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    Done With Winter

    With this April heat wave, we are seriously into the summer being here. And what this will mean for millions of people is the ever- popular crash diet. Why that is the most often-used diet is beyond me. Well I take that back. I’m thinking that nobody really thinks about summer clothing until, like, the day before. We all know that I do, but that is another story altogether.

    I used to watch my mom do this pretty much every summer. It was as if she didn’t fully accept that the hot weather was coming back and that yes, she would be facing a bathing suit. It wasn’t that my mom was heavy, either. But you know how it is. If you feel fat, it doesn’t matter if 100 people tell you otherwise, in your own mind you still are, right? So the crash diet begins. I’m thinking that just by its name crash is somewhat synonymous with starvation. And that says to me pretty much failure in terms of weight loss. The bottom line about losing weight is eating well, and only until no longer hungry.

    I know this sounds overly simple, and I realize that there are people who struggle with their weight always, but I guess I have been lucky in that I have a fast metabolism. Because its not like I can do any kind of cardiovascular working out from my wheelchair. I do what I can myself every day, and beyond that I have a lower body cycle machine that moves my legs for me. I need a certain amount of help getting on this machine and having it turned on, but beyond that it works for me.

    I try to do at least a half-mile forward and backwards every couple of days, particularly when I don’t go to physical therapy. Speaking of which, I’m delighted to tell you that last week at physical therapy I walked 110 feet with my walker. This along with a physical therapist on either side of me in case my knees buckle, but overall I was even surprising myself. Now I’m getting off on a tangent and have to get back to crash diets.

    Having watched my Mom do this my whole life, all I can tell you is that a crash diet is a perfect way to gain five pounds. Because the body is starved all day and then when it is fed it tends to hold onto everything. So my advice is this: get a head start on eating well and train your body to get used to exercising and this will definitely have great results if you are patient. As it doesn’t have the immediate results (and might I add NOT long lasting results) of the "crash" system.

    As of this week past I’ve changed my wardrobe from winter to spring. So no matter what happens, I’m wearing shorts from now on. It’s kind of like thumbing my nose at winter and saying, "I’m not playing around anymore." Because I really am done with winter!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"