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Everything's Relative, and Relatively Speaking, I'm Doing Dandy

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Everything's Relative, and Relatively Speaking, I'm Doing Dandy

2013-04-21 (Last Updated 2013-04-21, v4)

Dr Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham is an icon in sales classes, in many corporations. The "logic" goes 'Sam can sell green eggs and ham despite the obvious shortcomings of his product, and his customer's disinclination to try the product!' He does so by (a) extolling its virtues (such as they are), (b) being persistent, (c) being cheerful, and (d) not taking no for an answer.

While green eggs and ham may not be your cup of tea, or mine, there are worse things than eating food (that is safe) that you don't like to eat. I was reminded of this relativism, this morning.

The morning started out great. My morning abs and stretching exercises went well. I had seemed to have recovered from the aching in my back that has plagued me the last few days. Then, I got on the scale, and found that I had lost well over 2 pounds which put me almost on track to averaging 1 pound a week since I joined SP -- which was the goal that SP assigned me, and NOT one I would have picked for myself. (My personal belief is that SP overemphasizes short-term goals.) MY only goal has been to lose weight every week, while consistently staying on program. (On SP, for me, the ultimate arbiter of "staying on program" is the calorie differential across time.)

So, I was elated when I stepped on my treadmill to do my morning walk. Then, "things headed south!" I couldn't get the speed up over 1.1 MPH, without my lower back/hips aching, and the longer I walked, the worse they ached. As I walked (grimly), I watched TV, as I always do. Usually, I watch dramas and comedies I have prerecorded. This morning I decided to watch the news. Most of the news channels are from Boston, or cater to people who live in New Hampshire, and work in Boston. Southern NH (which has about 2/3rds of NH population) is largely a small (by Midwest and West standards) suburb of Boston. ("Boston" itself is a relatively small city, but Metro Boston is generally regarded as Eastern MA, which is also where the bulk of the MA population resides.)

Anyway, the news was filled with stories and individuals' self-proclaimed defiance of the threats the Marathon or any future terrorists have/would impose/d. All I could think of while all this exuberance was being displayed, was (a) how the families of those who had lost loved ones felt, and (b) how Frank Bauman, a 27 year-old man who lost both legs feels about the threat. When I was 27, I had a stroke (symptomatic but undiagnosed at the time because of the lack of MRI technology). While that was a setback, I went on, within a year, to playing basketball, racquetball, handball, and running. Many, or all those activities may be out of the question for Mr. Bauman.

Between the pain in my back, and the depressing message that I was getting from the TV, I bagged my morning walk after 14.5 minutes.

This afternoon, however, I had a good ride on the stationary recumbent, and did over a half hour each of abs, and stretching.

All in all I'm dandy.

But ... I'll still pass on the green eggs and ham.

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  • KATI5668
    Yep got ya on the news taking the air outta your tires...
    add to the just the aches & such of the day...
    easy to fall into the

    Poor pitiful me trap ..huh!!

    So glad you climbed on outta there & turned it around!

    1822 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I hear you there
    1822 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/22/2013 8:46:24 PM
  • 23KAIYA
    Awesome glop Lee, thank you for sharing. emoticon
    1822 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Yikes, that pic of the green eggs and ham--not sure I could buy those no matter how hard they were sold, lol. But I hear you about the media coverage because I was on the treadmill a day ago and was listening to it all. Had to turn it off and felt depressed the rest of the day. Glad you got a workout in, though!
    1822 days ago
    I agree about the news coverage. It's very inappropriate. Even GMA was showing trashy content. They should have known better. This isn't about cheer-leading our favorite teams. Innocent people lost their lives and other lives have been changed forever. It's time for prayer and contemplation. Increased attention to security.
    1823 days ago
  • DARLY55
    I know what you mean,Lee. Many people are far worse off than I will ever be, so I do not complain about any minor aches and pains I get. I am very lucky to be sure.
    I applaud your doing what you can to improve your body, even if you have to make a game change. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1823 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Careful, there... Sometimes "no pain, no gain" makes no sense.... If you can ride the bike without hurting your back, why walk for exercise if you know it hurts?

    1823 days ago
    I am still hoping to get as little as ten min on my treadmill before I head for bed so today's not a total wash.
    When my son was little I made Green eggs, scrambled, and green ham for him shortly after we read the book. I am still amazed at the wondrous look on his face. And he ate it.
    Good blog!! I enjoyed it.
    1823 days ago
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