Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 141
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 141

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
Page 141
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I 'm £ « A »dverti««in«nt didnt want to lose him so I lost 59 pounds. By Shirley Gallagher-as told to Ruth L. McCarthy I really had something to be sober about at 160 pounds. I had tremendous arms and a great big sit down. E ver go to a company picnic and find that you've got competition? Well, I did. I looked at those petite girls my husband works with and I suddenly saw myself as I was: the fat wife. That's when I turned into 160 pounds of fear and jealousy. It wasn't as if I hadn't known what all my eating was doing to me over the years. But I had always loved to cook and bake and Larry could put it away without gaining. Some husbands are like that. Me? I just blossomed out -- on submarine sandwiches, pizzas, pies, cakes, and homemade cookies. Why, that fellow on television who said, "I ate the whole thing!" had nothing on me. Sometimes Larry and I would even get up in the middle of the night and I'd make pancakes or we'd hop into the car and go out for ice cream. I wasn't pregnant, either. Next day, though, I'd hate myself. I wouldn't even stand in front of a mirror. Just like I wouldn't go to church without a sweater or coat on to hide my heavy arms. Larry never said anything about my gaining. He didn't want fc hurt me. But I got the message another way. When he saw me in the cow- size clothes I had to buy, he just stopped giving me compliments. That crushed me. But it really took those slender, attractive women at the picnic to convince me a wife can't sit back and get fat. Not if she wants to hold her own. I had tried to reduce, of course, a number of times with liquid meals, grapefruit diets, re- can see there's a lot of fun in losing 59 pounds. ducing pills, skimmed milk. But they didn't work for me, especially the liquids. I needed something to chew on. Thank goodness I'd read those stories of people who had taken those reducing-plan candies, Ayds*. I finally decided to try them, so I went to the drugstore and bought the plain chocolate fudge kind. I carefully read the direction folder in the box and learned that Ayds contain vitamins and minerals, but no drugs. That made me feel even better about starting the Ayds plan. At breakfast, I took a couple of Ayds with tea--you can have any hot drink--about 15 minutes before eating. Cereal or an egg and- toast for me. At lunch, I'd take my Ayds and tea again and have soup, sometimes a sandwich or a lettuce and tomato salad. Then at dinner, Ayds and tea again and a small portion of whatever the rest of the family was having. Meat loaf, corn, even some mashed potatoes. I'll tell you, those Ayds really helped curb my appetite. They taste so good, too, that I used to eat a couple in the afternoon and in the evening, watching television. They contain only 26 calories apiece, which was much better than eating a slice of my own homemade "Wacky" cake. This is covered in chocolate and layered with cherry pie filling. Yet as delicious as it is, I could give it up for Ayds. The plan worked beautifully for me. I began to lose pound after pound. Each time I went down, I'd run out of the bathroom and say: "Come look. I've lost again!" Well, by the time I'd come down to 101 pounds, everybody in my hometown, York, Pennsylvania, was looking. That's when the truth really conies out. Like this friend of mine. I used to complain to her about being fat. But she'd say: "Oh, you're not heavy." Comforting words. But now that I'm slim, she introduces me this way: "Would you believe that Shirley was once pudgy?" Larry, of course, is just as proud as he can be. Picks me up these days like I'm one of the kids. I'd never let him attempt it when I was fat. But that's all changed now, just like the company picnic was entirely different this year. Thanks m my to tne Ayds plan, I heard someone say: "Wow! husband's Here comes Larry and his 'new' wife." arms, you BEFORE AND AFTER MEASUREMENTS Before After Height Weight Bust Waist Hips Dress . . .5'2%" 160 Ibs. 38" 30" 38" 18-20 5'2%" 101 Ibs. 33" 22" 32'/2" . .7

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