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Let me tell you a story of the cod fish. At the turn of the century cod fish were in much demand on the east coast. News of this tasty fish spread across the country all the way to the west coast. There was however a problem. How could they get the fish across the country and still keep it fresh. They tried to freeze the fish and send it by rail, the fastest means at the time. When it was prepared it turn out to be very mushy and lacked flavor. Then someone decided to ship the fish live turning railroad cars into huge saltwater aquariums. When the cod fish arrived they were still alive but when they were prepared they were still mushy and tasteless. After studying the cod fish someone discovered that their natural enemy was the catfish. This time when the cod fish were but in the tanks they place a few catfish in with them. Those catfish chased the cod fish all the way across the country to the west coast. This time when they were prepared they were flaky and had the same flavor as they did when they were caught fresh and prepared on the east coast. You see the catfish kept the cod from becoming stale. The catfish kept them fresh.

We all have and need catfish in our lives to keep us fresh. I had one such catfish in my life. Last year when I weighed 284 I would jog 3 miles a few times a week. Thinking that would be enough to help me lose weight. Well as I ran (not really a run more like a walk) I would see the man, a neighbor riding his bike. I will call him Maynard. Well every time Maynard would ride by me he always had something negative to say about my weight. (Look fat people don't need to be told their fat they know it.) Anyway Maynard made it his mission to let me know that I needed to lose weight. He would say things like, "You need to do some push ups, push ups from the table that is." or "I haven't seen you in a couple of days you'll never lose weight if you don't keep at it," or "Looks like you hurt our knee if you lost weight you wouldn't have that problem." One day while in Wal-Mart buying bait with my sons so we could go fishing we ran into Maynard and he said, "Looks like your going fishing you can't lose weight that way." I decided that Maynard was my catfish. His mommy must have told him, "if you can't something mean don't say anything at all."

That prove the case because I decided I needed to do something more than just run to lose weight. I started going to a diet clinic, got on a diet, and kept running.
As I began to lose 30, 40, 50lbs I would see Maynard, my catfish riding and he wouldn't speak not even a hello. One day after I had lost 90lbs in 5 months I was running a 5 miler and I saw Maynard in the middle of the road where I turn around. He was talking to a lady. As I ran past him he said, "Are you losing weight?" I smiled and said yes. But I thought are you blind? I have lost 90lbs and you have to ask me if I'm losing weight. When I got home I told my wife that my catfish was still a catfish.

My question is can a catfish ever change? The answer is yes.

It happen last week before we went to the convention in TX. I was running a fast 5K to tune up for a race in TX. As I was running I heard that familiar sound of Maynard's bike. As he past me he said, "Good morning skinny." Now I want you know that I almost dropped dead in my tracks. "Did he say what I think he said?" Well what do you know Oh Maynard can something nice.

Conclusion, we all need catfish in our life to keep us fresh, to challenge us, to keep us on our toes. Even though we know their reason to say what they say is not to motivate us to improve. We need to listen to what they say and see if their is any truth to their negativity. And let me add if you are a catfish you don't have to be a catfish all the time.

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So you were still alive, but somewhat mushy?
And Maynard is chasing you? Me thinks you need to turn the tables on the old boy, and let the hunted become the hunter.
I love the saying pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered. You were on you way to market and Maynard walk in.
Now it's up to you to pay it forward and tell him you can't loose weight just riding a bike.

Take him out on a 20 mile run and come back alone.
Everybody loves to eat catfish, but you got to kill them first.

Play the song by Journey (don't stop believing) You don't watch the Sopranos, but those who do know what I mean.
This may seem harsh, but he's useless to you now.
He must sleep with the fishes, like all good catfishes finally do.

The opinions expressed here are purely fictional and do not reflect the views and opinions of runron.

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