First, I would like to start this entry by saying that anyone out there that is offended by off-color language, please send this entry to your junk pile now and do not read any further. I do try to keep these posts “PG-13” at the most, but the language today will bring this to an “R” rating. Okay?
Here goes: I am certain most people have heard the phrase: “When life hands you lemons, make Lemonade”. The meaning: This is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life; making lemonade is turning them into something positive or desirable.
Well, in one of my favorite comedy movies, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, Paul Rudd (playing a stoner surfing instructor) had another take on this phrase. His version was: “When life hands you lemons, I say F— the lemons and bail” (see the video below and once again, language warning!!!).
Taking the four-letter word out of Paul Rudd’s version, let’s bring this discussion to the weight control arena. In the “life hands you lemons” part of the phrase, here is the type of “lemons” (difficulty) that life throws at us:
There are many more “lemons” that can be added on to this list.
- Slowing metabolism with aging
- Pain in our joints that preclude exercise
- So many responsibilities on our plates that preclude focusing on ourselves
- Chemical imbalances that cause excessive cravings and appetite
So, our choices: We can either: 1- Take Paul Rudd’s advice and “F— the lemons and bail” OR 2- Do, in fact, navigate around these “lemons” (challenges) and try out best to ultimately succeed in our weight control efforts. The former approach is the “I give up” mentality whereas the latter approach does require lots of work, planning, focus, resilience, etc.
So, when life hands us lemons, let’s all try to make lemonade (with no added sugar or vodka).
And for those of you not offended by off-color humor and have not seen “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, you are missing one of the funniest movies ever. Enjoy Paul Rudd’s take on lemons.