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You Don’t Know What It’s Like

By Tanner | In Mindset | on February 2, 2012

If you have always been active, maintained a level of fitness, and never been fat, then you just don’t know what it’s like.
It is easy as someone who has always been motivated to stay in shape to not understand how Americans continue to make horrible

choices for their health and fitness.  You don’t know what is like to disregard all the fitness and diet information available to us and still put fattening, unhealthy food in your mouth.  You don’t know what is like to have no restraint and eat whatever you want whenever you want it.  As a health conscious person, you couldn’t possibly understand eating a large pizza and following it up with a container of ice cream in the name of having a bad day or being “depressed”.
Instead, you get up each and every day and spend your extra time doing healthy things.  Your trip to the gym, the pool, or your run route totally takes your ability to relate to fat peoples’ behaviors.  It’s not fair for you, the one who chooses the gym clothes and post workout BCAAs over the pity robe and “comfort” foods, to

pass judgement on someone who’d rather lay about watching TV and stuffing their faces with crap food.  You eat lean meat, nuts, and some berries for breakfast.  It ruins your ability to see why so many willingly and happily eat PopTarts or donuts and wash it down with a Mountain Dew each morning.  You make the decision to have a spinach cobb salad with chicken at lunch that you prepared the night before.  You probably think that makes you better than someone who has a Big Mac, apple pie, Coke, and a milkshake?  I bet you even think since you’re more productive after lunch than your french fry eating coworkers you deserve more pay too, right?  The fact is, you just don’t know what is like to NEED pasta.
In your world, fitness and health are priorities.  But for most Americans, they are not.  They don’t enjoy clean food, sunshine, and good workout.  They would rather claim health issues and make excuses for their condition.  Until you’ve tried it, you won’t understand all the lure of being fat and unfit.  You will never know the joys of eating exclusively from the interior isles at the grocery store.  Mmmmm…  all those preservatives and sugars.  Yum!
Your fingers, forearms, and bum will not ache from sitting through countless hours of online gaming fun.  I mean, World of Warcraft offers all the needs of society anyways.  Play it and you have no need to leave the house.
You won’t know depression either.  You won’t know what it is like to depend on prescription drugs to make you feel better about your inabilities to get up and enjoy life.  You don’t know what what’s like to give into your genetics.  Yes, genetics…  even you are genetically predisposed to storing fat.  You do what it takes not to allow your natural ability to fatten up for the winter to take over.  You have eaten healthy and remained active enough so you haven’t developed any obesity related conditions that contribute to becoming fatter.
You fit and healthy people are just insensitive to the plights of those who can’t control themselves.  It’s simply not fair that you make good decisions and others do not.  You are privileged, blessed even, with the knack for being accountable to yourself.  You cannot possibly understand what it is like.

End sarcasm…  a bit insensitive?  Maybe.  But I don’t think sugar coating our society’s acceptance of poor behavior is going to help improve the state of American’s health.  The idea that it is not an individual’s own fault for becoming obese is a liberal thought process that excludes people from accountability.  There are very few cases of obesity that could not have been prevented and/or rectified by diet and activity.

The fitness industry tends to feature stories about successes in relation to how many pounds someone looses.  I am proud CFW has been an important influence on many people who’ve lost over 50, 60, 70, and even 100 lbs of fat from their “previous life”.   It takes character and strength to return to health once you’re far gone.

But I’d like to dedicate a post to all you who have never allowed yourself to get out of shape.  You deserve a salute for never slipping down the slippery slopes of unhealthy habits.  You are the ones who set the example day in and day out of what it takes to remain fit in a very fat world.  Our society not only does not congratulate them, but often labels those of us who workout regularly as neurotic, among other things.

I think about Scott S., Bobby H., and all the others who have been active and fit their entire lives.  They’re over 50 years old and can out do 80% of american 20 year olds.  Both are successful, have children (the number one excuse women 26-42 years old in America have for not workout), and are busy as the next guy.  Yet they’ve always found time for health and fitness.
On the flip side, how about our “youngans”.  Cody, Tanner, Nick, Felice, and the rest of the young bucks are all in their early twenties.  They have limited budgets, hold numerous jobs each, and still find their way to the gym daily.  It’s a choice they make.  It is a conscious decision and opportunity afforded to all Americans.
So what about parents?  How can moms Amanda, Kelly, Tracy, and dads Clair, Joe, Josh, our many others manage the “burden” and “stress” of having babies and children but hit the gym ferociously and habitually?  I mentioned earlier moms state having kids as the reason they don’t workout. Well, I guess our ladies have figured it out.  They somehow balance life with the gym and eating healthy.

So for those of you who have spent yourr lives, no matter how long that may be, dedicated to being fit and healthy, congratulations.  You deserve mention of it.
-t.

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