Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What I learned at the checkout.

“Did you find everything you were looking for today?“ I got into a discussion with a checkout woman who was trained to say this. I have personally worked for a store in the past that had a sign in the back room that actually said, “Make every decision count to maximize sales and profit”… maybe a little Karma came back on them as they are out of business today as the consumers realized that the store needed to be cut from the customers bottom line huh? It’s common for checkout people to have to push some “item of the day”.
There is a war going on, but this one isn’t so obvious… in that it has much more going on under the surface. People want you to buy stuff, that’s simple. But there are psychologists, marketing groups, teams, even cult behavior experts all studying how they can win you over to their side to buy their stuff. I have to ask to be put on a do not call list so marketers won’t call my house. I have to find my newspaper through all the ads. I have to find my news under all the spin. I’m constantly asking myself when I hear anything now “What do they want? What are they selling?“ I’m pretty sure that they don’t even just want your money at this point… they want *YOU*.
Before you think I’m going all mass conspiracy theory on you I’m even going to amp it up another notch. I’m wondering what would happen if I could tap into that juggernaut and use it for good instead of evil. Please don’t misunderstand me, I think companies should make some money… But I’m wondering if there is a way that we can harness this marketing machine somehow to sell ourselves *US*. Because we are worth it. YOU are way more impressive than any of those 19.95 plus shipping and handling plastic gismos… I want to really buy me enough to make the “easy” payments of the sensible portions and the workouts. (I’m planning to come up with a serious marketing plan to sell myself me… maybe I can come up with something to share too that might help you want to buy yourself too)
So I’d like to introduce today the most amazing product ever… YOU. Ah, asking what does this product do is a very good question! Well *YOU* can be amazing. First, with proper care YOU can give a lifetime of service. BUT my friends by using our easy multiple payments plan of consistent movement and food intake choices you can opt to up to the value pack… which includes extra longevity, ability to move easier with being less winded, and much more… Act now! This is a limited time offer! Besides, if you’re not happy with the results you can just gain the weight back.
I want you to want you. Remember that you are not the “item of the day“ but the item of a lifetime! Act now…
I guest posted at Mizfit last week and thought I should share a link if you’d like to check it out…
See! Because you acted now you got a free post to read! What an incredible bonus!
Foolsfitness would like to remind you that *YOU* are the value pack worth the extra cost!- Alan


  1. Great post Alan. Thanks for sharing it! So glad to hear you still doing so well!

  2. Excellent!
    I'm going to go buy *Me* right now! I come with a whole bunch of extras if I act right now ... I'm so excited. :D

  3. Loved this post, I'm going to buy me and keep me forever! I'm even going to buy the extras and use them! I feel healthy and happy already.

  4. I can't afford ME, even with a half-off coupon. :(

  5. Excellent! I want a *me*.

    I'm going to buy the extra warranty package, too. :)

  6. I was just wondering if you were happy about eating that vegetable yet. lol.
    You make me laugh bud.

  7. love it. love it. love it.
    im super cheap. im gonna get ME alright :D might have to buy the extras in installments though...

  8. Is there a layaway plan for ME?

  9. Hi Alan. My problem is I'm still not sure I want to buy into ME ...

    Great post as ever.

    Best wishes,
    Bearfriend xx

  10. Thank you for joining up to follow my blog and for commenting! Starting an online journal was one of the best things I have done on this journey to lose weight and I am so thrilled with all the support I get from people like you. I love this post, by the way! It's very insightful, yet humourous. I am going to link over to Mizfit's page to read your guest post right now!

  11. Greetings from Casa Hice!

    Hi, I'm Alix. I just found your blog and am so happy to make your acquaintance! I am also on a diet (WW) and fitness journey and want to surround myself with like-minded people.

    Am looking forward to following your blog and adding you to my blogroll so I never miss a post update.

    Please stop by Casa Hice sometime and check out my story. Click on the "Adventures in Dieting" photo link in my sidebar to see my progress - the good, the bad, and the ugly - from beginning to end... except we all know - there really is no such thing as the end. Right?

  12. Hey,my bean burger recipe is up here: so feel free to give it a go.

    It was meant to be a chickpea burger (argh, the american is.....garbonza bean? I think?) but I only had soy, try it with your bean of preference. It should be really easy with canned beans available everywhere for you. Also,you can definitely cut down ont he amount of oil you use to cook it. I was following the recipe as closely as I could so I used what they said, but since then I've tried it with half the amount or less and it's been fine. You could even try baking them I think.

  13. Someday I hope there's a sign on ME that says "Drastically Reduced." hehe

    And in regard to spaghetti squash... I absolutely LOVE it! I always cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, fill a large pan halfway with water, put the 2 halves of the squash upside down in the water, cover it with foil, and bake it at 350 for about an hour. Then... you just remove the squash from the pan and scoop out the yummy insides. I usually serve it with a little bit of low-fat spaghetti sauce and a sprinkling of low-fat mozzarella cheese. It is SO yummy! It's even good plain with a little bit of salt and pepper. Let me know how you made it, and if you like it! :)


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