This is an off topic post so if you’re here for the gym stuff, come on back and see me tomorrow!
For the Black Lives Matter Protesters and Supporters
Useful Idiot is a term that you may or may not be familiar with. It’s use is often attributed to Vladimir Lenin. Regardless of it’s actual point of origin, it’s used to describe people who function as tools in a cause whose ultimate goals they are blind to and whose leaders hold them in contempt while simultaneously using them for their own ends. In the case of Black Lives Matter, it describes a purposeful manipulation of emotion and a spoonfeeding of propaganda on the part of the more powerful leaders that is taken up by the street level protestors or “marks” as truth.
You see, they are using you, my friends. They’re using you as attack dogs to help in their desire to create chaos and disorder. What kind of leaders willfully try to set people against each other? Those who want to replace what once existed with something new. In this case, that means enemies of America who want to “fundamentally transform” her. When things are chaotic, when the public is upset, when groups are running around calling implicitly and explicitly for violence they get what they want…a general population longing for a return to order, safety and increased security.
That order, safety and increased security translates into expanded government control. It means the people will more willingly give up their freedoms and privacy so that they may feel safe. Citizens will allow the government to overreach in ways they would normally reject out of hand. Setting people against each other is simply a tactic.
Few of those encouraging you care one whit about identifying or addressing the real causes of problems in the black community. That’s why they remain silent when young, black men shoot and kill each other in major cities, every single weekend, in staggering numbers. Have you noticed that those black lives don’t matter? Nobody reports on it, nobody marches or chants to bring “awareness” to the carnage, no government official condemns it, they just allow the bloody bodies to be carted off; out of sight, out of mind and keep talking about how WHITE people (police in particular) are racist and therefore dangerous to black people. The thousands of young, black men dying at the hands of other young, black men don’t matter to them one bit.
Only certain black lives matter…the ones the government/media complex can plug-and-play into the storyline they wish to promote, the ones that will stoke discord and create unrest. The ones that will pit black against white people.
Social cohesion is the enemy of “transformation.” Our citizens will reject losses of personal freedom and increased government meddling and control as long as things are going well. Social (and economic) chaos is the goal because it eventually brings calls for order. The government will position themselves as the solution when they step in with the permission of a weary, psychologically battered and confused population to impose the requested order. What comes next is a predictable and historically repetitive repression of the population “for their own good.” They purposely encourage the problem in order to solve the problem in a way that causes the people to willingly cede their power.
My friends, they have you marching in the streets, calling for violence against your fellow citizens, spewing vile, hateful, divisive rhetoric. They have you encouraging mayhem, murder and screeching for a race war you cannot win. They have you rejecting the very people who wade into urban pockets of criminality and try to keep the innocent from being preyed upon. Without them, those same communities will be completely swallowed up by the violent. The result will only be more misery, more despair.
I can promise you one thing. Nothing you’re doing will improve the lives of black people. It can only further deteriorate the cause of peace and true justice. They have you working against your own interests and doing it with great vigor.
While you are useful to them, you will be allowed to continue stirring the pot. When they are done with you, you’ll be discarded without a second thought; no more print coverage, no more spots on the nightly news, no more understanding murmurings coming from those government officials you think have real sympathy with your cause. If you dare to keep it up after your Use By date, they will crush you without mercy.
Stop what you’re doing, take a pause and look back into world history. You will see that this is nothing new. It’s been done time and time again to lessen the power that people have to affect their own destiny and to deliver more power into the hands of the ruling class. I assure you, THEY know history. They are functioning as puppet masters, pulling strings and fomenting unrest to chip away at the bedrock of your liberty.
Your future could and should be bright. The opportunities and possibilities this country traditionally offers her citizens exist in no other place on this earth. A better life won’t be bestowed by the government (that’s the dangerous lure of socialism and the sweet song of fascism) but it can be achieved. Your actions are a rejection of the very order that allows upward social and economic movement in America. You’re helping the ruling class wrest the possibility for advancement from you in your improperly focused efforts. You’re helping them close the door on the possibility of a prosperous future for yourself and for the rest of your countrymen.
Black people and white people in America are in the same boat. Like it or not our fortunes and future are intertwined. We must not allow ourselves to be moved around the board like chess pieces in a wicked game. We must resist becoming useful idiots; misguided and energetic fools, complicit in our own destruction.
