I didn't get a Bachelor's degree - I got a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, which means I didn't have to take humanities, math, and stuff like that. I think I had to take Art History, which I failed a few times.
The way to deal with the devil of obesity and diabetes is literally one day at a time.
When my parents died they both were 47, and they died of complications of different diseases; one being diabetes.
I also have a degree in marriage, family and child counseling - I'm a therapist.
I had a great childhood, a very close-knit family. We were all overweight, and we had good times eating together, I imagine.
Like most severely overweight people, I had to hit a rock-hard bottom before I'd take responsibility for the consequences of neglecting my own health.
I finally admitted that obesity and diabetes were part of a life-threatening legacy - and I had to deal with that reality or die.
One of the key things I did to stay on my diet is I never allowed myself to get hungry. As soon as I got hungry, I'd eat healthy foods.
The first time I ever did a play, in junior high school, I said to myself, 'Hey, people like me doing this. I'm making them laugh.'
The magic is you can change more things than you could ever dream of.
When I auditioned for 'Animal House,' I had only done some plays at a local dinner theater in Virginia.
When I was a child, I used to eat sugar Frosted Flakes with chocolate milk, but I digest, I mean digress.
You can eat a lot more vegetables than you can cotton candy. Bring on the veggies. Stay away from the fluffy carbs.
I felt different from everyone else - like an alien. The looks I received when I was 320 pounds were ones usually reserved for three-eyed monsters, half-man half-woman reptiles, creatures with hideous rolls of skin that sweated profusely and jiggled when they walked. That last one really was me.
I remember I made $22 a week doing dinner theater in Norfolk, Virginia. Back then, in the '70s, that was pretty good for a teenager, for a part-time job.
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