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“Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart” – An Amish Proverb, I think

Friday, July 11, 2014

At least I used to hear it a lot when visiting my parents near Lancaster, PA.

I thought about this during my run this morning. I had just posted a response to Indy-Girl’s featured blog warning about the “crabs” trying to pull us back down into the bucket.

My post was:
Perhaps the crabs "mean well" like those people who validate our excuses.
To be successful I have to focus on the responses within parentheses.

Don't worry about your weight, you're fit.
(Why drag around extra pounds?)

Forget BMI - it doesn't work for weight lifters and professional athletes
(but I'm not in that category)

Men don't like bony women
(Is skinny shaming acceptable now?)

Eat whatever you want, life is too short
(Shorter if I eat poorly)

Healthy food costs too much
(So does medical care)

While running I kept thinking about more comments from the crabs and my reaction.

Why are you running?
(Because I’ve been doing it for 30 years and I still can)

You’re going to ruin your knees.
(But you’re having the knee replacement and you never ran)

You don’t want to be a size 0 do you?
(Sure I do. Those measurements are a 25” waist and 35” hips, but back in the 60s when those WERE my measurements, it was called a size 10. Now a size 10 has a 30” waist and 40” hips)
Source: J C Crew

You look good for your age.
(Thank you, I think)

They’re right about my age. When you qualify for Social Security, Medicare and your 50th HS reunion is one month away, there’s no denying that I’m old.

I regret that it took me so long to get smart and stop listening to the crabs.

However, there’s another helpful proverb – “better late than never.”

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERI-RIFIC 7/13/2014 7:18AM


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KANSASROSE67 7/12/2014 2:09PM

    Excellent blog. We all need to be ready for the "crabs!"

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KANOE10 7/12/2014 9:03AM

    I like your responses to those crab comments. Life will definitely be shorter if we eat whatever we want! I also wish I had learned healthy eating habits earlier and agree..better late than never.

You wrote an excellent blog! As time goes on, I find that I really do not want negative input from others on my healthy life and want to make decisions on my own. (except for the medical profession when needed.)

We might have to be considered crabby when we deal with these food crabs!

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SEABREEZE65 7/12/2014 6:25AM

    I love this blog and the proverb!!!! Thanks for writing and posting it.

I all too often make excuses for not being firmer and fitter. And my DH is ALWAYS telling me to stop worrying about weight - cause I am strong. And sometimes I listen to him instead of sticking with the healthy plan.

Reading this is a VERY GOOD REMINDER for me. Since I will be qualifying for Medicare soon.

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MARYJEANSL 7/12/2014 12:55AM

  Great comeback lines, for sure. I wish I were as quick-witted as you are!

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DOVESEYES 7/11/2014 9:01PM

    Great blog thanks

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ALICIA363 7/11/2014 8:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
for the quality thinking reinforcement!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2014 7:44PM

    This is the second "feisty maintainer" attitude blog among my friends today! Sometimes this is what it takes... sticking up for our choices to be fit and healthy (and having a size 2 pair of jeans on is really rocking my mind). Would have been an 8 just 20 years ago. Probably a 16 in my mother's youth. Size inflation is something we just live with!


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PHOENIX1949 7/11/2014 3:25PM

    emoticon Older and wiser one.

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LINDAKAY228 7/11/2014 3:13PM

    Very interesting. Some I had heard before and some not. I've been hearing about the crabs for years. Interesting the take you had on it.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/11/2014 2:15PM


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KRISZTA11 7/11/2014 1:40PM

    Great blog!
Serious things, but there is a funny side that made me smile : )

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FELINEBETTER 7/11/2014 12:30PM

    Very well said indeed! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 7/11/2014 11:09AM

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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50YEARSAWIFE 7/11/2014 11:06AM

    I loved your post. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/11/2014 10:56AM

    But the crabs do make me smile and reaffirm that I'm on the right track. Great blog.

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NANCYPAT1 7/11/2014 10:20AM

    Great messages

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DR1939 7/11/2014 10:12AM

    Good reminders of the subtle (and not so subtle) put-downs by others. I, too, can remember when size 10 was small.

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PHEBESS 7/11/2014 9:59AM

    Too many people are unhappy with their lives, and they want to make other people as miserable as they are. At least, that's my perception of those crabs.

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    I firmly believe that those who mean well do well. Those of whom it is said "They mean well" show themselves to be sour-grapers.

Comment edited on: 7/11/2014 10:00:09 AM

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