(Some) Things in Moderation

Have you even been at a dinner party and heard someone reach for the brownie tray and announce, “Everything in moderation, right?” We all have. Little nuggets like this are everywhere in our vocabulary. Many of them are, in fact, insightful words to live by. What’s interesting is how we choose to apply them.

How useful is the iconic statement “Good things come to those that wait” to someone on the brink of a hasty decision? The impatient child wanting to open gifts days before Christmas is the perfect recipient of such advice. Just as iconic, however, is another figure of speech with the exact opposite meaning: “The early bird catches the worm.” But, hey… that’s not nearly as useful in coercing a child into being patient about the Christmas gifts enticing him under the tree, right? Any smart parent will ignore the “early bird” talk, and preach the story about waiting.

FFOTB walks on water.

My point? Beware of leaning on such figures of speech. We often use them to justify or add value where it doesn’t deserve it. When’s the last time you heard someone urge you to seek moderation in your broccoli consumption?


It’s just not convenient enough in that case. The fact is broccoli doesn’t need to be enjoyed in moderation. It can hold it’s own. With regards to health, brownies need all the help they can get, because all signs point to “No.” Does this erode the seemingly bulletproof statement, “All things in moderation?”  Who could argue with that?…

I could.

Logan Gelbrich


Monday’s Workout:

Athletes perform 1 deadlift (225/155) on the first minute, two deadlifts on the second, three on the third and so on and so forth until he/she cannot complete their reps before the minute expires. The score is the last completed minute.

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