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Get Off The Couch, You Fat Fu@K

It’s a fine line and never static, between personal freedom and personal responsibility, and if one had to choose I usually lean more on the side for freedom. Thankfully, it is rarely an either-or, so both hats can be worn.

I have written posts in the past on PSA’s, clever hard knocking PSA’s that grab you by the short hairs, push you off that fence, and smack you right in the face with the reality that you are indeed the captain of your ship and can control not only the quality of your life, but it’s duration as well. Here is the latest on obesity;

Strong4life is an outfit out of Atlanta, they did a series of fat videos a few years back, short and sweet;

Here’s the deal, we all hate food Nazi’s (looking at you, Bloomberg, and Michelle), we all hate governments (all levels, city, state, federal) making us jump through hoops because they think they know better what is good for us, and we hate sin taxes or outright bans (remove my 64 ouncer from my cold dead hands), best to leave it up to the individual and his own sense of self worth. The problem is that when you don’t wear that seat belt and crash, it becomes prohibitively more expensive, sometimes the individual foots the bill but more often than not, we as tax payers suffer for your irresponsibility. Ditto with smoking (although less and less people take up this filthy habit) and ditto with you porkers that get diabetes at 30, get hyper tension, clogged arteries, or needing quadruple bypasses.

I admit, one of the biggest problems is that fast food, crappy high calorie/low nutrition food is cheaper, so for the family not that well off, their options are more limited. But a great deal of the blame should also go to folks just being lazy. A salad, or vegetables at meals is not that costly. Sure, it does take some time, but minutes, really.

I am somewhat sympathetic, being raised by a single parent with not much money, I was a little chunky when I was growing up. But at adolescence I grew over a foot, started playing sports (and liking girls) and have never had a weight problem since. As one ages, leading a well rounded life, one in balance, becomes harder, as is eating right.

We are a fat country, to our detriment. One can not reach his full potential, either in creativity or earnings, if one is hampered by health issues. In the old days, the fleet of foot, the agile would always survive to the detriment of the fat slow guy, who was always eaten by the lion. Maybe we need more lions.

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  1. Xetrov says:

    Holy shit, I think I just watched my life until I was 30 backwards. Sobering.

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  2. AlexInCT says:

    I grow most of my stuff. Various sorts of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and so forth, all in the back yard, so I can enjoy me some yum-yum. I had me this awesome tomato, basil and red onion salad tonight as my main meal and I have to tell you the thing rocked. Just had salt, pepper, olive oil, and a nice balsamic vinegar for dressing too. Won’t do the bottled dressing shit because that stuff is just crappy calories.

    All I do is buy the little plants at the beginning of the season, then water and feed them, and eat the crap. The problem is that I wish I could do this year long, but winter interferes. I then buy the stuff at the store. My kid however likes the bad stuff. But being 19 and being 50 makes a difference when you eat bad.

    The one thing I think people need more of is exercise. Most people, including my ex, are pedantically lazy and avoid any kind of exercise. I got all these broken bones and bad body parts, and yet, I keep working out, and despite being told I was never gonna walk some 20 years ago after things got ugly, I am running a 5K almost every day.

    Mind over matter baby. If you don’t mind it, it won’t matter.

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  3. Seattle Outcast says:

    Despite what you, or anyone, thinks we need to be doing for ourselves, you can politely go to hell for thinking it needs to be mandatory. It’s a slippery slope that leads directly to tyranny, best avoid taking those first douchebag steps by telling people that they need to do X, or you’re going to find the government leaning on you.

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