Monday, October 8, 2012

Come Monday...A Fellow Fatso

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

My first impression of this was that she was way overreacting to what was really not a bullying situation.  For I took his email as a sincere attempt to get her to stop being so okay with her appearance.

A close examination of what she says gives some indications that his concerns are justified.  Did you catch her qualifying her acknowledgement of being overweight by saying, “First, the truth is that I am overweight.  You could call me fat, and yes, even obese ON A DOCTOR’S CHART (starting at around the 1:37 mark of the video)?  Another indication occurred around the 2:38 mark: “And that man’s words mean nothing to me.”

Alas, a war against obesity has been declared by many public health officials, and they are taking the fight way too far to the detriment of us all.  For it costs taxpayer dollars to enforce such idiotic rules as restricting the size of sugary soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces and menus having to include how many calories and fat each item has—not to mention drastically changing school lunch menus, which will undoubtedly result in literally tons of food having to be thrown out on account of most kids simply refusing to eat it.

Besides, which “scientific” study do we take as gospel this week?  For as soon as one comes out that claims that a certain amount of salt will lead to babies being born with too much ear hair within three generations, another will come out and claim that the amount stated in the other study is perfectly safe and even recommended!

There is, however, another side that I do believe that Lvingston’s emailer was trying to address.  For as hard as the food Nazis are pushing their healthy eating agenda, many are pushing back just as hard by claiming that we should all be comfortable in our own skins.

No, I am not at all suggesting that someone like Jennifer Livingston should not be placed in the public eye, but she could have done so much more good by just explaining that she has been trying to slim down (like she did [here]) instead becoming so defiant.

Be assured that I do not take any of this lightly.  You see, that is a picture of me that was taken a few years back, and even though I am around a hundred pounds skinnier (insert chuckle here over me using the word “skinnier”) now, I am still deeply ashamed of my physical appearance.

It is something that I have had to live with my entire natural life.  For our Heavenly Father saw fit to create me with an extremely slow metabolism, and if I would try to eat like a normal person, I would surely explode!

No, it is not fair.  For while I could gain five pounds just thinking about devouring a slab of ribs, my brother could eat six very full meals a day and lose weight while I was actually being much more physically active than him, in regards to hauling hay, cutting firewood, building fence and a host of other everyday activities on top of lifting weights and generally exercising like crazy.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

Yes, there is another side to this issue that should be addressed.  For it is being preached from some pulpits that being fat is a sin that just might land an unrepentant chunky-butt in Hell for all of eternity.

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.  That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

No, 1 Timothy 4:7-10 is not a contradiction of 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.  For what the Apostle Paul was given to convey to the church in Corinth was specifically addressing the fact that some members of that church saw nothing wrong with participating in drunken debauchery, and it is meant to give us all written confirmation of the absolute truth of the matter truly being that our Heavenly Father considers such conduct abominable.

More importantly, let us focus on the fact that it is good for us to want to keep our physical bodies as healthy as possible, but it is not as important as wanting to become as close to our Heavenly Father as He will allow and enable us to be.  For this is what that part about training himself (Timothy) in godliness is talking about—be assured.  For it is also written: Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed (my suggestions), so now, not only (with the enthusiasm you would show) in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).  (Not in your own strength) for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.  [Philippians 2:12-13 AMP]

Be assured that we can get much, much closer to our Heavenly Father than what most have been led to believe, and it is when someone truly is in a very close and personal relationship with Him that they can be confident of truly being pleasing in His sight.  For instead of making assumptions based upon their own understanding, He will actually tell them what is what, and being pleasing in His sight is a lot more important than looking good in front of a television camera.

Oh, and while we are on this subject, be assured that there is another matter that should not be ignored.  For pride goeth before destruction [Proverbs 16:18], and one of the proudest moments of my generally miserable life was when the drop-dead gorgeous wife of a neighbor came over to the place I had before I met Arlynda to see about renting some pasture while I was out on the truck and I saw her mouth actually flop wide open as I came around the corner of the house with my shirt off.  I also heard her mumble something about my body, and I just shrugged it off in a very manly man way by replying that I had lost some weight since the last time she had seen me when it was much more than that.  For I was still ingesting ephedrine pills by the handfuls, and aside from them allowing me (naturally-speaking, of course) to drive between Salinas (California) and Buffalo (New York) and back without a wink of sleep at least once a week, which is around 6,000 miles round-trip  taking the southern route, ephedrine worked like an anabolic steroid in my system, which gave my muscles muscles.  You can read all about it in the later chapters of [The Crackerhead Chronicles], starting with [The Sixteenth Crumb (Chicken-Haulin’)].

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  1. I did see her - and I admit it was a little over reactive. What I loved was that her husband was there and loved her in spite of it all.

  2. Yes, I saw her and had the exact feelings about what she said as well. Really, did she think we would jump on the band wagon and all rally to become way over weight, just because someone sat up and said hey wait a minute. The thing is this (to me) bottom line, what about the children? What??? But our children of today are so darn impressionable. Hey I see it on tv every day mom. She's got a great job, and hey she eats whatever. So yeah, like what ever MOM! I know we (most of us) do as we see others do, and we can change who and what we do by who we hang around with. So yeah, I was kind of scared of who my children hung around with, but it's more than that. To stand up and battle against that emailer, no way. We all get stuff in our face from time to time. We must live with it. But also think about what someone said to us. I do. Once a dear, dear friend of mine caught me by surprise. We were talking about a garage sale and I said, They tried to Jew me down. Oops, what a most horrible insult that was to her. I'd heard it a thousand and more times, and still do. But those words sliced through my friend, and I won't say that ever again. Yes if we are out there marketing ourselves in any form, and we make contact with other living souls.... we need to set the best example and be kind. A great post-and more power to you my friend!

  3. I thought that woman over reacted as well. The original email was far from bullying. The follow-up email was also well within the limits of civilized discourse. I think protestations like hers diminish the real issue of bullying. She did no one any good with her little diatribe...

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandie!!! Yes, as he should.

  5. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Karen!!! Alas, it wasn't until after our Heavenly Father gave me a clue when I was well into my 30s that I came to realize just what "Jewing" someone down on the price of something was really saying. For it was an expression that my dad used all of the time. Be assured that he never meant it as a racial slur, but I can certainly understand how a Jew could take great offense to it. I hope Jennifer gets a clue.

  6. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! Maybe you should give her a taste of what bullying in the Bronx is like? (LOL?)

  7. Portion sizes in the US are wildly oversized and there is a growing number of overweight people in the Western world. You can't blame people for trying to deal with this.

  8. No LOL honey - bullying is a serious issue and I have no idea what bullying in the Bronx would look like. Even tho I was a perfect target for bullying - fat, ugly, smart - no one ever did - not in the Bronx or Queens...Kinder, gentler times? Who knows...

  9. Yeah, I would say she over reacted but I can also understand what she's saying to a point. When it comes to weight issues it isn't all just black and white. I do think that there is far too much pressure on younger people to be thin though which in far too many cases pushes things to the extreme.

  10. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Tony!!! Yes, I actually can. For one can get something smaller from the menu, and if it so happens that even that is too much, it can always be saved for later. Of course, there is also the possibility of not eating at all!

  11. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! It was a very pleasant surprise to me to find that most of the people I actually had direct dealings with in the five boroughs were actually rather nice to me--even when they really didn't have to be for professional reasons.

  12. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! It is for this reason that I said that she would have done so much more good just saying what she did in the Good Morning America interview that I provided a link to than becoming so defiant in the broadcast video that went viral. Of course, if she had conducted herself with some civility, very few would have cared much about anything that she may have to say.


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