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I get that people are upset about retailers being open on Thanksgiving, I get it. Sort of. I’m just not in favor of the petitions and social media pledging that’s been going on.
See, here’s the thing - it’s the height of holiday shopping season and these people work IN RETAIL. Is it not to be expected that there are going to be undesirable hours and scheduling demands? YOU WORK IN RETAIL - I’m sorry, but that’s the life and business of the industry. This is the time when retailers start making real profits which allow them to stay in business and thus sustain employees. Yes? Maybe that’s not the case with the Walmarts of the world, but all of your online pledges to not shop on Thanksgiving because you “believe in family” just make me crazy. And pissed off.
To those who work in retail and have to work on Thanksgiving, I’m sorry for that but if it’s so upsetting that you need to start a petition against your employer, then quit. Find something else. I can promise that there’s someone else out there who IS more than willing work any day of the week, just to have a job.
To those who continue to post their social media pledge to support family and not shop on Thanksgiving, I hope you’re also pledging to not travel in any way this holiday season, other than using your own vehicle. Think about those airline employees, including ramp workers and TSA people making $10/hour. Or pilots and flight attendants spending holidays away from their families so that you can get to wherever it is you want to go. Guess what, holidays don’t exist to airline/airport workers—at least not beyond the context of letting them know when shit’s about to get really real. Here’s pledging you also (god forbid) don’t need medical attention. Chances are, someone out there will and chances are, when that idiot deep frying the turkey needs to visit the ER, it will be fully staffed with doctors, nurses and various other personnel, all at varying pay grades. Oh and please be so kind as to not need police assistance or any other kind of emergency personnel - because they too will be working on holidays. And that’s just not ok by you, right? RIGHT? Riight.
I’m not trying to say I agree with retailers’ decision to open or not open on Thursday, that’s not what this is about. My point here is that sure it makes you feel good to post something about not shopping on Thanksgiving to support retail workers and “family” but when it comes to serving your own needs/interests, you seem a whole lot less inclined to be so righteous.
That’s all I’m saying.
Currently experimenting with grains - I’ve been feeling puffy and sluggish and off lately and have been wondering if grains and wheat are the cause. I know I overdo it with grains (and like everything else) and have had my way with a loaf of whole wheat bread from the bakery, on more than one occasion…
So, in an attempt to sort of reset, I’m omitting grains for a week, hopefully two. I don’t think complete and absolute omission is necessary long term, but I do need to get a handle on quantity and appropriate consumption based on my body composition, gluten tolerance, etc. There’s so much conflicting information available on the pros/perils of grain (whole or otherwise), but at the end of the day, all grains are processed at some point and our bodies aren’t naturally predisposed to accept them, soooo I want to see if I feel different after not having them for a bit. I’m sure I will, but unsure if it’ll be positive or not.
I’m on day 2 of no grains and as silly as it sounds, it’s a struggle. This sort of makes me think I’m doing the right thing by cleansing them out. Addictive carbohydrate qualities make me nervous and I want no part of that.
Cheers to clean eating. :)
Yesterday’s session with my trainer was one of those that leaves you feeling numb. I got home and literally sat in my car for like 20 minutes, just staring off into space. I didn’t know what to do with myself - couldn’t move because I felt like I’d go everywhere if I did. One of those.
I eventually did move, because LIFE, but fast forward to today. I jogged a bit on the treadmill and did a few miles on the elliptical - nothing major, but my legs feel so intense. I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m feeling it in a way I haven’t in a while.
p.s. it’s awesome.