Monday, September 19, 2011
I like earning Spark Points. And one of the ways to do that is to post in the forums five times a day. Sadly, I'm finding myself more and more annoyed with the posts in the forums.
"I want to eat healthy but I'm a busy student!"
"I want to eat healthy but I've got three kids!"
"I want to eat healthy but my husband doesn't like healthy food."
"I want to eat healthy but I work two jobs!"
"I want to eat healthy but but but but but..."
I absolutely cannot understand how people develop this mindset. If I want something, I figure out what I need to get it, and I take the necessary steps.
I realized I wanted to eat healthy when I was twenty-one, living overseas, cooking in an ancient kitchen (no microwave, no blender, questionable gas oven that had to be lit by match, etc.), unable to read local cookbooks, with no internet access to look up recipes and out of the house from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm five days a week. So I figured stuff out. I made it work. Growing up I'd been prohibited from being in the kitchen during meal preparation time (my parents are awesome but they just thought I got in the way) so I had no background knowledge to draw on either. I just had to figure it out and make it work.
I don't understand how perfectly sane, capable adults come on Spark and make excuses for why they can't eat healthy (or exercise). It's not rocket science. And most of the people posting live in developed countries, with access to almost infinite amounts of free online health information and cooking advice. You've got a microwave! You can buy lunch kits and ice packs at the grocery store here! There are labour laws saying you have to be entitled to a lunch break! I would have killed for those things when I was twenty-one and taking three buses across town to the single Chinese supermarket where you could buy tofu... only to find it didn't come in a package so the shopkeepers wrapped it in newspaper and tied it in a plastic bag, which then dripped all over the place for the three bus trips it took to get back home!
I don't imagine many of the people who start their journey on Spark with a "BUT" will be successful. They've already sentenced themselves to mental and emotional failure. There is hope for these users "BUT" not until they realize that the ONLY barrier to their success is their own mindset.