I'm sorry I didn't get a post up yesterday. We wound up spending the whole day running errands 'til I had to work and then I was just pooped.
I did promise you a WINNER for the giveaway though so here we go!
Random number generator says APRIL! E-mail me your mailing address at squatlikealadyATgmailDOTcom =)
Thanks for all the great comments on my post about why we [as a nation] are struggling with obesity. If you guys haven't checked out the comments section over there you definitely should -- some very thought-provoking comments!
I wanted to continue that discussion today, talking about the unrealistic expectations many Americans have when they begin working out.
There is no question that in this day and age, Americans have come to expect things to be done and achieved quickly. Our culture sets us up for this: want pizza? No matter the day or time just call and 20 minutes later you'll be feasting!
Or, heaven forbid you wait that long, Taco Bell's drive-thru is open til 3am or later in most states now.
Fraudulent colleges appeal to this built-in desire for quick results by proclaiming, "Associates degrees in 6 months or less!"
The diet and fitness industry is following suit, with ads for diet pills and supplements claiming tremendous results ("Lose 6 sizes in 2 months!"), and consumers are taking note.
I lurk around, and occasionally post on, the forums at bodybuilding.com, and it seems that every day there are a slew of new posts like "Is 30 lbs in 2 months realistic?"
Normally I'd say, "Whatever, their loss." But the thing is, all this disease -- hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer -- negatively affects society in many ways: the loss of a productive, competitive workforce; the rising cost of healthcare; the personal toll for many of us who know people who have fallen prey to these ailments. So something has got to be done.
I can't think of anything else -- or anything better -- to do than tell those I love the truth about how much time and effort a fit lifestyle takes, but also its rewards and payoffs.
And, ya know, maybe publish a women's magazine that tells the truth.
Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! Drive safe! =)