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Don't Need No ^$*&^(@ Needles! (I Know)

Sunday, October 06, 2013

So apparently in Britain researchers have found a gene that causes a predisposition to overeat. Ripped from the headlines, read all about it here:

At a first glance, this makes sense. We all know people who eat "fattening" foods with reckless abandon and stay skinny despite perhaps only moderate exercise. More than a few of us have felt that life is unfair. I put myself in the category of gaining a couple of pounds merely THINKING about (say) pizza. It's always been that way for me, and for better or worse I am used to this elemental genetic unfairness.

It would be all to easy to blame my parents, Uncle Sidney, whomever in my ancestry for my near-lifetime of obesity. And to give up, as one cannot (yet) change one's own genetic makeup. Maybe its even genetic that some of us enjoy hit-fat, high-salt or excessively sweet foods more than others. Certainly evolution has hard-wired into all of our brains to eat heartily while food is available because it might not be in the future.

Obviously, in the East African Rift Valley of 2,000,000 years ago, there was not a Royal Farm selling their aromatic fried chicken every few miles along the trek to modernity. Certainly the Fertile Crescent was not dotted with Starbucks, selling our loin-cloth clad forbears Cappuccino Macchiatos. So while we are hard-wired to munch on camel jerky until the caravan is pulling out of the oasis, I refuse to accept this as our unalterable fate. This is not an excuse for backsliding, for quitting, or for giving up.

Ahem Brits and your genetic testing, we Americans don't need it anymore than we needed taxation without representation. My view is to hell with genetic obesity testing. I don't need no ^$*&^(@ needles, for a genetic test, to tell me I am obese and need to lose weight. I don't need blood-work to tell me that my family has the "fat gene."

Dealing with it remains my challenge to deal with every day, at every meal. Usually, since joining Spark, I win that challenge, one calorie at a time and one pound at a time. Sometimes, because humans (myself as prime example) are inherently stupid, reckless and prone to insanity (making the same bad food choices over and over, and expecting a differing result), we backslide.

(Hey, fellow backsliding Sparky reading this - get back on the horse. There is no "i" in Quttng or in Gvng Up!) We can and do have self-determination. For us, so much sweeter the reward (in the non-food sense of "sweet") when we achieve and maintain goals (even the modest intermediate ones).

In the enlightened era of the 21st century, we choose what and how much we eat and drink (societal pressure and economic means aside). And last night, when my strapping 15-year old son and I had "Boys Night Out" and we visited a local Sports Bar to watch the American League Division Series, with enlightened cognizance I ate and drank too much unhealthy food. Not because I'm genetically hard-wired to do so, or because I felt obligated to order a lot after cajoling the manager to put the National Pastime on the big screen rather than (ugh) college football, but because I was a stupidly, bad Sparky.

The baseball gods continued to exact their laughable revenge on me, of course. Both American League teams I have temporarily adopted, lost last night. Tampa Bay and Detroit lost their games. Baseball is the perfect sport, as the losing teams pick themselves off, dust themselves off and play again today. Just like me....

Make it a better Sparky day today. As for me, I will (genetics or not).
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    It's amazing how many trigger foods I have to leave behind. If I started on one, I couldn't stop.
    2455 days ago
    So true - as usual. It doesn't matter whether I make poor food and no exercise choices because of my family situation, bad teams, good teams, or what - poor decisions I make are still my own poor decisions...
    2462 days ago
    yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

    Bil Keane
    Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow.
    ― “You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?”
    ― Dr. Seuss

    we are not perfect we are human and remember we did not not get over weight with one fun meal you ate you enjoyed and are back sparking.
    2463 days ago
    Good one! The whole thing made me laugh on a chilly morning. What does genetics have to do with those baseball teams??? Descendants of Babe Ruth?? You sound like a great funny guy to hang with!
    2465 days ago
    On another topic, what happened to our Orange and Black World Series, and who cares about the post season now? Hell will be Oakland v. Dodgers. I shudder thinking about it... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2466 days ago
    "Genetics or not".... emoticon slogan.

    And yes indeed, it does seem to me that regardless of my genetics, I do have some input into the mix. My endocrinologist would never let me get away with a high HbA1C based on my mean old genes that gave me juvenile diabetes.

    emoticon , Boss.
    2467 days ago
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    I love this. I think people have the tendency to blame their genetics for things that can be controlled. I did it for years. But the truth is MY choices caused MY weight gain and MY unhealthiness.

    Fist pump!
    2467 days ago
    You are welcome to jump on the Dodger bandwagon and ride with us to the World Series & watch us be crowned champions!! emoticon
    2468 days ago
    Great blog! I suppose some people feel empowered knowig things but the bottom line for me is I was obese, I had diabetes and I had hypertension . Had to tackle all 3 and didn't really matter so much HOW it happened but that it DID!

    2469 days ago
    Some of us (me) were designed to carry buckets of water (or milk, or firewood) across the frozen tundra of Poland and Russia. Years of natural selection developed the perfect body type for long distance schlepping, which requires strength and endurance and zero speed.

    And yes, we pretty much fight that biogenetic engineering every day.

    But hey, those genes indeed give us intelligence, wit, curiosity about life, and a sense of fun.

    So, what can we do but keep on keeping on.
    2469 days ago
    A bad decision? Having a fun night out with your son is NOT a bad decision. Eating and drinking bar food in a bar is NOT a bad decision as long as your bar visits are not a regular thing.
    Cheering against the Red Sox last night ... okay, you made a bad decision on that one. Keep on moving forward, one night out is NOT a backslide or a reason to seek revenge on the family tree.
    2469 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    emoticon Your blogs always get me thinking. Thank you!
    2469 days ago
    emoticon I hit my goal, maintained for 30+ weeks and now I am up 5 pounds. emoticon Started to enjoy those Magnum Bars because I lost the weight and I could have a treat. Forgot about the moderation rule. Lesson learned.
    2469 days ago
    I'm betting that the same genetics that made you (and me, and me) prone to gaining weight are (in your case at least) responsible for your sparkling wit and resilience and determination and . . . that dark hair, still thick because yeah I read your top five BEFORE you redacted 'em, yes I did ha ha ha.

    So: would you swap out your brains for a skinny metabolism????
    2469 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I wonder what the ratio of wininng teams is to bad choices... I live 110 miles north of Detroit, that explains a L*O*T*! emoticon emoticon
    2469 days ago
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