Eat, Consume, Relax: A Guide to Normalcy

Living awesome is so exhausting… Mountain summits for breakfast? 100 mile runs on vacation? I’m going on a run babe, see you tomorrow? How did my life come to this? If ultrarunning and endurance sports are as good as I believe them to be, how come there are so few of us living this epic life?  Some days I wonder what it’s like to be a “normal” person. I mean…I see normal people sometimes.  I see them when I’m driving to the trail head or at the grocery store mostly.  I see lots of normal people at Walmart. To make it easy on myself, I have lumped “normal” people into their own coterie. They smoke cigarettes, eat deep fried food, and spend lots of money they don’t have. When it comes to understanding each another, they don’t understand my world any better than I understand theirs. I think the human species may be, in fact, splitting into two different branches…

This is a crucial time in human history friends.  In evolutionary times, the survival of the fittest meant that traits such as endurance, adaptation, team work, physical prowess, and/or intelligence allowed the “strongest” to survive. It seems, this idea of being strong, fit, or adaptive is long by the wayside. Demonstrated so beautifully in the Disney classic, “Wall-E”, many humans are headed for a life where they’re ultimate goal is do live each day without doing anything. With every apparent need met, they sit peacefully and drink soda between giant meals. The good life!

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Screen shot from Disney’s Wall-E, where humans have finally destroyed the earth and now live in space where their every physical need is met without any effort at all.

Well, I’m going out on a limb here. I propose we leave some bread crumbs for the future paleontologists who will be searching the digital records for the moment in history when modern humans spit into two distinct categories. If I’m correct, we are at that point right about now. OK, we may very well be at the crux of this split. In an effort to help any of you out there who want to go back down the road and get on the regular bus…here are a few tips about how to live a normal life. The last thing I would ever want is for someone to be forced into a life of exhausting endurance sports where everyone runs, rides, or climbs all day long. For those of you who want to go back to normalcy, remember it’s as easy as “Eat, Consume, Relax!”

 Eat!

Eat all kinds of crap. It’s not about being full or satisfied. You have to get food all wrapped up in your emotions. I’m not totally sure how to do that, but I have seen some daytime shows and I think it involves eating at night when everyone is asleep. That’s a good place to start. Just eat food, preferably processed food with lots of sugar and artificial color. Go for bagged foods or boxed meals. You can do it.

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When the waitress hands you the bill and says, “Did you save any room for dessert?” Order that cheesecake.  Eat until you pass out because that’s the normal way. Then thrown down your credit card and burp. You only live once. The only thing that will make you feel better is food so don’t stray from your destiny. You were born to eat, consume, and relax. Enjoy life!

 Consume!

Drive everywhere and make sure you have a giant SUV. Drive to the store to buy more food. Then circle around the parking lot and don’t settle for anything less than the closest parking spot to the front door. (You don’t want to exercise any more than you have to.)

When you get inside the store, find the electric cart and put your Big Gulp in the drink holder. Take that puppy straight to the soda aisle…Dr. Pepper is on sale. Load that basket up with all the good stuff. Make sure you get bacon and ice cream. If they ask if you want help loading your car, I’m sure you’ll know what to say. You might want to smoke a cigarette before you leave the parking lot.

Buy stuff. Buy cheap plastic shit online and over the phone. Have it sent right to your house and leave it in the box until you completely forget what it is. Then, when you do eventually open it, it will be an amazing surprise. Celebrate consumption. It’s your duty. If you don’t like it, throw it in the trash or your front yard.

Make money. You need lots of money to be happy so do whatever it takes to accumulate money, or at least, make it look like you have plenty of it.  You can do it the old fashioned way and work for a living or, perhaps you can marry a rich person or inherit wealth from you hard working family. At all costs, exude a sense of entitlement over others because you are much more important.

Relax!

Avoid exercise. If you do find yourself in a weird situation where you have to exercise,  move for 20 minutes and immediately stop. You’ll probably be in a gym so find the stop button before you even start. Remember, the only reason to exercise is to lose weight so get the most out of your workout by doing the latest fad diet at the same time.  The best time (and only time) to modify your food intake is in the 2 months prior to summer. I recommend those diets where you can eat lots of bacon, butter, and cheese. Remember, always emphasize easy effort and thoughtless existence. I’m working on a book about dieting based on the warmed food at 7-11 stores. Or I might go all-in with the “Truck Stop Diet”.

Photo: 7-11

Lastly, take pills. When you’re normal, you’ll have a host of health issues. You should probably start with some pills for cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. If you’re overweight, even by overweight standards, have them suck out your fat or get that surgery done. Guys, you will want a few boxes of those pills for erectile dysfunction. No matter what, you don’t want to be aware of your existence so tell your doctor what anti-anxiety and anti-depression pills are right for you. No worries, before long, you will be able to get all this in a vending machine from your floating chair. No no! Don’t get up! Stay there….relax my friend.

I’m really exhausted from writing this. If you need me, I’ll be out running.

-EnduranceJer

 

Author: Jerry Armstrong

see more of Jerry's work at www.JerryArmstrong.blogspot.com

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8 Comments

  1. I think this article is awful in so many ways. Just my two cents.

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  2. Are you kidding me, Emil. This is exactly what I see out in the world. I have 150lb highschool friends who are now 300lbs. I have one friend who won’t allow himself to lose weight because he would not fit in at his job. I see entire families of fat people. Great job Jerry!

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    • My negative opinion is in no way related to the obesity problem that is prevalent in this country, the awful diet of many Americans, or total lack of fitness of the vast majority of individuals. My problem is with the author’s presentation of this epidemic. I find it rather crass. Sorry.

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  3. try blue!

    the saddest thing to me being a “skinny guy,” is that i eat just like you’re describing. Fast food, fried food, candy, cheesecake, pie, you name it! The big difference is that i MOVE all the time. i hear the you’re too skinny comments all the time from overweight people. They’re jesting, but i always hate it. NO ONE has to be super-sized. Just get up and move, sigh…

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  4. I think Jerry did a fine job with this honest article. It’s a very real look at the world we all live in.. sometimes the truth hurts.

    Crass.. would have been if I wrote it. :)

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  5. What is sad , is that this article is exactly the path that Humans are taking . Remember 20-25 years ago when you saw a heavy set person and people would look at think WOW ? Go to a Wal-mart and count heavy persons to skinny / healthy people . I have several friends who have sleep apnea , diabetes , heart issues , high blood , high chloresterol problems , the list can go on and on . Watching Wall-E actaully made my wife and I really sad . The A typical Human is their own worst enemy .
    Great article , especially when I want to have a lazy day !

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  6. Wow, what a bitter and negative article that’s insulting to just about everyone including the ‘elite’ group you are praising in a back handed way. A lot of people eat badly because guess what they’re poor and the bad stuff is cheap. Being poor and healthy is hard. I bet you didn’t even have to get your running shoes from goodwill.

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  7. Of course it’s negative… look at america. We are killing ourselves with food. Per the CDC… 35.7% of America is obese. The article is about eating too much of that crap and not exercising. If you’re poor and have to buy the high density calorie cheap food you “could” only eat 1/3 of the meal. I don’t make any argument that being poor in America is hard.

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