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The good, the bad, and the philosophical

Friday, June 20, 2014

Some days one moves forward more than others.

When I was a kid (who knew everything, of course) I would bemoan this or that evil or injustice. My father, who I thought understood nothing at all, would say something along the lines of, "There has to be bad along with the good. We have to have bad to enjoy the good." He was more articulate than that, but you get the idea.

I thought that was absurd and clearly he was an idiot.

If good is good (I know that sounds tautological), then why would we want only some good? Why would we not want ALL good All the time? Of course we do want that - at least in a way.

But it seems that recognizing good as good is done as a contrast to that which is not good. In other words, it is the existence of bad that allows us to discern that which is good.

What the heck does this philosophical nonsense have to do with eating right?

Well, yesterday was not a good day in several ways - among those ways were my eating choices. Lunch was over my calorie budget, but I knew that in advance and was prepared to take that hit.

Then the university called. An older friend of ours had fallen on campus and was in the E.R. We ended up spending then next 8 - 10 hours at the hospital and then driving to and fro, here and there to get her back home and to drive her car from the campus parking lot to her apartment complex.

Well, in all that hubbub, we did not eat. By the time I did eat, it was almost 10 hours since lunch, easily 3 -4 hours past my normal evening mealtime. I was exhausted and hungry and opted for what was quick and available. Of course it was a stupid choice nutritionally, which left me bloated, full of sodium, disappointed in myself, and unsatisfied in general.

But, it does help me see the good. In several ways:
1. It's such a contrast to what I've been doing for several weeks.
2. It did NOT feel like a welcome relief. It did NOT feel like something I've been missing and was so glad to be experiencing again.
3. It was a stunning realization that this awful choice which bothered me so much used to be my normal fare.

My dad was smarter than I thought.

Mark Twain said it best:
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

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TENNISJIM 6/21/2014 5:57AM

    Great blog, Alex

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KIRSTENLYNN62 6/20/2014 1:39PM

    It sounds like you had a real "light bulb" moment. I have found that I have certain triggers to my overeating, and you had two of my personal ones in one day : Stressful times, and too long between meals. It is no wonder you fell back into bad habits... you had two strikes against you! I try to keep a snack in my purse (almonds or string cheese) for such emergencies, but sometimes you just get too distracted and you feel pushed into a corner. Oh well, today is another day to get it right! emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 6/20/2014 12:19PM

    Great blog! I particular love the Mark Twain quote! It's such a good feeling when you can acknowledge that you aren't missing your old style of eating. It feels good to be on steady ground, even when we eat in a way that is not satisfying for a day or two. Another thing to be thankful for is that your friend has such wonderful friends who would spend their evening taking care of her, and that you are the sort of person that would do that.

Have a wonderful day!

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FOCUSONME57 6/20/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon as always.

It wasn't until I was 18, and already married that I realized Mom really did know what she was talking about most of the time.

How wonderful the lessons you learned yesterday, albeit at the price of your digestive system. Next time you are cooking up healthy meals, you can now make a little extra for the freezer so that you have a quick alternative available.

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NANCYPAT1 6/20/2014 10:18AM

    Love the REALITY of this blog - I love the philosophical approach.

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 6/20/2014 9:43AM

    Another thought provoking blog Alex. I love it!

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