I’m fat, but I’m thin inside… there’s a thin man inside every fat man.”
– George Orwell
My skinny second self (the thin person who lives inside my fat person) does not have much experience of life for the poor thing has been a shut-in for 40 years. It is not clear if my height-weight proportionate alter ego has made much attempt to free herself. I thought I saw a hint of her the other day–just a suspicion of cheekbone–but generally she sleeps swaddled in layers of fat. It seems fair to assume that the poor thing is not much of a one for planning, perhaps lacks focus, drive and energy, and may suffer from low self esteem.
Duke Diet and Fitness center know her type. They have strategies for dealing with the stunted development of our inner thin people. They teach us to bring them out and bring them on without bringing them down.
“Think of yourself as supporting an infant learning to walk” they suggest. “Create a safe environment by removing things that can do harm. Don’t make stationary life too easy. Encourage experimentation and effort. Applaud even unsuccessful attempts and offer a helping hand for every try. Don’t overreact to the fall downs, for the fall downs are part of learning to stand up”
I call this the Oopsadaisy Principle for weight and fitness management. There will be missteps, tumbles and boo-boos in store for my hidden willowy form. With patience, perserverance and love she will one day walk tall without me.