The ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive inme . . .

Books have helped to lighten wallet

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Tell me about self-help books. What is it about them that makes me want to have them? What is this power they seem to have over me? What could one book pos­si­bly have in it that would change my life for­ever? That’s the key isn’t it? They make you think that they hold some mag­i­cal an­swer to all your prob­lems with some clever, punchy ti­tle that seems to be aimed di­rectly at some tar­get on your emo­tional bag­gage. Shame­ful to say, I cur­rently own nearly 30 of th­ese ‘‘grab at you’’ lit­tle books, (90 per cent of them weight-loss re­lated) and I just man­aged to stop my­self from buy­ing an­other just the other day. The Two Day Diet it was called . . . You see, I have fallen off the weight loss wagon with a re­sound­ing thud and have since be­ing try­ing my best to claw

I am ashamed to ad­mit that I’m the queen of self-help books. It’s a self-pro­claimed ti­tle but I’ve yet to meet any­one who could

chal­lenge it.

my­self back on; sadly th­ese books make it seem all so easy! I amashamed to ad­mit that I’m the queen of self-help books. It’s a self-pro­claimed ti­tle but I’ve yet to meet any­one who could chal­lenge it. I love buy­ing them, I love read­ing them and de­spite not ever hav­ing found one that held my fairy­tale key to suc­cess, I will prob­a­bly buy more. I’m think­ing of the one I didn’t buy as we speak. I have an ad­dic­tion, which (as my dar­ling hus­band keeps telling me) is not al­ways easy to fund. So, in the name of mar­i­tal res­o­lu­tion, I’m just go­ing to sell ad­ver­tis­ing space on my now big­ger-than-ever rear end, and fi­nance my habit on my own. ◗ Suzie Sykes, mother of three . . . still truck­ing on.

Suzie Sykes

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