At first, John gave him a bunch of slides from his submarine/Navy days. That was fun.
Then -- Elliott started to email me some pictures from our Newlywed years.
I DID NOT KNOW THESE PICTURES EXISTED.
Wow...I only wish I had known then what I know now...
Because, in the summer of 1970, I did not know that I would never look better...
|Me -- the summer of 1970. John and I were dating -- this picture was taken in Virginia, overlooking the Potomac River. I remember those blue pants -- and that white top was my FAVORITE. I wore it two or three times a week.|
|In our first apartment in Arlington, Virginia. My birthday, 1971. John made me a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. I sewed that tablecloth.|
|In 1973, John and I standing in front of our first house. In Friedensburg, Pennsylvania.|
BUT I WAS SO VERY UNHAPPY WITH MY BODY...ALWAYS DIETING...making myself crazy, trying to lose weight.
The next 30 years was a roller coaster of yo yo dieting. I'd lose 20 pounds, then gain 30. It was a constant up and down for me...I was never happy, I could never accept my body.
Looking at these pictures, it hit me for the first time. I was perfect.
CRAP. WHY DIDN'T I KNOW THAT??
By buying into the whole unrealistic Madison Avenue depiction of the perfect woman -- I destroyed my metabolism and doubled my weight.
AND, OH MY GOD, THE TIME AND ENERGY I WASTED..!! If only I had accepted what my body looked like when I was 21 years old...wow...
Thanks a lot, Twiggy!!