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TITLE (EDIT)
Image Obsessed
DESCRIPTION
A brief "Bridget Jones" moment.
[816 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Humor
AUTHOR
Paula M Shackleford
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am 21 years old and have just graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with an honours degree in Marketing and Communication. What I really want to do though is write, that has been my lifelong dream. I am the kind of person who could happily spend my entire life sitting at a computer, writing story after story - of course, that doesn't mean they'll be any good, but practice makes perfect. . .supposedly. I would appreciate any feedback and criticism regarding this story, its not as if I'm going to see any of you face to face!
[July 2001]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (12)
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Night Of Living Hell (Short Stories) This is a story I wrote a couple of years ago about a girl who is waiting outside the cinema for her date, and wondering if he is ever going to turn up. [1,227 words]
Please Sir (Short Stories) This is the first three chapters of a story I am trying to write, a sort of bonkbuster-cum-comedy about a gilr who seduces her English teacher. Note: As I am British, my spelling, grammar and dress ... [12,851 words]
Smothered (Short Stories) The story of a girl who drives away men without meaning to. Will she ever find true love? [3,970 words] [Romance]
Splitting (Short Stories) When Anna's boyfriend decides to break up with her, Anna is the one who ends up laughing. [1,001 words]
Image Obsessed
Paula M Shackleford

    April 8th 2001
11.18am
That's it! I'm officially sick of looking like Luciano Pavarotti's (slightly thinner, infinitely less hairy, tone deaf and female) twin. For once I decided to forsake my usual quick efficient shower in favour of a luxurious bath. Big mistake. Made the mistake of looking at my stomach - put it this way, the Michelin Man would look at me in disgust and lecture me on the benefits of healthy eating. I was too depressed to even hop on the scales - it's one of those speaking ones and I live in terror that it's going to say "One at a time please" when I stand on it. Anyway, can't seriously see myself "hopping" at the moment, I can barely reach for the remote control without getting out of breath. But I'm not going to the gym - I'd have to lose at least a stone before I had the nerve to don workout clothes and set foot in a place sure to be packed with potential Baywatch extras. Of course, that seems kind of pointless, sort of like cleaning your house BEFORE your cleaner arrives - which, incidentally, I do on a regular basis. Donít want her to think I actually NEED her services!
2.01pm
Must remember never to watch MTV when feeling depressed about my weight. Turned it on to only to be faced with thousands of Britney and Christina clones, all flowing blonde hair, perfect skin and tinier waists than Scarlet O'Hara. AND they can sing! Life is so unfair! I briefly entertain myself with the thought that the designer belts looped nonchalantly around their hips would probably not even stretch around my waist. In fact, do I even have a waist? Think I'll go and check - in fact, maybe I should unearth the tape measurer and note my vital statistics. Isn't that supposed to be a better way of gauging how overweight you are?
2.24pm
My waist is 80 inches! How can that be? Think I'm having a panic attack.
2.39pm
Phew! Panic over. Just phoned Chloe for help (although the only help I need right now is a pin stuck in my stomach - maybe that could deflate it like a punctured tyre). She started laughing.
"Try looking at the other side of the tape. You've been looking at the centimetre side."
Momentarily relieved, until I realise that my waist is still at least 3 inches larger than it was last time I measured it. The fact that the last measuring session was over five years ago is irrelevant. I always vowed my weight wouldn't increase with my age. Yet another resolution I have broken.
There's only one thing for it. Must burn more calories than I consume. This means total starvation and over-exercise.
Chloe finds that notion hilarious. "Yeah right, cos you could give up food," she sniggers.
"I'm great at abstinence," I sniff.
"We're talking about food here, not sex." (Oh that's really catty - remind me about my involuntary celibacy. That really helps my self-esteem!) "Come off it, you supposedly gave up chocolate for Lent - you lasted one day!"
"You'll see." I toss my head haughtily, then realise I'm on the phone. "You'll eat your words when I look like Jennifer Aniston, only skinnier."
Her only reply to this is a skeptical snort, so I slam the phone down on her.
4.05pm
Thank goodness for home exercise equipment. My face is purple, my body dripping in sweat, and I appear to have lost the ability to breathe. And I was only on the exercise bike for ten minutes.
And I am starving. Thereís a packet of Jaffa Cakes sitting on the kitchen table, clearly visible from where Iím collapsed in the living room. Am I hallucinating or are they FLIRTTING with me? ďYou want us, you KNOW you want us,Ē theyíre telling me, winking and wriggling seductively in front of my eyes.
Itís official. Iím going insane.
4.11pm
One wonít hurt, surely. Thereís only like 50 calories in one biscuit. One biscuit will give me some more energy, then I can exercise some more. Yeah, thatís what Iíll do, Iíll have one biscuit. Just the one, mind.
4.30pm
Thereís about 400 calories in a full packet. I know because I ate every one of those calories.
I hate myself.
4.40pm
Realisation has dawned - Iím clearly not meant to be skinny. And by trying to conform to the notion of ďslimnessĒ I am simply giving into manipulation from the media (and from men, of course) that I have to be slim to be beautiful. But Iím going to change all that. Iím going to be a representative for the REAL women. Weíre NOT built like stick insects, we DONíT eat nothing but lettuce leaves, we DONíT live in the gym. We have better things to do with our lives, like LIVE them.
Now, where did I put those Easter Eggs I bought for my niece and nephew?
After all, I need to practice what I preach, donít I?
      

 

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"i was attracted by the "Bridget Jones" in the description. Yes, this is a diary but more a diary of a day. I think the humour in B.J. worked as it was the background to a plot that was based on her relationships. Maybe building the exercise bike experience would give the piece more depth.Hope this helps. " -- Wendy, Kent, UK.

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© 2001 Paula M Shackleford
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
July 2001
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