I love the film Airplane. I saw it in the movies, I had the VHS tape and I've seen it on TV several times. I rarely give films the "watch over and over" treatment but this film only gets funnier with each viewing.
My favorite character was Steve McCroskey, the control tower supervisor, who was played by the late Lloyd Bridges. Steve McCroskey was having a bad week, and, as the emergency situation on the airplane progressed, his lines became more and more anguished:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking!", he growled.
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking!" he cried, a few minutes later.
A while later, looking disheveled, "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!"
(And yes, Michelle, this is a PG movie).
OK, I don't smoke or sniff glue. My drug of choice is food. I am a stress eater. I self-medicate with chocolate and peanut butter stuffed pretzels. If I am under stress, anything that is edible and not nailed down is in danger of ending up in my tummy. After one of those binges I berate myself and say "why the heck did I even do that? What was I thinking?" Ironic, for someone who blogs about local food and farmer's markets, and takes pictures while exercise walking.
My growth to the brink of obesity began about 15 years ago, when I was under a great deal of stress.
And, except for a brief few months when I participated in a program called Mission Meltaway, it seemed nothing would stop the upward march of the scale.
Until I found Weight Watchers in early November, that is. I decided that yes, it is expensive, but I knew people it worked for, and a possible looming diagnosis with diabetes (my Dad was diabetic so I have an idea what it entails) scared me into finally trying it. So far for me, it is working.
As of today, I've shed (I don't want to say "lost") just under nine pounds, and that was during the holiday season.
Now, I need their support more than ever, because I am entering a period of my life that may be stressful in a way I've never experienced before. So my personal goal will have to be "Can I conquer stress eating? Can I continue to shed the weight?" And then, when (I'm saying "when", not "if") my weight goal is reached, "Can I keep it off?"
Lots of challenges ahead in my life. Wish me luck!
Are you also a fan of the movie Airplane?