Why did Icarus need to fall? I remember translating the myth of Icarus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses as a young girl. It seemed natural and obvious that Icarus should fall. What hubris! How dare he try to fly so high?

We seem compelled to root for the underdog wanting him/her/them to overcome their preconceived disadvantage but not too much. Some call this Tall Poppy Syndrome which is “used to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.

We’re rooting for you, until we hate you, and start wanting you to fail or fall.

In the case of fitness and nutrition, how many times have you started to make better choices, started to look and feel fantastic, and then the sabotage started.

  • You’re getting too thin. 
  • One more cookie (donut, cocktail, french fry, slice of pizza) won’t hurt you. 
  • I baked this just for you.
  • Are you sure you don’t want another serving?
  • Can’t you stay out with us just a little bit longer? You could skip tomorrow’s workout. 

Icarus Rising was formed to help you soar.