in La La Land
YES, IM ADDICTED TO FOOD!
"Forgive me, Sire, but I thought it best to have our repast served
now--before Baron Murcia arrives and snarfs it all down!"
ANN JILLIAN'S HUSBAND ADDICTED!
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD!
"ANN MADE ME GO PUBLIC!" MURCIA SOBS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE
By ANDY MURCIA
No, this is not a headline in the supermarket tabloids, mainly because its ALL true! This poem should tip you into where this column is going.
A POEM: FOOD/DIET
When younger and lean as a cat
I would never have thought Id be fat
But my friend was my fork
Full of french fries and pork
And the pillow now shows where I sat
In the future I see myself thin
And with tuna and lettuce Ill win!
No more ice cream and candy
Ill feel and look dandy
With the only wide thing---my big grin!
By Sylvia Riveness.
"Here's the bedtime snack
you ordered, Mr. Murcia.
I could never have written that amusing poem. If I wrote anything about food it would have to be entitled, Too Much Is Not Enough. You see, ever since I was a kid, when I find something good to eat, I want to eat it all. I wont stop eating until theres none left. My dear mother, Rose, often told me I was a glutton. She was right. I was the kid who ate all the food before the company arrived. Mom had to chase me out of her kitchen with a broom on many occasions.
Ive been in love with food all my life. I love to shop for it, cook it, serve it, and EAT IT! Now at age 62, I feel there is nothing better than breaking bread with family and friends of good cheer.
But its 2003 now and once again, like so many of you, I have to lose weight. How can I do it? One thing I know, I wont use that Slim Down product that Joan Van Ark endorsed on her TV infomercial. That stuff I suspect might work too darned well.
Let me explain. One look at Joan and you want to buy her a double double cheeseburgerand, yes, super-size it, baby! Shes too thin! Ive been in sweet Joans presence over the years on numerous occasions and to my knowledge she never had a weight problem to begin with. Every time I saw her she was slim and prettybut now she has gone past thin and she just might be the first one to prove once and for all that there IS such a thing as being too thin.
Im also not going to use any of the other junk they advertise for quick weight loss. We all know better. Im going to do it the right way, the old fashioned way, by eating less and exercising more. This is the safest way.
Lets face it, there is no magic potion that will let us lose weight as we sleep or sit on our cans. I think we must find something to do with our hands besides using them to put food in our mouths. Im going to try and write more since I dont eat while typing. I also will increase my walking by doing it both after breakfast and dinner. I will continue to ride my bike four or five times a week.
Andy with daughter Denise
in cold, cold Chicago last month.
I tell you all this so that it will be made a matter of public record herein. My photo here was taken on Dec. 28, 2002, while visiting my daughter, Denise, in Chicago. You can see how fat I am and how pretty she is. I promise to take another photo come June and December, and will reveal the results of my diet program at that time. You can either praise me for my weight loss or you can humiliate me with insulting comments if I go off my diet and stay fat. Fair enough?
The reason I am going public is that when I tried to get my wife, the actress Ann Jillian, to make public her New Years resolutions (so she couldnt slide back), she said, "You first. So, here goes: Ive gone public and have admitted to being both a glutton and a food addict!
I hereby command all fast food restaurants to chase me out if they see me walking into their greasy spoons. Use a baseball bat on me if I make a violent protest or pick through your garbage. If I start yelling that My civil rights are being violated; Im entitled to eat!you will have my permission to choke me with your thigh master. I hereby release all counter clerks or maitre'ds from any injuries I might suffer in my quest for your food. You even have my permission to verbally abuse me by saying things like, Hit the road, you fat old glutton! or leave your mitts off the Twinkies, Andy, before I call the Jenny O Turkey Cops! Eric Estradas white teeth would be enough to blind my view of your buffet table!
Just so you food handlers will recognize me if I sneak into your eatery, just look for the guy whose neck looks like a pack of hot dogs! Thatll be me. But not for long. Inside of a year I hope to be in top shape. I might even become a sex symbol or poster boy for AARP or the Grey Panthers! I hope to have every babes head turning my way, (as far as their arthritis will allow anyway).
I intend to toss out all my fat ass Docker slacks with their relaxed fit and buy those low rider jeans that the kids wear, just to display my flat tummy for all to see. Well, okay, strike that last part cause that isnt gonna happen to me or anyone else over 60 that I know. Ill settle for a 32-pound loss. I currently weigh 247 pounds, if I can get down to 215 Ill be fine.
How about you? Why not go public here and now by putting in your talkback note exactly how much you intend to lose in 2003. May I wish all my fellow food junkies the best of luck. Go for it!
© 2003 by Andy Murcia. The illustrations are from IMSI's Master Clips Collection, 1895 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael, CA, 94901-5506, USA. The poem is used by courtesy of the author, Sylvia Riveness.
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