Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A pound of flesh~
Beef, Angus strip roast, is on sale for $8.99 per pound, chicken breasts, boneless, $4.99 a pound. My own flesh is worth far more, I found. (Not in the way you're thinking, Elliot Spitzer and all)
I responded to a junk mail ad for a place I'll call as "Shylock Fitness Center." It was a promo, I knew this, but I checked it out just to see. I'm a tough sell and I wasn't worried that I'd get pushed into anything. That never happens, hardly.
The place provides one-on-one fitness training-- a private hour and a half, three times a week with a personal trainer, a nutritional program, and body fat analysis. -I'd visited this place once four years ago to do a feature for a newspaper, so I knew how they operated-- and that they were pricy.
-But you never know. The economy is in a slump. Maybe they are desperate for clients.
The owner, who I'll call Mr. Pecs, showed me around. I wanted only the bottom line: the price. But he was intent on getting me firmly on the hook.
"We don't take everyone," Mr. Pecs said. "We only take people we think are a good fit."
He asked if my husband supported me.
If he knew I was there?
What I wanted to weigh?
-More that I did at my prime, but less than now
What I thought were the stumbling blocks to my weight loss efforts.
-Time, energy. Desire to eat.
What I ate.
-Good food mostly, but . . .
How often I ate.
-Three meals a day mostly, but . . .
When I last ate.
-Just a little snack in the car on the way over, but . . . (I was still picking pieces of popcorn out of my teeth. He looked grim.)
How much I thought this was worth.
-Well, I remember it was a lot four years ago, but . . .
-Oh, I don't know . . .
What would you say if I told you $2300 for three months?
So that would be $766 a month. About $64 a session if I went three times a week. Bottom line, about $150 a pound.
If I'm worth that much maybe I should start treating myself with more care.
"You can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things."