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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa I was un hheavy IN the dead of winter, my husband and I bought a swimming pool on sale. Right then, I set my heart on having a great-looking swim suit to go with it. There was only one problem. I needed a shm figure to get into it. And at 165 pounds with a bottom, I had a long way to goto be the backyard beauty of Scotia, New York y" been about my weight, even as a schoolgirl. Not that I'd ever been gross but I was usually the largest girl in my class at weigh-in time. Sweets were my weakness cookies, cake, soda and ice cream. They were always more important to me than meals, even after I mar- ried. And since I hated cooking, but loved bak- ing you can understand why I kept gaining. Then, too, I got fatter during pregnancies and haying three sons in less than five years my weight just piled up. y t Jfar blame of Problem on the fact that I m sort of a rationalizer. I'm always find- ing excuses for not doing what I really don't want to do For instance, I used to look at fat people on the street and say to myself: "She's fatter than I am." That made me feel slimmer so I d eat and feel content. But later, I'd see myself m a mirror and feel miserable again Occasionally, of course, I'd crash diet. I'd IVG un snliH fswwJ ___ i i- By Jeanne O'Connor-as told to Ruth L. McCarthy however, would make me desperate for something to chew on, so I'd buy gum. But chewing gum just made me hungrier than ever. Believe me, it was a vicious circle. That's why I de- cided, when we got our pool, that I'd have to try some other way to eat less. I'd read a lot about people who had taken those re- ducing-plan can- dies, .and since many were much fatter than I was, I thought may- be Ayds could help me. (Notice how I thought everybody At 165 pounds, even else was always fat- holding one of my sons ter than I couldn't hide that thigh! box of the chocolate >re and I started right me pian. I'd never been a breakfast eater sc one Ayds, hot coffee Otherwise, I'd be grabbing cookies or whatever else was around, as I'd run for the telephone Lunch was light, because I wasn't really hun- gry Honest. Ayds, coffee and a sandwich would hold me until 4 00 p.m. That was my weak hour -when I needed something sweet. For dinner I might have Ayds and tea again, then eat a regu- lar meal with my family: chicken, vegetables and salad. As I said, heavy meals were never my .problem. Between-meal snacks is where I eot into trouble. I sure looked forward to a couple televfst, time on the I'd In f me on e Ayds P'an, I' lost 26 pounds and felt just marvelous. Particu- larly as the compliments began coming my way. Inen I discovered I was pregnant. Even though I knew Ayds contained vitamins and minerals, but no drugs, I thought it best to stop reducing Especially since I always felt nauseous during my pregnancies. B I must say, however, that losing those 26 pounds made the next nine months the easiest 1 d ever had. I even looked good enough to wear a 2-piece maternity swim suit. In fact, I was so delighted with what the Ayds plan had done for me, I was back on it two weeks after I came home from the hospital. And I only had eight pounds to lose over again. As the weight came off once more, I started to look at slim girls in- stead of fat ones. I'd say to myself Che mer than Then I'd try harder than eveV to get another pound off. I knew, of course, that there was no magic potion m Ayds, but for me there was the sweet satisfaction that I needed to help Those Ayds candies actually helped curb my appetite enough so that I was able to get do sontheAd8 s My next door neighbor just can't get over it She keeps saying: "You looked so mother y when you moved And another friend, when Sometimes I even get treated that way. Like my hu8band I Party A8AWalked in' one of the me" dl l got a11 flustered ne or o, inteV w' a eight yeara of hav- ingto think twiceabout whatothermen thought of me. Now, thanks to the Ayds plan 7-C M ivok now? Since I'm down h, belwve me, I'll stand alone anytime. BEFORE AND AFTER MEASUREMENTS Height... Dress g 16-18
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