Carrie Fisher has been in the news recently because of her weight-loss success story, dropping 50lbs since last December. I remember when I first saw her appearing as the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, and I thought, “Good for her! I hope that works.” Well, apparently it did, because she is now just one size larger than her daughter, as she reports in an interview. And in another interview she jokingly mentioned a desire to fit back into her old metal bikini, circa Return of the Jedi.
And I say, good for her! I don’t really know much about Ms. Fisher beyond what I’ve read on her blog and in her excellent book Wishful Drinking. But I know she’s had a fair share of personal demons to overcome, and she has done so with wit and grace. I won’t lie; as someone in the process of overcoming my own demons, she is somewhat of a new inspiration. And as anyone working at weight-loss and fitness will tell you, you can never have enough inspiration.
The one of Ms. Fisher’s quotes that really struck a chord was, “I thought that was getting old. It turns out it was mostly getting fat.” There is a tendency, especially for men, to accept a certain “thickening” of the body as we get older. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ascribe the 100lbs or so that I’m over-weight to aging. But as I got older, I started to feel easier with the idea of being a “comfortable size”. Or fat, as the doctors call it.
Even after deciding to do something about my fitness level I still have moments of, “Well, is it so bad if I carry a few extra pounds? Maybe I could just lose 60-80lbs, that would be okay, right?” But reading and listening to her recent interviews has helped me cut away some more of the excuses and little white lies I tell myself. No, I don’t need to lose 60-80lbs, because I am 100lbs over-weight. So that is what I need to lose. And if age does mean getting a bit thicker, well…$@#% aging. Maybe it’s time to exceed my body’s programming a little.
So thank-you, Princess Leia, for giving me some much-needed inspiration. I still stumble a lot, but its helpful to follow other people on the path.
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There seems to be a moderately vocal minority who take exception to the idea of Carrie Fisher wanting to fit back in her “Slave Leia” bikini. Most of it seems to be a mix of lazy feminism and ignorant ageism. Let me say this: Carrie Fisher is the only woman on the planet with the right to wear that costume. Anyone else who has dared to do so since has done so as a privilege, and, at least through my eyes, has been mercilessly compared to the original. Now, I am almost certain she was joking for effect when she made the comments, but if she wasn’t then so what? If Harrison Ford decided to get in shape and wear his old Han Solo costume around the house, would anyone be having even half a fit? She is Princess Leia mother-#@%&ing Organa of the Rebellion, and she can wear what she Force well pleases. That is all.
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