Michele Michaels


Why I Don't Diet

So I'm a big woman--no surprise if you've checked out my Facebook page or seen me at station events.

Of course, that leads well-meaning people to call me or e-mail me with the latest diets and fitness plans. For many years, sales people at radio stations targeted me for endorsements from places like Jenny Craig or 24 Hour Fitness or whatever. And I always said yes--as long as the diet/exercise plan involved absolutely no sweating and allowed me unlimited Pizza Schmizza and M&Ms. Strangely, I never heard from them after that.

'Cause here's the thing: I don't wanna go all Oprah on you, but the fact is that if you're a compulsive overeater like me, you gotta fix what's going on in your head before any lifestyle change will ever work long term. Sure, you can change what you eat, how much you eat, and work out like a crazy person, even have surgery--but until you fix the problem in your head, you're eventually gonna revert to Gabriel Iglesias's Sixth Level of Fatness:

6 Stages Of Fatness.wmv2

So I opt not to diet.  At all. Ever again. I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, carbs, snack cakes, lean meat, crispy bagged snacks full of hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, and I walk a minimum of 2 miles a day with my dog, drink to excess once and a while, hike when I can, and dance 'til I drop with my girlfriends as often as possible.

And I accept the fact that I'm never going to make money modeling jeans. I accept the fact that people will hear me on the radio and then be disappointed that I don't look like Savannah (hell, aren't we all disappointed that we don't look like Savannah??)  And I accept the fact that my life will likely be shorter. But man, will it be fun.

06/08/2011 9:59AM
Why I Don't Diet
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06/08/2011 10:52AM
I'm saying the following because 1. I LOVE listening to you on air… I want you to stay around as long as possible!!! and 2. I watched my mom slowly kill herself with obesity and it KILLS me that not even I could convince her to be healthier. Kudos to you for having self confidence, but it makes me so sad to read this… I don’t even know what you look like, I’ve only seen head shots. But you’re enabling yourself to have an unhealthy life. Ever 50 pounds overweight you are is an extra 200 pounds on your joints… walking, dancing, eventually you WON’T be able to do that anymore :( And you’ll still be alive. You’ll just be on a ton of medication to allow yourself to function and you’ll struggle to walk across the room… If you set your mind to it, a successful diet (that’s including taking a few days off here and there to enjoy thanksgiving and christmas with the fam!) should only take around 6 months… 6 months Michelle, for a WAY better life. It’s NEVER okay to be overweight and harming your health. Please don’t get into that mindset…
06/09/2011 7:52AM
Michele Michaels
Hey Elizabeth-- Thank you for your comment and especially for you concern--it means so much to me that you care enough to comment. The truth is, you are absolutely correct. Being significantly overweight (as I am) is not healthy at all, and I am not condoning it nor suggesting it as a way of life for anyone else. However, when you say "Set your mind to it", you are actually concurring with my point--me and every other obese person has to fix whatever is going on mentally and emotionally before ANY diet/exercise plan will be permanantly effective. So far, I haven't been successful at that, and now in my mid-40s I refuse to keep punishing myself and accumulating self-hatred for failing at diets. So instead, I do what I can to stay active and eat a variety of things, all of which I love. I'm sure your mom, just like me, would have liked nothing better than to be thinner--but it is not always possible for everyone. So we learn to love ourselves as we are and do the best we can.
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