From the warped mind of Dr. William M. Smith, we bring you The Bellydancer And The Diet! Sounds like it should be the title of a horror movie, doesn't it?
About This Image
Here's how this cartoon came to be: In 1989, I decided I was tired of being overweight. So I increased my exercise levels, changed my eating habits, and lost 45 pounds. To achieve that, I did not go on anybody's commercial diet - I just took a look at my eating and exercise patterns, identified some things I needed to fix, and fixed them. For example, I discovered that sometimes I was cleaning my plate in restaurants without particularly enjoying what I was eating. It was there, so I ate it. I quit doing that - if I wasn't actively enjoying it, I stopped eating it. And so on.
Anyway, my "Break My Bad Habits" diet inspired my husband to draw this cartoon for me.
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About the Artist
Dr. William M. Smith, who would probably prefer not to be called Mr. Shira even though he is married to her, is a mathemagician. (Imagine someone who has a Ph.D. in mathematics with a sense of playfulness and humor about it....) He likes to pass time in restaurants waiting for his food by doodling. He used to doodle cartoons of snails to please his favorite wife (yes, there's a story behind that!), and this is one of his creations.
Unfortunately, Bill doesn't share his wife's passion for belly dancing, and sometimes feels like a belly dancing widower. He'd much rather cut a rug with her doing just plain old social dancing at a local club.
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