Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Morning Grocery Shopping

I am normally not out and about buying groceries on a Saturday morning (I'm usually in a nice long run somewhere, sigh..) but being out of fresh veggies and fruit, I decided to go to the Coshocton Walmart and re-stock.
I needed some Rold Gold Fat-Free Pretzels, so I ventured down the "Chips" aisle. It looked like the town had stocked up for the Apocalypse; no? nah, just Friday night in mid-Ohio. Shelves were decimated! Entire skus of chips were missing. I would have thought today was Superbowl Sunday or something. I could not believe it.
Or, more sadly, I could believe it when I stopped in the next town, our little exempted village of Newcomerstown, to watch some of the "Strong Man" competition that is part of Cy Young Days, our local little festival. Cy Young, if you don't know it, was a famous pitcher who won more games than anyone and pitched like every day or every other day, unlike the pampered pitchers of today. Newcomerstown claims him as their own, but actually, his farm was about 2 miles from where I live, closer to Peoli, Ohio. Peoli used to have their own post office, but after Cy Young died, they closed it-he got that much fan mail!
I guess it was probably a reaction to being around ultrafit people last weekend (wow, it's already been a whole week since the race) but the glaring obesity in my town really stood out. As I watched everyone get a hot dog, or nachos with cheese, or a creamed chicken sandwich. And no one cares. I guess that is the next scary part. They don't care about how they look or what being obese does to their health.
Health care will become interesting in the next twenty years caring for these folks.

Since I am on an obesity roll (get it) I also noticed that Alli is now on sale, saw a HUGE skid of it at Walmart, $ 59.00 a bottle. Alli is a fat blocker. Alli also has some nice side effects-uncontrollable bowel movements, frequent bowel movements, oily stools-stuff like that. Is it worth pooping your pants in public to lose weight? (Pooping your pants on the trail is a far different situation lol..)
As a health care professional, I would not recommend this drug. Portion control and excercise, that old unglamourous option, still works!


Sensationally Red said...

LOL! I just finished putting away about $200 of Wal Mart groceries myself! Yikes...obesity is alive and well in Akron--that's for sure. Seems like so many people just don't get it. Some people think I do all this running and eating well to just look good in pair of jeans! It's so much more than that. I feel better. I'm almost 43 years old and I'm not on any meds for diabetes or high blood pressure. I got carded again at Wal Mart! It's not that I have a baby face either...cause I don't, but I don't think people are used to seeing fit 40 something year olds. That Alli stuff sounds horrifying. There are no magic fixes...sensible eating, portion control and exercise. Glad to see you're out and about! I'm getting ready for another 16 mile running of the Buckeye Trail 50K course--not nearly as scared as I was last week. How's your cold?

KeepOnRunning said...

it is scary. just like you said, they dont care. or possibly they do care, they dont wanna be over weight, but they dont care enough to actually do something about it.
I live in the south, and down here everything is fried, from tomatoes, okra, corn.... yep, at my work they even started battering and frying up corn. what's next, fried water. Just wait, someone will figure out how to do it and we'll have fried water. heck, they already found out how to fry coke (another southerner):

Maria said...

Oh Kim I totally agree with you! It's scary how bad obesity in America is! And besides that, Alli is even scarier...I will never understand people who take that stuff. I mean, if there really was a magic pill then we'd ALL be thin. No one wants to put forth the effort and hard work and it's really a shame...escpecially for the kids of today.