Inspiration from chef_rdl!

Ever feel like little things you do don’t matter? I recently got a message on Instagram that really brightened my day.

Remember a few years ago when I was so excited to be losing weight and I posted this video on Youtube to share how I was doing it? (You can see the video here.)

I haven’t thought much of it afterwards until I got this message to the right (click image for full size):

During the holidays I’ve slipped back into bad habits and gained back 5-10 pounds. It was just dawning on me that I wasn’t as happy now as when I was running all the time and focused on being healthy—but I really didn’t want to give up the sugary snacks I’d started having at work—until this message.

chef_rdl has reminded me to get back to feeling good. I turn 50 later this year, and it’s not going to get easier. They say love is the gift that gives back. I think inspiration works the same way.

In May, I’ll be turning my focus back to getting fit and back into running. chef_rdl has agreed to let me post an interview here on how he did it and what he found worked best. Most of all, I thank him for the reminder of how amazing I felt before the extra 10 pounds.

And now… because it’s National Poetry Month and I’m trying to highlight poetry all month long… here is the poem I wrote back when I first lost my own 50 pounds. It was published in my collection, In Favor of Pain.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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