Thursday, October 01, 2009
An article in Wikipedia says Tokyo Rose (alternate spelling Tokio Rose) was a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda. Their intent was to disrupt the morale of Allied forces listening to the broadcast near the Japanese mainland.
I have a Tokyo Rose in my life too. She tells me that I'm going to be overweight, out of shape & sickly forever. If I loose a pound she says "1 pound, big deal, you can gain that back at lunch. You're wasting your time. One slip & you're right back where you started." Sometimes I see her on the TV with her size 2 body telling me I'll never be thin. Sometimes she's in a magazine wearing a dress that wouldn't fit on one of my thighs. Sometimes she's the lovely young woman that blows past me while I'm huffing & puffing on my morning walk. That Tokyo Rose is clever, she's always around to whisper words of defeat to me.
But I have a secret weapon that Tokyo Rose doesn't know about. I know Tokyo Rose is a liar. I know that 1 pound is a big deal. I know that the time I took loosing that 1 pound went by at the same pace as the time I used to spend gaining pounds. I know that I don't need to be a size 2 to be thin & healthy. I am focused on improving my health not on shrinking my dress size. I will let my body tell me when it's healthy, not my dress size. I know that I don't have to wait until I'm smaller to wear beautiful clothes. I can wear them now. I know that every day I huff & puff a little bit less when I walk, and I walk a little bit faster than I did when I started. One day I will be the lovely woman blowing past people on the track. I know that I do not have to wait to loose weight to start living my life. I am living it now. I am living it to the fullest. I am taking care of me. So go ahead & tell your lies Tokyo Rose, you are not going to disrupt my morale.