Your article in the Union, “Invisible Jails” spoke to so many of my own experiences.

What impressed me the most was the concept that many of us “feed” unmet emotional needs with food. I’ve done this so many times: I’d feel let down, but I was too afraid to ask for what I needed.

To fill the void….I ate. Now that I am no longer medicating my feelings with food, I am forced to confront myself. How do I want to be treated….and how do I muster the courage to ask?

I’m learning how, and the results have been an amazing improvement in my relationships with the important people in my life. When you ask for it, the people who really love you will give you exactly what you need.


Sometimes I wonder why I keep writing and promoting fitness. After all, I’m retired. Maybe I should just go to the beach, so to speak, and enjoy my hard-won leisure.

And then I read a letter from a person like Martha and I realize that my “prison ministry” sometimes makes a difference in another person’s life. That knowledge is sufficient to keep me going.

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