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Who's the Guy with the gun to your head?

Friday, May 10, 2013

There is a scene in the movie Blazing Saddles, where Cleavon Little (Bart, the sheriff) points a gun to his own head and says "Don't move or I'll shoot" (or words to the effect), and it was so ridiculous that the audience roared with laughter at the absurdity of it. Yet we do it to ourselves all the time.

I don't care how delicious, beautiful, desirable a food is, it can't make you fat unless you eat it. No one is holding us down, forcing us to eat it. Advertising may make it look wonderful, but is it really to blame? Are we so helpless in the face of anything that looks good? Just because a perfect dress/pair of shoes/sofa is sitting there, do we have to buy it or steal it? No, there is a thought process. The more expensive something is, the longer we think it over. But with food, it's the LITTLE stuff that gets us. Just because I want it/need it, doesn't mean I have to have it. Affordability is more than money.

We put that gun to our own heads, then look for someone else to blame: the food industry, the advertisers, the restaurant. In the end, though, it isn't anyone but the one doing the eating, and you need a mirror to find the culprit. If we can stop looking for someone to blame, and shift all that energy into doing what we always say we want to do, we succeed no matter how "cravable" the food or how big the advertising budget.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/22/2013 5:13PM

    at the moment i seem to have loads of guns forcing me to over eat,lol emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/20/2013 6:45PM



Great way to put it!

May of us who would NEVER blow $1000 on a pair of shoes think nothing of blowing 1000 calories on a...burger or pizza or pastry.

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LGAR519 5/13/2013 4:21PM

    The blame game!! Don't you just love it. But seriously, I have always held myself accountable.

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CHESAKAT41 5/13/2013 9:55AM

    Interesting concept that is soooo true! Nice reading...

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PEGIGGLE 5/13/2013 2:46AM

    The important thing is to be positive about it. Sometimes we (or at least, I) don't even remember that I didn't have to eat it until afterwards. I guess the thing is to encourage in ourselves that little thoughtful pause in which we can choose.

thanks for a thought-provoking post.

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AJDOVER1 5/11/2013 10:54PM

    Affordability is more than money. It's just a matter of thinking through the costs. Sometimes the calculation is complicated, but as long as we have our priorities straight the answers are there for us.

Great blog.

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CARRAND 5/11/2013 6:41PM


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    Thanks so much for posting this!! Great analogy! And needed the reminder that the choices are our own, not anyone else's . . . now if we could just get our politicians to realize the same thing! emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/11/2013 12:42AM

    So I guess the world if filled with stupid people that doesn´t understand...weird.

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MADEIT3 5/10/2013 11:01PM

    Reminds me of the IT saying PICNIC - problem in chair not in computer.

This is problem in brain not in environment! Guess that would be PIBNIE.

Thanks for the good thoughts!

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/10/2013 9:40PM

    Great food for thought!

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SUSANNAH31 5/10/2013 9:32PM

    Holding that gun to our heads, we should be telling ourselves, "Don't eat it, or I'll shoot!" There's an image to keep in mind for the next time.

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NASFKAB 5/10/2013 7:50PM

  such a truthful observation thanks

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REGILIEH 5/10/2013 12:57PM

    AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!!

My sentiments exactly!!!

emoticon for putting it out there!

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MANDELOVICH 5/10/2013 11:31AM

    We are accountable for ourselves. It's true.

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GABY1948 5/10/2013 11:20AM

    emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/10/2013 11:17AM

    Ha, ha, I've watched Blazing Saddles so many times I can quote whole scenes (and I know the end of the line you mention). Seriously, you are right on the money with this blog. Sometimes we just need full-out weasel wording.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/10/2013 10:20AM

    I like the visual.
We can't make progress until we own our actions.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/10/2013 10:10AM

    Wow this puts all things in perspective. You are so right. Thanks for this excellent Food for Thought.

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DESERTJULZ 5/10/2013 9:23AM

    Oh my! What a blog full of word pictures! You are so right, we pull our own triggers. Very well put!

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ZEEDRA 5/10/2013 9:15AM

    Thanks, Nell. This is the only blog where gun-control can be discussed. :)

As usual, you are wisely saying where the problem and the solution lies.

I watched a panel discussion on Huffpost Live online last evening. A Spark rep was on it but I didn't write down her name. The talk was on Chronic Complainers. I think this comes under the same umbrella you're talking about--complaining/blaming/making excuses until the cows come home instead of making a plan and sticking to it to the best of my ability. My big job is to fight negativity which is, I think, the beginning of the complain/blame/excuse spectrum. I'm not pointing any fingers. The person typing this is long overdue for a shake-up!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 5/10/2013 9:11AM

    What a great blog! Thank you!

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RICHARJ 5/10/2013 8:55AM

    BaYow! Hit me right in the chest. Keep em coming NellJones. As always you are right in the money and make us look directly at ourself in the mirror....

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