February 13, 2014

Jack Gets Deep-More Secret Blog Ramblings

Yep, the series continues as Jack sneaks off from his own amusing blog Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit and shares some "behind the scenes" goings on with us here at Cranky Fitness. And note: Jack's down with the flu so you might want to wish him well and thoroughly disinfect your hands after scrolling through this post.

Welcome again, Jack!


Where were we?

Oh yeah. Even though I spend a lot of time talking diet-y over at Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit, I had this really dumb idea last year to start another weight-loss blog, a super-secret little-more-serious one called Man Overboard where I didn't feel compelled to act a  fool every other day.

Then I went and misremembered the password, so like my childhood pet Grapey, it died on the vine.

Anyways click here to see what you missed (nothing), and keep reading to...well...JUST KEEP READING, OKAY?


I swear this is true...

My grandfather taught my dad (the original Big Mo) how to swim by grabbing him under the arms and unceremoniously tossing him into a lake.


And then...


Sink or swim.

He swam (though to be honest, swimming was never his favorite activity after that).

A good idea?


Child abuse?



Well, I suppose...

I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in quite a while and saw a number that didn't sit too well with me.

I need to make some changes.

I need to do better.

Time to sink or swim.

There's nobody who will throw me into the deep end but myself.

Time to jump.


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What do you first do when you learn to swim?  You make mistakes, do you not? and what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning-and some of them many times over-what do you find?  That you can swim? Well-life is just the same as learning to swim!  Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!"

- Alfred Adler


  1. Starting over at things sucks. You have a LOT of company though and I suspect you'll spot a lifeboat... paddle hard!

    And feel better soon. :)

  2. Nertz! I hit submit and everything disappeared. I've refreshed and I don't see my comment, but if it shows up later I'ma be bummed.

    Starting over at something (particularly something you've been successful at before) definitely sucks. I'd get it if I was doing poorly at something brand new (although I'm of the type that doesn't deal with that well - probably need some therapy for that!), but it's more aggravating when it's something I've had success with before.

    Maybe someday I'll become zen about that "don't be afraid of making mistakes" thing. Hasn't quite happened yet.

    1. Oh no, sorry OtF, I hate when comment gremlins attack my favorite commenters!

      Because starting over on a blog comment is REALLY irritating! :)

  3. The good part is that things will just get better from this point on! Plus, as I seem to recall, there's no universe-imposed limit on the number of "do over-s" we each get, right? And to get thoroughly over the top trite and positive (go ahead and smack me...), there's the old "If you're not making mistakes, you're not making much of anything". So, I say let's all really make something of ourselves! For now, though, just hang in there and wait for the chicken soup to kick in :).

  4. Mistakes - such a huge part of all my days. I know they are always going to be around but here is a quote I've been applying this year (from my son's band director) - "Don't make the same mistake that you made yesterday. And, when you make a mistake, make it a good one."

  5. Then there's Thomas Edison's take on it, that these aren't mistakes, we're eliminating the ways that don't work is all.

  6. OMG I didn't know this was a daily blog. Cranky is a busy gal (even if uses guest posts!). I'm impressed.

    Loved Jack's post. The sink or swim analogy hit home with me as I'm the process of leaving my job. Yeah, I'm jumping in to the deep end. And I'm not alone.

    1. I ment Crabby not Cranky!!! Sorry Crabby!

    2. MANY people call me Cranky, Bob Ben, I answer to Cranky, Crabby, whatever! And glad you don't mind the extra posts... thanks so much for stopping by!

    3. The pleasure is all mine. This blog is keeping me afloat. :D

    4. I did the same thing a few years ago, Bob Ben. Jumping into that deep end is an interesting blend of terrifying and liberating. It's one of the best things I ever did. Best of luck to you!

      And we could also call her Cranky Crabby. :-D

    5. Thank you Heather Lee! I've officially quit my job. And I am feeling better everyday. My best is yet to come.

  7. So totally right there in the sink or swim mode!!!!!! You've got this!

  8. Boy I have made tons of mistakes - big ones - not in the health/fitness field but the "real life" field & it ain't good right now.. trying not to drown! :)

  9. You can do it! Everyone's going through something and it kinds makes you feel better but knowing that you will be successful in overcoming it is what will make you feel the best you've ever felt. You got this.

  10. AMEN.
    Im MiStAkEs McGeE and I just keep life-preserving myself and trying again.

  11. I embrace mistakes because I embrace learning new things all the time. I like improving and that always involves me doing something I haven't before and learning how to improve.


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