Sometimes you just feel blue and then that little voice in your head starts gaining volume. You know the voice I’m talking about. It’s the one that tells you it’s fine to skip your workout, especially since you’re not feeling good. My rotten little voice then goes on to tempt me with potato chips.
She starts saying things like this…
“Since you’re not feeling very cheery, you should just take it easy today. Not only that, you should eat some chips because that’s something you like and it’ll make you feel better. Rest and chips…that’s the ticket. You’ll soon feel much better.”
She lies. I know she lies because when I give in to her, I hardly ever feel any better. Not only that I almost always end up feeling worse. When I push myself and just go do something…a little lifting or a little cardio I inevitably end my exercise session feeling significantly better.
This phenomena isn’t just unique to me, it’s a known fact that exercise improves mood.
The upshot of it is, if you’re feeling a little out of sorts, don’t use it as an excuse to skip your workout. You’re almost always going to feel much better once you’re done.
Besides, you might as well be sad with a nice physique rather than sad AND out of shape!
That’s right, diets can be very hard. I don’t want to diet…ever…and you probably don’t either. That’s why it’s in your best interest to stay within reasonable range of what you like to see when you look in the mirror. There’s really no reason to stray more than a few pounds of where you’re most comfortable. Gorging yourself with lots of calories over an extended period of time may seem like great fun but if you care what it does to your physique, it’s just not worth the result. You have to work much harder to take lots of pounds off, and exert a lot more self-control than if you just made small adjustments on a daily basis.
I call it doing the “tiny things.” For me that means forgoing salad dressing. I don’t like it that much so it’s an easy thing to give up. As far as I’m concerned salad tastes good without it, especially if you add a little shredded carrot. One tiny thing like not putting dressing on my daily salad goes a long way. When I eat pie, which is pretty rare, I know that the part I really like is the crust. Therefore, I get a normal sized slice, cut off a bit of the tip and squeeze some of the filling out. I give that part to someone else (I never lack for volunteers) and eat my slice with less filling. It still tastes delicious and I get my treat but I eat a little less of the part I’m not as fond of. It’s a tiny thing but it’s still significant. If I want a baked potato and I have a choice, I’ll take the smaller one. If I want potato chips, I buy a little lunch-sized bag instead of trying to handle self-serve out of a big bag (portion control tends to go out the window when I’m faced with an abundance of delicious chips).
All the tiny things add up over the long run. Once you make it a point to look for places to cut out calories that you won’t even miss, you’ll find lots of places to do just that. It’s not hard to do, you don’t suffer at all and it’s a heck of a lot easier than letting your physique get so out of hand that you have to try a more traditional (and much more difficult to stick to) diet plan.
So yes…getting a cupcake WITHOUT extra sprinkles is actually a good idea!
For those who fought beneath her…one of my favorites…
Ragged Old Flag
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.
I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”.
I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it”.
He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing “Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag
“On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home
in her own good land here She’s been abused,
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,
But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.
“So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”
Lyrics by Johnny Cash
This is a silly meme but it actually does contain a relevant message, particularly for women. I hear women say they want a tight, toned body all the time but that they don’t want to lift weights for fear of looking “bulky” or “too muscular” or “like a man.” I always assure them that isn’t going to happen. In order to really put on enough mass to look that way, they’d have to pursue a very purposeful, properly designed, mass-building, lifting and nutritional program. It definitely won’t happen by mistake!
A toned female body IS a muscular body. They are one and the same. You can lift to your heart’s content and unless you mean to pack on mass that will give you the physique of a bodybuilder, physique competitor or even a professional bikini competitor, you won’t. Contrary to what they think, It’s very hard to do. It requires intentionality that they clearly don’t have.
I happen to like a more-than-just-toned female physique. I guess that’s why I’ve spent so many hours/months/years in the gym actively trying to add those lovely (big) muscular curves I love so much. Even with supreme effort, I’ve never been able to pack on or maintain as much mass as I’d like. That’s how I know that it’s not going to just happen because a woman dares touch the iron. Plenty of women lift a lot and end up with a nice, jiggle free, toned physique as a reward.
I’ve come to the conclusion that most of the time, when women say they don’t lift because they just want to be toned but not bulky, it’s really because they don’t want to put in any hard work. Lifting looks like hard work (and it is) but it’s the best, fastest way to get toned that I know.