5/20/08

Dear Lance,

Vanilla (what’s with me pimping your blog lately?) , thanks to Lucho , posted a wallpaper (which lead me to some others like this) which lead to impure thoughts about you all weekend …which is nothing new…but that’s not why we’re here. I’ve written about my love of you before, and our painful break-up but today, I’m wondering why you used the f-word. I know YOU didn’t use it. The ad company behind these old Nike 10/2 ads did. But really – I have a hard time imagining YOU as a “fat, washed up, ex-professional athlete.” COME ON. I like the message – weighing food is important and it’s what got me to where I am today, it’s what keeps me in check and helps me feel better about myself. Measuring food helps me measure success, but was using the dreaded f-word REALLY necessary? Do we really have to shock people into reality in order to motivate them? Do we have to get them to picture you in the realm of IMPOSSIBILITY in order to get them to put their forks down, get them to lace up their shoes and go out for a run? Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. We all aren’t cut out to be runners and superfanfreaktastic athletes. The food message is great, I give you that but I don’t give a rat’s patootie if you’re 169 or 170 lbs or if you’re wearing the yellow jersey or not. Although, could you start running marathons without a shirt? Thanks so much :P But yeah, you lost me at fat. You don’t drop the f-bomb around people like me. I could go into a rant about you not knowing what it’s like to be fat, yadda, yadda, yadda, but that would sound bitter and trite and then there’d be people on me like flies on crap saying I don’t know what it’s like to be fat because I had never been more than obese, so let’s not go down that slippery slope. But there is something about people using that term, even when overweight people use it. You can use it around your fit friends and laugh and joke, but around someone like me who had poor eating and exercise habits previously and has made HEALTH a priority and tries not to focus on the numbers anymore, well, I just don’t find it helpful. People use it as a put down for themselves when they're feeling sorry, when they're at their lowest point. I don't think you've been there in terms of weight yet. I know you've been through a lot of lows but you've triumphed over your battles. Don't diminish others' struggles by using a negative term in such a blasé way. Sigh. This is why we will never work, Lance. But I’m glad you’re trying to help others and are keeping well. Maybe I'll see you in my dreams tonight :P

5 comments:

Vanilla said...

Thanks for pimping my blog, and for a different perspective on Lance. ;)

Shirls said...

I feel for you Mouse, its hard when your idols let you down

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Seriously, you always make me laugh.

Thanks for your comment on my blog... Being insulted was a first for me and I wasn't quite sure how to handle it, but I've seen you put that smack down more than once... So I figured, if you can do it, well, then so can I.

MizFit said...

ooooh and whats with you gallivanting around Austin with K-Hud?!


oh wait :)

we werent gossiping we were...


M.

Mandy said...

I hear you 100% on the f-word (fat). I cringe when I hear people use it - it's incredibly offensive to me and I consider it a terribly derogatory term. I almost wrote a post on this a few weeks ago, but didn't want to get all kinds of flack in my comments (which happens sometimes, as we both know!!!). So thank you for putting into words what I feel and think.

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