Calorie-Free Treat, Anyone?

The waist bands and thighs in my pants shrank this year. Even more than the previous year. Sheesh. With all the modern advances, you’d think garment manufacturers could engineer pre-shrunk fabrics.  Don’t ask me about the extra ten pounds on the doctor’s scale. Obviously, the instrumentation had not been balanced at zero. I could not have ACTUALLY gained that much weight, you see. I eat rabbit food and go to the gym three times a week. No chocolate. No donuts. No fried anything. If you tell me to accept that I’ve gained weight, I could respond with unreasonable force. Cranky? Maybe. Like all fragile-tempered women of a certain age, I require special care. Regular treats stabilize my mood. I have lowered the calories of my comforts each year, according to the decline in my metabolism. Now, the fat leaps onto my mid-section if I lick a stamp. So, I’m looking for calorie-free treats.
Fortunately, life’s best gifts have no calories. I never need to skimp on faith, love, or laughter. Prayer fills me each morning and unburdens my heart at night. Love energizes my soul and carries me through each day. Laughter can actually burn calories. Since I’m planning ahead for the negative-calorie level, laughter seems an important treat to stock in my pantry.
Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul offers seventy-five inspiring selections to make health-pursuers smile. With a light-hearted look at weight loss, these talented humorists add spiritual insights to encourage us on the road to improved well being. After all, “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).
The book includes ten sections, according to significant challenges dieters face.  Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul begins with “The Fat’s out of the Bag,” which contains the largest number of pieces for some reason. Other sections cover “Dieting is No Cakewalk:  Temptation” as well as “Mind over Platter” and others. The final section regarding exercise continues its levity with “Working off the Tootsie Rolls.”  Selection titles also keep readers grinning, with headlines like, “The Man from LaMunchies” and my personal tagline, “Chocolate Makes my Jeans Shrink.”
Since so many of us struggle to manage a healthy lifestyle, a bit of comic relief on the issue is more than welcome. Let’s keep up the good effort to care for our shells, but we must not take them more seriously than our hearts or our souls. Restore balance with two of life’s best treats in one book–faith and laughter. Share the joy with a friend and find the blessing of a hug, too.
Check out Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul on Amazon. Share your favorite excerpt or a personal dieting comment with us here. I look forward to hearing from you!
Be Encouraged,

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