Posted on September 4, 2011 by Jennifer Lilley
Let there be light. And so there was –white and pure- casting a peaceful glow upon all things good and right in this world: cold pizza and crème brulee.
Yet again, the refrigerator light led me into temptation.
On one shoulder sat an angel (food cake) and on the other, the devil (-ed eggs), both playing tug of war with my taste buds.
Suddenly, the refrigerator light disappeared just as quickly as the pepperoni slice I plucked from its cold shelves.
Back in bed, I wondered about tomorrow. I’d be at work, expanding the company’s growth right along with my waistline. I’d lust after –and give in to- E2 and A5 (my favorite vending machine designations). Fingers would tremble as I breathlessly fumbled with the Snickers wrapper, filling my body with one caloric wave of pleasure after another.
Food, and the insatiable need for it, was everywhere. Work. Home. The bank where canisters of lollipops lurk on every counter.
Refrigerator Bin Sin
Temptation abounded. Worse, I was giving in. Sin. Gluttonous, gooey, caloric-ladden sin.
Wrongful use of the name of God. “Out of crumb cake?” Oh, God, for Christ’s sake!”
I coveted my neighbors. Ben. Jerry. Even Mrs. Butterworth.
Yet I always made sure to honor my Father and Mother. Called Papa John every other day.
Then . . . darkness came. Refrigerator lights flickering wildly, the thunderous mad rush of boiling water, spoons clanging against the metal guts of pudding bowls.
Down the department store escalator I plunged, surrounded only by appliqué sweaters and the plus-sized women who wore them . . . all of us searching, desperately hungering for something bigger.
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.