I put a copy of the poem "Growth" on my fridge (see previous post) and as I've read it daily, I've reflected on the phrase, "time is wasted by being fat, my aliveness is wasted and I don't want that." As I pondered on the poem, I realized that particular phrase can be misleading. Thinness is not the goal for me. Rather, I am seeking good health and fitness. Sure, if I end up thin in the long run that would be fantastic and I certainly would not turn my nose up to it! BUT, it is not necessarily fat that causes a person to be less alive or to waste time. For me, eating the wrong foods, or too much food, does that. Eating processed foods turn me into a slug, as does overeating.
So, I have the poem on my fridge to remind me that I can leave food. I don't need to eat it all. It's wasted if I eat it (beyond full) because I feel lousy and sluggish afterwards.
It's about health, not svelte.