As far as I know, my grandfather came up with the term “Sweet Petunia” and it has stuck with my family forever. A sweet petunia is someone who finishes all the food on her plate first. All the grandkids were always looking to be named “sweet petunia” at every meal because if you weren’t, you were the rotten egg. I think the term is derived from Porky Pig’s girlfriend Petunia. Great…we were pigs. Maybe this is where my weight issues began. A time when cleaning your plate was required. I always felt rude if I didn’t finish all of my food. And times when I was sitting in front of a plate of food I didn’t like (like most forms of meat) I had to sit there until my plate was clean. Even if it meant sitting at the table all night.
I have struggled with weight issues most of my life. Every December 31st I make the resolution to lose weight. Sometimes I am creative with the terminology, like saying I resolve to make a lifestyle change or get more fit. But any way you cut it, it’s always about getting slimmer. This year I have decided to go a step further and document my weight loss journey. I’m hoping that updating this blog will keep me accountable. I want to get fit, I want to lose weight and I want to be healthy. I hope this time I’m ready. Welcome 2013 – the year I change my life!