I was very lucky. I had a fantastic family and a great upbringing. I had not one, but 3 mothers, that wanted me to eat, feel full, and be happy. All 3 of my mothers lived through the depression, and were determined that I wasn’t going to starve to death or waste a morsel of food.
Mother number 1, my biological Mother, Sylvia Sher, taught me to clean my plate, and I always did. She also encouraged me to finish up whatever food was left over. I basically replaced the garbage disposal.
Mother number 2, was my Grandmother who I lovingly called Honey. Honey had a great laugh and was a lot of fun. She loved to bake. She made everything from scratch, including cookies, cakes and pies. She was famous for her Lemon Meringue pie. Every meal included an unbelievable dessert. She was especially pleased when you ate a second piece of her delicious desserts. I tried to please, and often did eat that second piece.
I really loved my third mother, the housekeeper, Mary Jane Evans. Mary made sure that I had plenty of nutritious snacks. When I walked home from school, she had two peanut butter and butter sandwiches served on hot toasted rye bread waiting for me. Other times she had what you call fried chicken grebenas on a plate ready for me as I walked in the door. Grebenas are basically rendered fried chicken fat and grease. There could not be a better and more delicious morsel of food on the planet earth or any other distant planet.
I was fortunate. All 3 of my Mothers loved me and cared for me, but I ended up very overweight. I was very active in sports, but I learned early on you can’t out exercise bad eating habits if you want to lose weight. In 4th grade, my teacher, Mrs. Barlow weighed each student in front of the class. I weighed 125 pounds, with the next heaviest person weighing 30 lbs. less.
In order to deal with my health, fitness, and appearance, I have been battling my weight for the last 50 or so years. I have read every diet book, tried multiple diet plans, exercised obsessively, and have spent a lot of time journaling, charting, observing, studying how skinny people eat, etc.
About 6 years ago, I took all of the best ideas I had learned from scores of diets and diet books and developed a customized plan that helped me lose 15lbs., slowly and methodically over time. I have learned to keep it off, and have new healthy habits that work for me.
I would like to share them with you. I guess you could think of me as a diet idea consolidator.
There’s one really cool, unique twist to my experience. During the same 50+ years that I was obsessing about my weight and fitness, I was also learning every facet of the credit and collection business. I have helped tens-of-thousands of people establish and reestablish credit while shedding off unwanted debt.
What’s so amazing to me is the disproportionate number of people that are both overweight and in debt. Roughly 35% of the American public is in significant debt, and approximately 35% of the American public is obese or significantly overweight.
I have wanted to write a diet book/blog my entire life… one that’s different and that can help people.
I have come up with a plan. It will not only help you lose weight, but will also help you lose debt. This is a lifetime plan that will help you lose weight and debt over time. It’s not a quick fix, but it’s very reasonable and realistic. It allows multiple failures where you will feel encouraged, rather than discouraged. It also allows you to unemotionally track your progress in some creative ways that you have never seen before.
First of all, to get out of debt you need to know your current level of debt. To lose weight you need to know your current maintenance level of net calories. Once you know these things, you will be able to make small changes that will help you eliminate debt and weight.
The Skinny and Debt Free Compassion Plan is the only plan that creates a way for you to literally eat your way out of debt.
Take this journey with me. I am pledging to lose my last 10 lbs. with you, and show you the way. I will also help you with your weight loss or debt questions. I hope this blog is interactive so we can learn from each other. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.
Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a past president of ACA International, is the author of the Collector’s Pledge. Hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect. AmSher is known as the collection agency that collects with compassion.