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A better way of losing weight?

January 19, 2014

Often I read or hear that losing weight is the number one New Year’s Resolution and, no doubt, it occupied that high rank again on January 1, 2014.


Twenty-five years ago, it dawned on me that my shirt collars did not button, trousers were much too tight around the waist and coats had not been buttoned in a long time. The only thing that fit were my shoes and socks.


There are men who will tell you they are 36 inches around the waist, but who lap-over six to ten inches in the entire circumference. Their girth and perimeter compass more than is easily admitted.


The same applies to women and to people of all ages. What could I do? I needed to do something that would make a big difference. Exercise the excess weight off? Walk or run miles each day, lift weights, use a push mower in cutting the grass or some other magical way of losing excess pounds? The harder I worked, the more I ate and, consequently, lost not one pound of the 25 I needed to lose.


What could I do? Was there any diet that would work? It was then that I thought of Charlie. He often spoke up so all in the immediate area could hear him. Would his simple four-word solution do me any good?


Who was Charlie? What were his qualifications for being an expert on diet? Had he written any books or columns on this subject? Charlie was a native of Lithuania, a part of the USSR in Northeastern Europe on the Baltic Sea. He escaped by hiding in a load of hay and made it to the United States where he worked in the coalmines of the south. Our paths crossed during my college days and his job as a custodian.


He liked to sing and took college classes in music. He enjoyed telling that he finally passed Professor Clausen’s class in voice after taking it for seven years. I heard him say numerous times, “Brudder, leave the table hungry.” A good plan for losing weight?


Charlie did not want anybody starving. As I analyzed my knowledge of this good man, he must have meant, “Leave the table when you still want another helping, another piece of pie or more ice cream.


I decided to follow Charlie’s plan and soon lost 25 pounds. That was 20 years ago. The old clothes fit perfectly. They are comfortable. I eat whatever I want. Never count calories. Never overeat.


St. Paul said, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). Take care of your body and it will take care of you.


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