Martha SilverspringPost #698 – 19970101
January 1, 1997
You are an inspiration. I am 45, 5’7″, 275. Diet pills at 11, pediatricians threatening to wire my jaws together, every diet in the world since then. After the last one I gained 150 lb…
I had tried to diet for my beloved husband. I lost 80 with O.A. It was gruelling: I weighed and measured all my food, schlepped containers of healthy stuff everywhere, refrained from all sugar for 3 years. Finally I couldn’t hold my head under water anymore, I gained that 150, and now I am divorced.
I used to think, “if there was a pill I could take to make me a lesbian, I’d take it. At least dykes don’t care so much about weight.” Then I read ‘The Afterlife Diet’. Now I am looking for a Pinkwater-type man.
Oh, yes, and your voice on the radio is wonderful too.
P.S.- I am an R.N., and when some idiot tells me I’m overweight I say, “NO [censored]??!! No one HAS EVER SAID THAT to me before!!!” If that doesn’t stop them, I say, “You know, dear, there are worse things than being overweight. Like making personal remarks about other people’s bodies.” It’s great to be alive.
I am pretty clever on paper, when I can take time to prepare, but the following I actually came up with in real time:
DOCTOR: Mr. Pinkwater, I have to tell you, you are quite obese.
ME: Can you just _tell_ that? Fantastic! I guess they train you
to be observant. It must be great to be a doctor.