Beware of Crabs

Whether you've decided to go Paleo (2.0), get into an exercise habit, or do anything else that involves changing your life for the better, "crabs" are bound to rear their ugly little heads.

And I don't mean "those" crabs.  

I mean the "crabs" who act like your friend when everybody's miserable, but when push comes to shove, they would rather see you fail than succeed, wither rather than thrive, and settle for mediocrity rather than brilliance.  

So, in the tradition of Aesop, I'd like to share with you the story of "The Crab Bucket".


One time a man was walking along the beach and say another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him. As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.

"Why don't you cover your bait bucket so the crabs won't escape?", he said.

"You don't understand.", the man replied, "If there is one crab in the bucket it would surely crawl out very quickly. However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, if one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them."


Moral of the story: Don't let "crabs" drag you down.  Be your best self, face the fear, and climb out of the bucket .

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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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  1. Excellent post! As a paleo cyclist in a "carb heavy" sport I deal with the naysayers on a regular basis.

    Thanks for the insight!

  2. I'm sure you get plenty of looks for being the "weird" one who doesn't suck down handfuls of "Gu"!