Eat (pizza), Pray (you’ll lose weight), Love (your muffin) and Buy New Jeans

pepperoni pizza with basil leaves
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I pulled out my copy of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because, as you’ve seen, my class has been reading works by travel writers. Although Gilbert is not a travel writer per se, her book is one of self-discovery, and she comes to many realizations about herself through the travel and culture she experiences in Italy, India, and Indonesia. I read a passage out loud today in class as a means of writing inspiration (though how successful I was is left to be seen). Ironically, the movie was on my television, and I watched a bit of it earlier. Having already seen the film when it was released in the theatre and having read the book a while back, I wondered if one of the scenes with Julia Roberts was recited verbatim from the book. It was not. Gilbert describes this particular scene in the book, but it does not happen in a pizza parlor during a conversation with her friend, Sofi (Tuva Novotny), in Napoli, as is depicted in the film. However, while I usually choose book over film (in most instances), I have to say, (and maybe it’s because it’s Julia Roberts), that I love this scene in the movie. It makes me laugh. And I’m sorry to say, it’s so darn true.

Have you ever been able to relate to a scene so well that you wonder why you couldn’t have written it yourself? You’ve said the same things time and time again.

So here’s the bottom line: I’m sick of thinking about my “muffin” and my inability to work 30 minutes of exercise into my daily routine.

I agree with Julia; it’s much easier to eat some pizza and call it a day.

Here’s the scene…

“Let me ask you something…In all the years that you have undressed in front of a gentleman, has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever walked out and left?
No? It’s because he doesn’t care! He’s in a room with a naked girl – he’s just won the lottery! I am so tired of saying no. I’m tired of waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know just how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.”
– Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love



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