The dangerous, well intentioned lies we tell…

Disclaimer: my fitness history can be described by this: I played sports in high school, was a “workout bro” as a young man (best 10K was 39:50 (at 195 lb. body weight), best bench was 310, (at 230 lb.). then ballooned to 320 lbs in my early 30’s, lost it and became an “old workout bro” as an older guy…got back to 41:30 for 10k and 225+ in my late 30’ 56-57 min for the 10K, 200 lb. for the bench at a body weight of 188.

That is, I know what is like to be very fat and to try to work out as a very fat person. My waist was up to size 52, I could not do a single pull up and it took me 36 minutes to walk 2 miles (3.2 km) when I was walking as hard as I could.

Yes, I kept working out anyway (and yes, got some “fat-ass” cat-calls). I didn’t like it but it didn’t stop me.

So, I approve of fat people working out and there is nothing wrong with a company making workout clothes for the obese.

And there is nothing wrong with giving obese people honest, heart-felt encouragement.

But I will NOT lie.

And so, we have this post:

Yet the new Nike mannequin is not size 12, which is healthy, or even 16 – a hefty weight, yes, but not one to kill a woman. She is immense, gargantuan, vast. She heaves with fat. She is, in every measure, obese, and she is not readying herself for a run in her shiny Nike gear. She cannot run. She is, more likely, pre-diabetic and on her way to a hip replacement. […]

The fat-acceptance movement, which says that any weight is healthy if it is yours, is no friend to women, even if it does seem to have found a friend in Nike. It may, instead, kill them, and that is rather worse than feeling sad. Fat-acceptance is an artifice of denial – they are fat because they do not accept themselves – and a typically modern solution to a problem, if you are a narcissist. It says: there is no problem. Or if there is, it’s yours, not mine. As soothing as that may be to hear, your organs and your skeleton will not agree. […]

The facts are obvious. Stay that weight and you will be an old woman in your 50s. The obese Nike athlete is just another lie.

I agree.

Yes, being obese shouldn’t stop you from trying and shame on those who lampoon obese people who try to work out. But that is just the start of the journey…not the end or even halfway.

OF COURSE, the article I linked to lead to cries of …FAT PHOBIA.


Note: she “ran” 6:04 as someone in the 18-39 age group (according to the London Marathon “search results” application). That might be ok for someone in their late 50’s early 60’s (yes, I walked a 6:14 last fall..100 percent walking) but hardly running…and wait until she reaches her 50’s.

Yes, yes, much better than staying on the couch but it hardly rebuts the original post.

I see it this way. Consider a marathon. You need to get to mile 5 before you get to mile 15, and 15 before you get to 21, and 21 before you get to the 26.2 finish. There is no denying that. And yes, it is fine to say “good job” at mile 5, but it is wrong, wrong, wrong to act as if they have arrived when they got to that point.

And obesity can harm one’s health, degrade one’s quality of life and, yes, kill. I’ve had two friends, a relative and a favorite professor die at least indirectly because of it.

Oh Uncle Joe

I like Joe Biden. And yes, he speaks with a warmth that others do not have. But, at times…his precision is lacking.

Ok, he is a human gaffe machine. Latest example:

The former vice-president, whose son died of brain cancer in 2015, told supporters on Tuesday: “I promise you if I’m elected president you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America. We’re going to cure cancer.”

His words were met with cheers and applause at the event in the city of Ottumwa.

I know, I know…this was a statement that was meant metaphorically as in “this is the type of thing we are going to focus on” and by no means a promise to “cure cancer” (which, in and of itself, a nonsensical phrase).

And he’d be running against Trump who outright lies all of the time.

Still..if he is our nominee I’d better stock up on antacid tablets ’cause he is going to give me some serious heartburn.

Inequality among fans (though….)

Workout notes: weights only; about .5 miles of walk/jog to loosen the knees for knee stretches. Backed off of squats (kept it VERY light due to light soreness.

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, 1 set of 5, good quality), 10 x 135 bench, 10 x 135 incline, 7 x 170 decline, military (standing) dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 15 x 40. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Plank, crow, headstand..all went ok.

Weight: 189; bloated from soup and TMI…

Fans at big league sports: yes, teams really don’t care about those upper deck tickets:

Those Fan Experience surveys that rate stadiums on how well they cater to the average fan are missing the point: Nobody cares about the average fan. Industry estimates show that 70 to 80 percent of ticket revenue comes from the first 15 to 20 rows, and the industry trend is to limit capacity in order to maximize the money from the premium spots.The rich dudes (and they’re almost always dudes, of course) down low are where the real money is made.

The new Los Angeles football stadium is selling its most exclusive stadium-seat licenses for $100,000 a seat, which gives you access to your own clubhouse that no one else in the stadium can even see inside. The University of Georgia just announced that it will sell alcohol at its football games … but only to fans who give the university $25,000. (Even with that, you can only drink the booze in a specific section that does not have views of the field.) Yankee Stadium was constructed with a concrete moat built in to separate the fat cats from the outer-borough riffraff; the only way to get from the upper deck to those lower-level seats is to jump. The industry term is “social gathering space.”

The incident that generated the article is the one in which a rich fan actually SHOVED an NBA player who was going after a loose ball (we are not talking about a defensive action but someone who was well away from him). This was “entitlement” personified.

And ..this is why the Bears aren’t going to care about the super crowded concourses or the “impossible to get to bathrooms” that those in non-luxury boxes have to use. And no, “United Club/Media Deck” is not “premium” …not bad seats and not bad amenities and I like ’em, but..well, those are NOT “rich people” seats.

Disclaimer: I think that the Colts do a good job catering to the “average fan”; Lucas Oil Stadium offers plenty of bathrooms, concessions, good access…better place to watch a game, I think.

And..this is one reason I love going to Peoria Chiefs games. Yes, it is the minors. Yes, there is no snob appeal anywhere, at all. You get a good view of decent quality baseball ..ok, food options are limited and a bit pricey for this level, but needless to say, I have a good time at their games.

I can recommend minor league games without reservation.