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I came face-to-face with an inconvenient truth recently.

I wasn't very athletic as a kid. I was active -- I rode my bike, climbed trees, and practically lived on my rollerskates in the summertime. But I never quite measured up when it came to the things that are expected of kids in P.E. class. I couldn't run terribly fast, couldn't hold myself up on a parallel bar like you were supposed to for the President's Fitness Program or whatever, and I couldn't hit a softball to save my life. (The one time I did, I was so elated, I threw the bat, which was an automatic out. No animals or humans were harmed, I'm glad to say.)

I could do a lot of sit-ups, though. How random is that?

When I was going into the 9th grade, I asked my Mom to get me excused from P.E. on account of my asthma. My asthma really wasn't severe, but my adolescent angst was, and I just couldn't bear the thought of enduring a daily opportunity to embarrass myself in front of my peers while wearing polyester shorts in a most unfortunate shade of blue.

And so, I assumed the mantle of gawky, uncoordinated nerd. With the exception of my fingers, which only became more and more nimble on the piano. I worked the system to meet my needs.

I came to regret this state of affairs by and by, though. I've never had too much of a weight problem (though I did pack on 20 lbs. in the year after my Mom died -- I took it off with the help of Weight Watchers), but I did suspect that better physical fitness would be a good idea for me. Fortunately, I love to walk. Eventually, I even took up karate, and earned my black belt, not because I was talented at it, but because I loved it, worked hard, and was just plain stubborn. Oh, and along the way, I had gotten over my fear of embarrassing myself in public -- that helped a lot.

Fast forward to today. McDoc bought a bike last summer when we moved closer to his workplace. He wanted me to get one, too, so we could tool around together, but I declined, stubbornly sticking to my preference for walking.

McDoc can be stubborn, too, though, and when he took his bike in for a tuneup last month, he suggested I test ride a bike, just for grins.

OMG, it was so fun!

I decided to name her Junebug.

Note: the smiley face on my hip is there to cover up a wardrobe malfunction that neither McDoc nor I noticed til it was time to upload the photo just now. =]

So here's the inconvenient truth I have to deal with: I have a tendency to get depressed when left to my own devices. Regular exercise greatly alleviates that situation. It can be a vicious cycle, because if I don't exercise, I get depressed, so I don't feel like exercising, so I get more depressed, and so on, and so on.

Luckily for me, the weather has been beautiful lately, and my new bike is so cute, that I was able to achieve escape velocity. It's only been a week or so, but the change is marked. So, whether I like it or not, I'd better keep it up.

Have you had any similarly humbling yet ultimately beneficial realizations lately?

Let's look at today's uplifting bouquet of Top Comments!

From Angie in WA State:

There were a lot of great comments today, but (in my opinion) here's the very best of the bunch, and please - if you can - embed the image when you post this... (Editor's note: okay, just this once! :) )

In a this comment by Zwoof: this should be THE LOGO of the progressives!

It gets right down to the basics and proves that healthcare reform is necessary, without saying a single word, and exactly why the progressive Single Payer (or its weaker cousin Public Option) is so much better than the current (Republican-favored) clusterfuck that is our healthcare insurance system. It's in the diary New Republican Health Care Policy Released, by buhdydharma.

From Cedwyn:

A most excellent rebuttal of Palin and her "they're coming to kill my baby!" nonsense.

From llbear:

In Meteor Blades' front pager in support of NetRoots for the Troops, darkhorse88 weighs in with validation for all the work done and about to be done to make the Care Package project worthwhile.

From Youffraita:

In annetteboardman's teachers' lounge diary, this comment was hysterical.

From Benintn:

gchaucer2's  comment -- because sometimes this whole top comment thing can get a little self-absorbed.  Like the diary he commented on. (Editor's note: she? I think?)

From madame defarge:

In the diary BREAKING: Obama Fails to Deliver Sunny Weather, Gary Norton is a bit of a contrarian.

From Land of Enchantment:

Eric Zencey adds a telling anecdote to his own excellent diary on sustainability from his afternoon.  Yikes!!

From LaughingPlanet:

This witty, brief comment by BR Janet comes in a lovely diary by beabea in reply to yet another unhinged birther/antichrist rant.

