This is one of the few photos from my family album that had an electronic date stamp on it: January 17th, 1999.
I was at a theme park with my mother and father. I can’t remember the park based on this photo, but my guess is Universal Studios.
I cropped it out, but my father stood across from me in this picture. It was very hard for me to see this, as my waist was easily twice the width of my father’s. Granted, my dad was a thin man by nature – he wore a men’s size 28 pant – but to see us standing next to one another, the size difference was a painfully stark contrast.
I know my shirt was an XL and barely fit. My pants were at least an 18, but probably a 20. Man, I could EAT!
I still enjoy a frozen margarita (not a virgin one, as pictured!) now and then, but I definitely recognize and respect moderation. Life is about enjoyment, not stressing every calorie. I’ve learned that eating healthy 80% of the time makes the cheats I have now and then that much more fulfilling and I can savor the food/drink/candy without guilt. Life is about LIVING!
Bon appetit, my friends!