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Earlier this year, I decided to make the best of life and change certain things that weren’t working to my uttermost benefit. Top on the list of my New Year resolution was the desire to shed the excess fat on my body. To get ready for that, I went to the shopping mall to buy healthy foodstuff. Interestingly, I bought cheese, white bread (of assorted kinds), mayonnaise, and many other packaged products. More so, I bought several kilos of chicken, some red-red beef, and other kinds of goodness. You see, it was the New Year after all, meaning that I needed to eat the it into reality; right? Moreover, my people have a saying that the best way to overcome one’s demon is to confront it. But more than that, I told myself that the most important thing towards actualizing my resolution was that I had the motive- to loose the weight of course. It didn’t matter the kind of effort I was making towards that direction; all that mattered was that I knew what I wanted.

Most of the time, it is the same food we use our own money to buy that makes us fat. Photo credited to Google
Most of the time, it is the same food we use our own money to buy that makes us fat.
Photo credited to Google

Some people close to me did perceive this weight-loss method of mine as weird if not outright delusion. I was quick [however] to remind them not to judge me. So I ate my chicken with my rice and stew. I ate my sweet bread every morning for breakfast, ate my cake and ice cream and I generally had a nice few months of year with food. But the truth’s that no matter how I continued to keep my new year resolution in mind, it never materialized. Indeed, it was on my mind, but it certainly wasn’t on my body. In just a few months into the year, I was almost twice the body mass index I was before I made my pretty useless New Year vow. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize it, and those around me were minding their businesses enough to tell me. After all, I earlier gave them a good lesson about “not judging…” Consequently, I lived in my little world with my wishes and my fatness. And by the time I realized what was happening to me, it had already taken its toll…

Seriously people, don't flaunt your fat; loose. This message couldn't be anymore blunt and sincere. Photo sourced from Google
Seriously people, don’t flaunt your fat; loose. This message couldn’t be anymore blunt and sincere.
Photo sourced from Google

Now this story, fictitious as it could ever get, tries to drive home several points. For one, our health status is certainly dependent on how lean and lanky we are, or how big and fat as the case may be. There is no doubt about it, medical knowledge (which is the best authority in this regard) has proven beyond doubt that keeping one’s body mass index within a reasonable limit is one of the ways to ensure fine living. Yet for whatever reason, many people intentional give themselves food that predispose their bodies to sicknesses that might eventually kill them. Let me ask- how many people would put a bad engine oil or an adulterated petrol into their newly purchased cars? I suppose nobody has time for that. But why eat just anything all in the name of ‘saving costs’, ‘eating what you want ’cause you can afford it’ or just because you don’t care? Why do people not take care of their bodies?

There are indeed many benefits of  having a fit body. Staying healthy is one of them. But more than that, being sexy, looking sleek and appealing is one other reason. Trust me, in as much as some men supposedly like big and busty women for whatever reason, they would rather just prefer the busty packaging without the extra fats on the stomach. And if you ask women who look like what I just described such as Nicki Minaj does, they will tell you that staying figure eight is a hard work.  In the same vein, looking slim and sexy is appealing to everyone. When you have the right body size, you would wear clothes that fit you and be comfortable in your body. Why then would anyone deny him or herself the thrill of having a healthy body just because you like that bread soaked with butter?

No doubt, Ms. Minaj is bootiful. But that's just one aspect of pretty... #Google
No doubt, Ms. Minaj is bootiful. But that’s just one aspect of pretty…

It is high-time we realized that our bodies are our priciest possessions. For those of us who are FAT, we must endeavour to shed the excess fat. It is hard thing to do, just like everything else nice that never comes easily. Yet we must strive for it and achieve it. Do not come up with excuses as to why you would rather remain with your body fat than let go of it. And most importantly, do not justify your laziness and procrastination. Get your art together, get some greens, vegetables. lean protein and fruits and then work that body. Work it out and get that priced, healthy body of which you will certainly feel good…

Emmanuel Benson loves to write. He can write on just about any topic asides aspiring to become a screenwriter/novelist. Do leave your comments, thoughts and observations. And kindly follow this blog. Many thanks.


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