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I am not what I don’t eat

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day.  He’s a colleague and a mentor.  We were discussing the job climate and the challenges of finding a good position “at my age”.  Not that I’m an ancient relic or anything – but once you’re over 50, some hiring managers think you are. 

One thing we discussed was appearance, especially weight.  It’s no secret that obesity in America is out of control today.  Sales people are certainly not immune to this affliction.  So the battle of the bulge needs continuous attention.  No exception here (although I’m very proud to say that I am within 12 pounds of my 1975 collegiate basketball playing weight).  Getting back to this point reminds me of a quote from Margaret Thatcher:

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Lord knows, I’m engaged in a life-long series of battles!  And weight control needs daily attention, don’t you agree?

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of our jobs; our in-box; our quota-performance.  It’s easy to get hooked on working extended hours instead of working out.  Add-in business travel and our eating habits can really take a turn for the worse, yes?  Fast food, airport dining, and hotel room service are definitely not our waistline’s friend.  

There is nowhere to hide and our appearance tells a hiring manager a lot about us.  But our health is much more important than just our job.   To make matters worse, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about food, diet, and approaches to maintaining a healthy weight.  Let me help you avoid a few pit falls.  Here’s a little “accepted wisdom” I picked up on one of my out-of-town trips (yep, from a person losing their battle of the bulge):

 Question:     How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

Answer:       Well, if you have a body, and you have body fat, your ratio is one-to-one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio is two-to-one, etc.

Question:     I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?

Answer:       How could that be true?  Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it.  Everything wears out eventually, so how could speeding up your heart make you live longer?  If you want to live longer – take a nap.

Question:     My wife says I should cut down on meat, and eat more fruits and vegetables.  What do you say?

Answer:       Look, what does a cow eat?  Corn.  And what’s corn?  A vegetable.  So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.

Question:     Is beer bad for you?

Answer:       Look, it goes to the earlier point about vegetables.  As we all know, scientists divide everything in the world into three categories: animal, mineral, and vegetable.  Well, we all know that beer is not an animal, and it’s not on the periodic table of elements, so that only leaves one thing, right?  My advice:  Have a burger and a beer and tell everyone you’re on a vegetarian diet.

                                                                            Unknown Sage

It was actually Colonel Harlan Sanders (yes, that Colonel Sanders believe it or not) who said;

“Make sure you don’t wind up the richest person in the cemetery.  You can’t do business from there.”

Being overweight is nothing to take lightly!  And I mean it’s more important than our next job interview.

                                                                            GAP

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15 Comments


  1. joe
    Mar 01, 2011

    Gary well said now I just have to put your words into action – Think I’ll have a beer and fries for lunch – start my diet today.


    • Gary
      Mar 03, 2011

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment on my post Joe! GAP


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      Sep 13, 2011

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      • Gary
        Sep 13, 2011

        Thank you very much for your feedback – I hope to receive more from you in the future. Thx, GAP


    • Gary
      Sep 13, 2011

      Thanks Joe – Hope you have a stellar day! GAP


    • Raynes
      Sep 14, 2011

      I am ttalloy wowed and prepared to take the next step now.


  2. Jeaneen Ingram
    Mar 01, 2011

    Good One!


    • Gary
      Mar 03, 2011

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post Jeaneen! GAP


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        Sep 12, 2011

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      Sep 13, 2011

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      Sep 14, 2011

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