Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shortcuts

The other night I was laying around with the intention of doing nothing else except for maybe sip a beverage and let my brain go and quietly turn into a gentle pile of mush. I didn't want to think about anything, I sort of wanted to think about nothing at all, and so I turned on the TV and flipped to MTV. Yes, I know, it's a nasty habit, and I am already aware of how weird it will be to still be watching MTV when I have kids and a blue mini van. Can you imagine us all hurrying to finish our dinners so that we could all gather and watch the latest episode of The Real World? I figure watching MTV is a habit I'll kick when I have a mortgage to pay. Anyhow, if you are looking to turn your brain off for a while, watching MTV is a soothing way to do it.

I tuned into an episode of True Life, this particular one was about yo yo dieters. I can't say that I know what it feels like to be so unhappy with my body that I would starve it to get down to my ideal weight, but geez, it looks rough. The guy in the show would go into "starvation" mode where he would eat 200-400 calories a day. And then (because he was eating the nutritional equivalent of all the crumbs that tumble out of my hands and mouth and get stuck in my keyboard every day) he would go out and binge, gain all his weight back and then start all over again.

Some people might find this behavior disturbing. Some might tell him that losing lots of weight like that by eating nothing for a week is just a quick fix; what he really needed was to change his lifestyle completely. Some might even go so far as to say that quick fixes are for cheaters. But not me. I understand.

I understand why some might be so attracted to these miracle products and fads guaranteeing instantaneous results -- diet pills, liquid diets, books upon books dedicated to teaching us the best kept secrets that will make us all look like Posh Spice -- because sometimes hard work is just too hard. The old fashioned might pipe up here to say, "But hard work is what leads to long lasting results!" And to that I say, The heck with hard work! Sometimes I just want things to happen right away. Like when I want to eat Top Ramen, I want to eat it right then. Recently, my list of longings for instant results has expanded to include photography and dance. I wish I could just watch a really good dancer, and then just do it. I know it's possible because at dance class today I stood behind a 7 and a 9 year old and they just got it. As I flailed around behind them, I found myself yearning for a pill, a citrus-flavored drink supplement or anything labeled with an "As Seen on TV!" sticker. If there were such a thing that I could take that would make me dance well right away, I would be the first to take it.

It's also seeing really beautiful photography like this that makes me wish I could just cut out the carbs in my diet* to be able to capture images like it.


*OK, not really, I love carbs. If there were something easier that I could do though, I would do it.

8 comments:

markvaughan2009 said...

I love this entry! You say it so well... Better than me (http://youarenotafitperson.com/2009/08/11/acai-berry-and-other-miracle-cures/)

Thanks,

M.

Rainysoul said...

I love the mush...though I'm to old for MTV...I watched it when it was MUSIC TV...and the music was good...and man I sound old.

Quick fixes...I tend to do that with food...pop a meal in the microwave, woot! They had these new little brownie things at Wal-Mart...like 50 seconds in the microwave you have a brownie, and there's a little cup of ice cream and caramel to plop right on top of it...

Good luck with the quick dancing fix, I always felt a little bad for the people that it didn't just click for...when I wasn't feeling smugly cool that I could do it! :D

Kate said...

I pay a mortgage and still watch MTV. You will too. Do'nt be ashamed, you are not alone!

I'm Kim, by the way said...

I have a mortgage, the "world's first sport utility wagon, and a child, and I loooove True Life! I also have the "NYC Ballet Workout" on DVD and flail like an epileptic hippo when trying to copy the movements of the amazing dancers who are just doing "workouts." In other words, I'd drink the drink too. Great post.

Cham said...

Haha, why does she have two umbrellas?

And I can totally understand the photography aspect. Oy vay, some people just have magical lenses I think.

The Bug said...

When I make cards for people I like to say that I'm being creatively crooked, but the truth is that I don't want to be bothered taking the time to be straight. Is there a pill for that?

Kim - LOL epileptic hippo! It's so me! I have no rhythm whatsoever & am always a danger to myself & others when I try to dance.

Sobrina Tung said...

Thanks Mark! I'll have to check out your blog.

Rainysoul, can you come to class and teach me?? We need all the help we can get! haha

Kate and Kim, it's comforting to know others like me are out there! :) Also, watching dance on DVD is a good idea... that way I can just keep watching and doing that 4-count over and over until I get it. (sad)

Cham, I know, I wish I had that magical lens. :(

The Bug, I bet your cards are beautiful nonetheless. I love homemade anything!

kanmuri said...

You need to go and live in the matrix, that way you could just upload all the info directly in your head!!!

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