WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE?
wonderful week well lived. You are a rare and active audience; responsible,
thinking, seeking, concerned and hip to what makes this magnificent
yet sorry world go around. Thanks and congratulations.
look to the vessel in which we live and plan ways to make it stronger,
healthier and more appealing. We sort out ways to rid ourselves
of sluggish, excess bodyfat and build lean and strong muscle. We
do this by eating right, lifting weights, exercise, sports, and
play. We do this with courage and discipline. We're cool. And, it
has been observed that this planning, practice and attention improves
our character, our mind, our mood and general well being. It nurtures
us and nourishes us and brightens our light.
sounds like a arrogant statement of who we are. I believe it is,
instead, a healthy and hopeful comment. It is not unrighteous pride
to note good in oneself and after careful assessment, recognize
its presence, thank God, smile and move on. What a wretched group
we'd be without the hopes, dreams and realities we pursue and share
in these pages. We are a salient remnant of seekers and performers.
Stay alert. We need to help each other so we can help those who
can't help themselves.
young gentlemen, smart and unassuming Europeans, visited our gym
through the month of August. They trained, traveled about, watched
and listened. One day they apologetically commented that there are
a lot of fat people in America. Oh, my. Please, excuse the three-letter
"f" word. They, in their struggle to express themselves
in English, didn't think quickly enough to apply the tolerant, politically
correct verbiage, "overweight," "heavy," or
"weight challenged." How crude of them. Poor fellows.
Then my rugged friend Bob, a popular tournament wrestling coach,
added unhappily with shoulders shrugged, "Americans are soft."
Ouch. These pronouncements were not intended to sting, the nasty
sting having already been inflicted by the unsuspecting subjects
themselves. In fact, quite the opposite effect was conveyed by the
observers, one of pathos, regret and quiet alarm. These weren't
judgements, criticisms or mean put-downs by mean men. These are
with all our skill, talent, awareness, sensitivity, research, progress,
opportunity and vision, are we fat and soft? Is it a social disease?
Can it be laziness, apathy, unwillingness, character-lessness that
has us couched before televisions, slurping and gobbling and stuffing
ourselves with sweet, fatty, processed goop? We're seduced by entertainment,
gaudy distractions, noise and clamor. Are we brainwashed? There's
irony and incongruity in our culture of intelligence, generosity
and beauty - our culture of ignorance, gluttony and self-destruction.
We are so rich, yet so poor. Smart, yet dumb and it's killing
already. Dave, give it a rest." Laree, my neat wife, webmaster
and moderator thinks I get carried away and wants me to go back
to my cage. Here she comes now with a chunk of ginsing root and
a saucer of warm milk. That'll do it.
I go, take heart brothers and sisters. Don't fall, the bottom's
not for us. It's not for anybody.
who's in charge here? Bring in the bulldozers and let's clean up
the mess. No grumbling, no excuses, we've got work to do.
want to lose weight? Cut out the junk, eat more protein, less carbs
and fat, stay hungry and blast the workouts. Move faster. You want
to get huge? Cut out the junk, eat more protein and carbs and fats,
stuff yourself and blast the workouts. Move heavy iron.
don't miss workouts around here. We don't mutter about overtraining,
or pain, or dinky injuries. We push forward, no turning back, no
stopping. The foundations upon which we build need our watchful
eye around the clock. Allow no gaps, deterioration, neglect or procrastination.
Eat, sleep, work, and workout with keen eyes and a knowing grin.
The rest of the time, aspire. And be nice to your mom.
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