Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk

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3rd March, 2010

I just don’t understand my sister, Akwaugo.

Yesterday, as soon as I was sure she would be awake on her side of the world, I called her, so we could gossip about Ogonna’s engagement. I mean, it wasn’t like I was calling to gossip about a new shoe, or bag, or what some random person had done! It’s our big sister’s engagement, for crying out loud! But, you would have thought I called to talk about the weather, when I finally got through to her.

“Oh, that’s so lovely!” was the response I got.

“That’s so lovely?!” I repeated, in disbelief. “Did you hear me at all? Or has she already told you?”

“No, she hasn’t. I have a few missed calls from her, but she didn’t leave me any voice mail.” Akwaugo replied, stretching and yawning.

“How come you haven’t returned her calls yet?” I asked, confused.

“I planned to do so today. It’s been so busy around here. Work has been crazy…” Akwaugo offered lamely.

I figured I would get more of a response from her if she saw a picture of the ring, so I forwarded it to her mobile phone.

“Wowzers!!!” she exclaimed. “Oh boy! So that small Ifeanyi get this kin eye?!”

Ehen! This was more of the reaction I was expecting.

“Awww, I’m glad. I’ll call her as soon as I get off the phone with you,” she said, finally giving me the excitement I wanted. “I knew he was definitely going to propose, but I didn’t think it would be so sharp sharp.”

“Me too!!!” I exclaimed.

“But at their age, why waste time?” she said, her voice drifting.“None of is getting any younger…”

“Akwaugo, are you okay? You sound…weird.” I remarked.

“Just tired, dear. A lot of late nights,” she assured me.

Hmmm, okay oh! If she says so!

When we were done talking, I was tempted to call Chidera, to give her the gist. I knew she would give me the kind of screams and hollering I thought the gist deserved. But I’m still too angry with her, not even for some nice quality gisting. So, the call with Akwaugo would have to do for now.

I decided not to go to the gym today. I realized I was a bit tired and exhausted, and I decided to listen to my body. That’s the difference between living a healthy lifestyle and learning to really listen to my body’s signals versus living an unhealthy lifestyle.

When I was living the life of a fat, unhealthy person, it was all about avoidance, denial. I never listened to my body, I only listened to that pleasure center of my brain that wanted to live on an endless stream of chocolates, cakes, and French fries. I was completely disconnected. Rather than face my mad/sad/stressed/tired feelings, and deal with them in a healthy way, I only wanted to be on a serotonin high.

Over the past few months, I’ve learned what my body really needs to be healthy and vibrant. I realize that it’s not selfish to take the time to put my health first, and get to know my body again. My body is an amazing machine, and I know that if I treat it with respect, it will take me anywhere I want to go.

In the evening, I got the exact screaming and hollering reaction, from the most unlikeliest of sources. My younger sister, Legachi, surprised me with a call, and we found ourselves squealing and giggling over Ogonna’s news. To think that a few short months ago, I found the girl a nuisance. Now, I find myself envious of the bond she has formed with our older sister, and am even the one trying to befriend her. She recently concluded her NYSC, and is currently unemployed, so I am thinking of asking JJ if she can come stay with us, while we look for a job for her here. And with Marizu’s NYSC also coming up, I reckon we can also accommodate him as well. Why not? We have the space…and they are my siblings, after all. I would really like to get to know them better, and what better way to start than this?

I guess JJ and I will have lots of pillow talk tonight!

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement

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