Thursday, January 16, 2014
I know I will get a few raised eyebrows on the new tattoo. This is a *huge* departure for me since I got one that has an explanation to go with it. I couldn't even begin to care what a stranger thinks about it, but for those that actually read this I will attempt to explain.
For those that aren't familiar with The Blerch, going to the link will help.
But why would I get a funny looking cartoon blob as a tattoo?
The first is that I finally have a manifestation of what I have lived with for most of my life. I have been active most of my life. I have been chased by the Blerch for longer.
Even at my most active, I have had issues all my life with being able to attain and maintain weight loss. I came from an family that held being active (physically and socially) more important that being thin.
You hiked that mountain today? Then you deserve something decadent afterwards . Spent the entire day volunteering? Your favorite pizza would make for an excellent dinner. Cross country skied all day? You must be starving! Here is a table full of very yummy and only somewhat good for you food.
I found out the hard way that this isn't how most of the world sees things. I have, for the most part, made peace with that.
I've been told by several doctors that some people, no matter what they do, just have a harder time with weight than others. Lucky me. I get to work harder then. Which leads to....
The second reason is that there are times when I'm trying to go faster or a longer distance that it serves as a reminder. There isn't an immovable wall, there is only the Blerch and he can be outrun. And for those that have experienced The Wall during any form of activity you know that such reminders are important and, for me, necessary.
Oh, and that one shouldn't use a straw with a jar of Nutella.