Literal and Metaphorical Weight Loss and Gain

Essay by Luke Foster

“When I was younger, I could eat whatever I wanted, as long as I exercised; or if I didn’t exercise and just watched what I ate, I’d maintain. Well, now I have to do both … I try to tell young people to get in shape now, because it’s easier. If you’re 30 and want to drop 10 pounds, all you have to do is just walk. Michelle Obama

My whole adult life since the age of thirty I have battled with my weight and its never stable as its always going up or down. The most I have weighed is 103 kilos just before I went to South Korea the second time and the lightest is 69 kilos when I was visiting India.

Also, metaphorically the weight of my psyche is never stable, and I am either Zen, up or down. And it never stays at one level for long.

I like this Zen quote:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and right doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

When I am down, I usually listen to gentle music until it passes or take a long walk on the beach listening to mellow music like crowded house, Norah Jones or Katy Perry.

“The Struggle You Are In Today Is Developing The Strength You Need for Tomorrow”

“When you start working out or eating healthy, it will be difficult to adhere to it. Even doing 10 reps of jumping jacks may seem like a struggle. But as you keep doing it you will be ready for more complex challengesYou will build mental and physical strength for the upcoming obstacles. Obstacles that you can overcome if you sweat and struggle today.”

I think maintaining a healthy physical weight is as challenging as maintain a stable mood.

I remember my favourite lecturer at art school Joan Grounds said that its not good to have a big ego with your artistic ability but its healthy to have a level of self-confidence with your artistic ability.

I am 84 kilos now, but I was a bit silly yesterday as I ate a whole block of camembert cheese left over from my art opening on Friday night, so I am up a kilo.

Michelle Obama