A reader asks:
I am what I guess you would call “jolly” and have over 150 pounds to lose until I reach what the medical community considers healthy, namely the figure of a Greek statue.
Just out of curiosity…how did you do it? Did you count the calories, do extra walking/exercise?
The sacrament of anointing was what freed me from the slavery to appetite. Beyond that it’s basically been “eat less, walk more”. Dreary, but if you make it a chance to say the Rosary or think, or you give yourself a goal (library, bank, post office, adoration are popular with yours truly) then that makes it more enjoyable. Eating less and eating fewer carbs has also been helped by the spur of diabetes. I hope to lose another 60 pounds and perhaps have the diabetes go away, as it sometimes does.
Best wishes on your own struggle. Get anointed. It can really help if slavery to appetite is part of the issue. And given that obesity, diabetes and attending symptoms are *deadly* if neglected, I think its obviously a candidate for the sacrament. It certainly has helped me and I’m grateful to my priest for having suggested it.