonkadonk.

Simple changes include things like – move more, eat less; keep a food journal of what I’m eating and practice portion control. I plan to reconnect with my accountability partners to share my struggles and my victories AND, I’m reading my recently released daily devotional ebook, DIET NUGGETS AND WISDOM APPETIZERS (365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters).

Losing weight and getting healthy without a plan is like trying to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. I’ve got my plan; I’ve set my goals and I’m hoping I won’t ever have to worry about being eaten by a tribe of post-apocalyptic cannibals. Lord willing, we won’t ever be reduced to a “Eat or be eaten” society. Just in case however, it just makes good sense to lean towards the leaner side of life.  Nobody ever wants to find themselves on the business end of, “Let’s barbecue the big girls first!”

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)

January News from Kathleen Kurlin

I’ve written and published two inspirational fiction novels, “Her Father’s Eyes” and “The Name.” My upcoming book is a daily devotional called, “Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers (365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters)” which is now released to purchase.

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Like countless other women, I’ve tried every fad diet, program, plan and pill in the endless pursuit of losing weight and keeping it off.  I have been at my ideal weight and maintained that healthy weight for extended periods of time; even worked for a major weight loss company for several years during that maintenance time. Through all these programs and plans, I invariably regained the weight (and then some), which led to depression, binge eating, shame and guilt… etc., perpetuating a lifetime cycle of yo-yo dieting.

Two years ago I made a decision to stop the vicious cycle of losing, gaining, depression, failure, guilt and shame and made a plan to get off the hamster wheel of diet insanity. I joined a year-long support group through my church. What I learned in that year was that I am serious food addict who suffers from bulimia and exercise bulimia.

Because of my food addictions and exercise obsessions, I have made a career out of dieting, and I want – no I need regular, daily encouragement and spiritual enlightenment with this one, major area of my life.

I started thinking that someone should write a devotional that would provide readers with daily insights and encouragement that would speak specifically to weight loss needs and challenges. And then I thought that someone could be me since I’m a writer and I’ve got decades worth of experience at weight loss!

One of my favorite quotes is by the actor Stanley Tucci that says: “If you find that thing you love, it doesn’t matter if you do it well or not.  You just need to do it!”

I am doing that thing I love, maybe not as well as some writers, but that’s okay with me because writing isn’t a competition; it’s who God created me to be. What really matters to me is I’m using the gifts and talents God has placed in me and I write to please Him. If God is happy with me, then I am happy with me and life is good.

I hope you order your copy of “Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers (365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters)” and kick your New Year’s off with a little “dieting” humor as you strive to reach your weight goal.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Happy reading,
In Christ’s Love,
Kathleen Kurlin

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