So, I'm in the gym today...the way I normally am on Monday morning. And the radio is on, as it usually is. I don't typically pay much attention to the radio; it is just background noise, a little company since I'm normally in the gym alone. Not a lot of people willing to be up at 5 AM to work out. Weird, I know. So anyway, a commercial comes on the radio for some new diet pill.
Can I just say for the record---the only way to lose weight and be healthy is through diet and exercise. There is no magic fucking pill that will make you thin and beautiful. There just isn't.
I get that people are gullible. Hell, most advertising campaigns bank on that fact. But come on, all these supposedly desperate, overweight individuals cannot keep deluding themselves forever...can they? Apparently they can.
So many of them start their testimonials with, "I've tried everything and nothing works." Really, you tried everything? Hunh. Evidently everything doesn't include just taking a walk on a daily basis and backing away from the table without eating enough to feed three people. Apparently trying everything doesn't include avoiding fast food, or working up a sweat now and again.
I get how hard it is to lose weight. Believe me, this I understand. Not like rousting my ass out of bed at five am is easy. It would be a hell of a lot easier to just stay under my nice warm blankets, especially when it's all of ten degrees outside. But really, it's not that damn hard. And it certainly costs less than another bottle of pills or a workout machine that will only serve as a towel rack and a workout DVD that the shrink wrap seal will never be broken on.
I'm tired of all the ads about magic pills and miracle diets and mythical workout routines that will not leave you sweaty and tired. Jesus, people. If you really want to slim down, get in shape, feel good about yourself, and all the other bullshit the ads claim they can give you---suck it up and do it the right way. Push yourselves a little and quit expecting the weight to just melt away.
If any part of my body ever started to melt...this is not cause for joy. I'd be dialing 911 in a fucking panic. Just staying.
I get there are genuine physical limitations---bad knees, bad hips, bad heart---that could keep someone from undertaking strenuous exercise. But really, most of the people you see and hear on these commercials, they don't have those problems. They aren't suffering from anything that would make it impossible to take a yoga class, ride a bike or just take a walk other than being outright lazy.
And I don't think everyone on the planet needs to be a size 3 to be attractive. But I do think that anyone who can't go up one flight of stairs without sounding like they are having an asthma attack should consider some serious reevaluation of their lifestyle.
Okay, I'm done ranting now.