The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 10, 1970 · Page 81
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 81

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, May 10, 1970
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A tfWPi iSMH Mr I nearly turned into a banana sour-cream cake, before I lost 83 pounds By Ellen Clausing Jeperlinger - as told to Ruth L. McCarthy gelieve it or hot, I began to cookat the age of seven/Not becausemymothermademe, but because I wantedLto^jAnd up»jn.Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where I was raised, that meant hot rolls, cream puffs, baked bread, everything that was delicious and fattening. It was a great be-_ ginning for one who was to marry a Milwaukee, Wisconsin grocer and develop a wide reputation for banana sour-cream cake. Unfortunately, it was a terrible start for someone who wanted to be slim. The fact is, between my mother's cooking and my own, I ate myself into a size 22^.. dress, which is a lot of body. 230 pounds in all! Of course, I_wasn't that heavy on my wedding day. Just good-and-solid. Changing my name from Clausing to Jepertinger also meant adding sorrffe hearty German dishes to my collection of \recipes. Sauerbraten, cheese cake, chicken fried irH>eer, tortes - no wonder I had little success trying^) diet. ,. The birth of my daughter didn't help my figure, either>And even after she was born, I continued to eat for two. This added 30 pounds in almost no time. When I look back now, I realize how wonderful my\husband was about the whole thing. Never a sarcastic word. All he used to say was: "There's morVof you to love." But in my heart, I wasn't fooledN I went to the doctor more than once about my weight. Then I'd wind up with diet pills, but somehow I could never stick to them. The last batch was red, but my appetite got the better of them and I continued to eat; Besides, they made me feel nervous, so I finally stopped taking them and went back to baking banana sour-cream cakes. At least, they brought me praise. Even got me sonic" hewspaper publicity. . You see, my cakes were very much in demand • at school PTA meetings, where I was an officer. And they made a great Easter pastry special for the store. Isn't it a shame that everything that tastes so good going down looks so.ugly showing up on the scale? - 4 guess what reaHy jolted me into reducing was a photograph, taken by a friend of mine at her son's confirmation. When my daughter saw it, she said: ."Mother, you've taken up the whole picture." That did it. At last, I saw my. self as others did. I'll always be thankful to her, because it made me do something/about*my weight, and faster than all the warnings I'd had about my health and high blood pressure. It was my husband who remefnbered that my mother had used the Ayds Plan to lose weight. And I can tell you, she had a figure any woman would be proud of. On the tofa is yours truly, all 230 pounds of me. Funny how I never saw myself as others did. Now that I'm down to 147 pounds, you can see why I feel like strutting in my new clothes. Well, I went to the drugstore and bought a box of the plain chocolate fudge Ayds. Though later on, I switched around and tried both the chewy vanilla caramel kind and the chocolate mint fudge. I took them like the directions say, one or two before meals with a hot drink. For me, it was Coffee, And you know, it had the same effect on x me that eating candy before a meal has on kids, I just didn't feel like eating as much when I sat down at .the table. It actually helped me to cut back, my appetite. Yet, this candy contains no harmful drugs, but it does have vitamins and minerals. - I might mention that in reducing, one other thing was working for me along with the Ayds Plan. My husband sold the grocery store and I took a job in an office. And having all those slim young girls around .made me really.want to reduce. So I not onljftook Ayds before meals, but also at my coffee breaks and while watching television in the evening. And I started to lose some weight. That doesn't mean I stopped baking. I'm quite active in Job's Daughters and Eastern Star and we have lots of luncheon meetings and affairs where we sell food to earn money. So I still make my banana sour-cream cake, but Ayds keeps-me so satisfied, I don't have that craving 'to eat everything I bake. Of course, the most satisfying part of the Ayds Plan is the compliments. When I'd lost most of my-weight, I went to a school meeting with my husband. Afterwards, Bob showed the principal his new model car. Then laughingly, but proudly, said: '^Now meet my new-model wife," Having lost nearly 83 pounds, I'd gone from a size 22 & dress to a 14 and, believe me, that's gome differencef" •-•>.•.--•••T just can't tell you how good it makes me feel to think about it. Especially since it's the- first time in my life, thanks to .the help of the Ayds Plan, that I weigh less than my'husband. Before and After Measurements Height Weight Bust Waist Hips Dress Before 5'6" 230 Ibs 44*" 38" 47» 22%"'****'"' After 5' 6" 147 Ibs. ..„.. 38"> 29" , 39" 14

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