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I came across this poem during my first W30. I found it to be important enough to print and place on my bathroom mirror. I actually read it in my head while brushing my teeth. Now that I am going for a W100, I thought I would share this poem here. Part of my road to health is to break the cycle that was passed on to me; a poor relationship with food and rampant obesity. It was anonymously penned:


A careful man I want to be –
a little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear he'll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whatever he sees me do he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be –
that little chap who follows me…
He knows that I am big and fine –
And believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see –
that little chap who follows me…
But after all it's easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me –
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I'm a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me.

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