Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Everyone ELSE is fat. Not MEEEEEEEE!!!

After yesterday's news, this caught my eye. How typically American.

"90% of Americans see others as overweight, but only 39% consider themselves overweight."

Just how stupid are we, really? I mean, really? I realize this is the typical over-confidence bias inherent in much of human thought and perception. But people, puh-leez. It's one thing when everyone considers themselves an "above average" driver. It's kinda hard to measure, yes? But come on. When you're fat, you're fat. Guess what? Can't see your feet without leaning forward? You're FAT! Keep having to buy bigger clothes sizes? You're FAT! You can't hide it. Is there a fat equivalent of a comb-over?

This reminds me of the comedy club scene in the Eddie Murphy remake of the Nutty Professor. "Your momma's so fat, her belt size is equator!" Don't get me started.

Sometimes I think this country, this race, is doomed.

How depressing. Better go hit the gym - that makes everything look better, and at least you won't be fat...

Talk less, sweat more.

Monday, April 10, 2006

you're fatter than you think

New study out showing that most Americans are fat, or technically, "obese", and don't know it. You know, everyone knows you're fat. It's not like you can hide it. But most people don't know just what "obese" means - it's a lot less fat than you'd think. For example, an average 5' 10" person is overweight at 174 pounds. The study goes on to say that over 2/3 of the US is overweight but doesn't think they are. All you have to do, is spend any time at all, anywhere outside the US, to see how fat Americans are.

You are what you eat.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Being sick sucks... or does it

Sure, it sucks... No way around it. I'm usually pretty lucky when it comes to the cold and flu season. I stay fit, eat right, and get enough sleep, and I don't usually get sick. But this past week has been no fun at all. Nothing major - just a little sore throat and sniffle for a few days. But the lingering little things have been killing me - the aches, the cough, the light-headedness. The general feeling of something-not-quite-right... I keep thinking today's the day everything will be back to normal and today never quite gets here. You know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, I've been taking my Emergen-C, and eating right, taking it easy on the workouts along with lots of hot showers and baths to soak it all out. Slowly but surely, my body's getting back to 100%.

But every cloud has a silver lining, don't you know. I'm looking forward to the best part. The day when I wake up and realize it's all gone. Like hot needs cold, and good needs bad, health needs sickness. It's only when you've recovered from an illness, be it a cold or a muscle tear, that you truly appreciate just how good it feels to be healthy. Every day I wake up, I'm thankful to be alive, with my health and my family and friends around me. But that first day of health, this is the time you want to burn it into your memory.

THIS is what it feels like to be healthy, happy, and alive.

You just gotta love it.