Handcuffs and 50 Shades Of Red


Question: What is embarrassing, annoying and eye opening at the same time?

Answer: A uniformed police officer standing at your door with handcuffs.

If you've read or heard of the new pop novel 50 Shades of Grey, you may be thinking I am right on board. The knock on my back door and as I peeked out the little viewing window and saw a police officer in full uniform standing on my stoop with his pad, I was nervous. He asked, “Are you Rosie Battista?”, to which I affirmed.

It wasn’t quite an invitation, it was more of a command as he offered me my options. He said, “pay the fine right now today or I’ll have to take you in by handcuffs”. How many colors of red are there in the humiliation rainbow? When your mom and daughter are sitting at the table peering at you, during this kind of episode, it’s not fun, it’s embarrassing.

Where am I going with this and what does it have to do with food and your body? In the naked sense it was a reality check, getting down to the naked truth and really examining what I was doing in my life. The officer came to my door because of a cracked windshield and a ticket/summons that I received because of that cracked windshield, which I ignored. (You could say I conveniently “forgot to pay”).

To back up a bit, the crack began with a little tiny hole that if I had taken care of immediately would not have spread to the big crack that got me the ticket in the first place. And if I had been fully engaged, I would have come home and immediately taken care of the summons by sending in a check. That ticket sat and is still sitting in the bottom of my bag crushed under some other not so needed stuff floating around in that 10 pound purse I tote around.

Denying and ignoring something does not make it go away. If you are in denial about what you are eating and ignoring the signs and symptoms your body is telling you when you are not feeling energetic, healthy and sexy, there will be a knock on your door of life (or on your head). Perhaps you won’t get off as easy as I did with an $89 summons. Perhaps it will be a disease or fat that will show up knocking instead.

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