They started appearing last week; the ads for weight loss. The Weight Watchers New 360 appeared first. Two brochures on the first day, a letter the third, and four emails yesterday. I have also heard from Medifast, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, the local weight loss program at my regional hospital, a weight loss flyer from my church, and a couple from a woman in my neighborhood who is offering a holistic approach to weigh – or so she says. I have also received flyers with special rates for gyms – Gold’s, Fitness Extreme, Lady America Spa, Cross Fit, and Lifetime. All of them state that they are new, improved, will cater to my lifestyle and tastes, be affordable, and effect true change. As a result, I will be happier, wealthier, more energetic, and just, well better than I was last year. I will also be spiritually pure and considered a clean eater.
Last week , the media came calling. I have gotten invitations to interview at media outlets around the globe. It happens each January. Everyone wants to know what it is like for me – the Folklorist of the Fat – to face the same thing each January, i.e. another diet, another exercise program, another diet pill study, Sensa, behavior modification, or whatever is the current new weapon in the battle of obesity. Most interviewers want to know if I attained goal weigh in 2012. No. If I am satisfied with my body. No again. Do I have any advice for the fat and forlorn. Not really. Do I have any New Year’s resolutions? Well, yes.