From Mother of Zeus:

jabuhrer neatly exploded that perennial DailyKos dichotomy of principle versus expedience, proving that you can be genuinely passionate about both.

brillig brings us fit and happy Top Mojo!

Top 30 (plus ties) Comments excluding tip jars, first comments and stuff:

  1) I think you are overreacting. by jonnie rae — 227
  2) Outstanding, evocative diary by Lefty Coaster — 169
  3) Good job by DelicateMonster — 154
  4) Here's one more for your litany of disappointment by Lefty Coaster — 145
  5) Speaking Truth to stupid by Dallasdoc — 117
  6) teh stoopid, it burns! nt by MariaWr — 109
  7) Excellent by DelicateMonster — 109
  8) Stupid White Men muttering: by LaughingPlanet — 107
  9) We aren't numb. No one here is surprised. by FishOutofWater — 104
10) There are two different approaches we can take by Dallasdoc — 102
11) Sorry, but the Barack Obama I voted for by corvo — 99
12) Don Siegelman's still being prosecuted by FishOutofWater — 96
13) Well said by political junquie — 94
14) Way to connect the dots! eom by Guaunyu — 90
15) That candidate Obama by allenjo — 88
16) They're making references to 1984 by droogie6655321 — 87
17) Sssssshhhhh!!! Soon they'll start opposing by grannyhelen — 85
18) The silent majority here loves Barack by doc2 — 83
19) I see more and more by sharistuff — 79
20) WASH IT OFF!!! WASH IT OFF!!! by Nick Zouroudis — 74
21) Wingnut stupidity. It's like by The Creator — 73
22) Your comment is excellent, and a needed by flitedocnm — 72
23) Oh yeah? Well if he lives in the UK, then why by lineatus — 71
24) Yeah, but there's a lot of lurkers.... by Bush Bites — 65
25) Not so much stupid, as fearful. by rontun — 64
26) I had warned them in the local paper by Randian — 64
27) That really burns my ass by Kristina40 — 63
28) I'll see your $.25 by Wayward Wind — 63
29) Thanks as always, Slinkerwink by anastasia p — 62
30) The blitheness with which they assert by RickMassimo — 62
31) And yet... our inane, incompetent media by Blue VA — 62

Top 30 Comments with no exclusions, aka the Tip Jar list :-):

  1) Tips, Comments, Etc by MLDB — 629
  2) Tip Jar by booksnmore4you — 565
  3) Tips for the Barack Obama we voted for in Nov. by flitedocnm — 555
  4) Tip Jar by blackwaterdog — 508
  5) Tip Jar by Crashing Vor — 460
  6) Tip Jar by Cenk Uygur — 443
  7) Tip Jar by Nashville fan — 368
  8) Tip Jar by Keith Olbermann — 364
  9) Tip Jar by slinkerwink — 351
10) Tip Jar by ShadowSD — 314
11) Tip Jar by Randian — 270
12) Tip Jar by bobswern — 239
13) Tip Jar by brooklynbadboy — 228
14) I think you are overreacting. by jonnie rae — 227
15) Tip Jar by RenaRF — 219
16) Just needed to rant. by Angry Mouse — 183
17) Outstanding, evocative diary by Lefty Coaster — 169
18) Tip Jar by Meteor Blades — 157
19) Good job by DelicateMonster — 154
20) Tip Jar by Mark Warner is God — 146
21) Here's one more for your litany of disappointment by Lefty Coaster — 145
22) Tip Jar by AntonBursch — 140
23) Speaking Truth to stupid by Dallasdoc — 117
24) Thanks to Eden and Rick at Courage Campaign by kid oakland — 114
25) teh stoopid, it burns! nt by MariaWr — 109
26) Excellent by DelicateMonster — 109
27) Stupid White Men muttering: by LaughingPlanet — 107
28) We aren't numb. No one here is surprised. by FishOutofWater — 104
29) There are two different approaches we can take by Dallasdoc — 102
30) Sorry, but the Barack Obama I voted for by corvo — 99

Originally posted to virgomusic on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 07:10 PM PDT.

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