When I turned 21 and started going out to clubs and awesome parties, I noticed how “in shape” everyone was downtown. People with arms bigger than my head, six packs, and probably what you could consider 30 rack abs! I had discovered where most of the good looking people in San Diego were congregating… Beautiful, fit women paired up with tall muscular men. I was suddenly worried about my fitness and my ability to have any success with these kind of women. I learned soon after that many of these men’s fitness regimens entailed the use of steroids and other illegal substances or, if they did it fair-and-square, working out like it’s a full-time job. I’d never go to those extremes just to gain muscle, but I DO want to be in shape for the summer since I’ll be spending much of my free time at the beach and partying at Wavehouse San Diego as well as Intervention Sundays. I’d love to be able to do it all shirtless, shuffling in the warm sun with a drink in my hand! :) I just want to have good memories of this summer and get in shape… I want to strengthen my lungs and be able to run miles in under 6 minutes again and sing for longer periods of time. I’ve been working out and I can tell that it’s working. I can see the difference, even if no one else has noticed yet.
Now, it’s time to start being opinionated/oratory and stuff!!
If you’ve ever been judged or made fun of for your weight or lack of muscle, I am sorry. You can take comfort though in knowing that one day, the people who made fun of you will lose their looks and their muscles, and all they’ll have left is the ability to judge. They’ll likely end up with only themselves to judge, cursed by the extent of their narcissism and vanity, begging to have the old days back. I, on the other hand, am going to be a very happy old man. I’ll just be proud looking at all the old pictures of me hanging out at the beach during my 20s :) Anyway, don’t waste your time feeling badly about how you look. Remind yourself that a person’s good soul will shine through no matter what they look like. That’s honestly so much more important to me than being in shape when it comes to other people. There’s also nothing wrong with wanting to work out… I mean, losing weight and gaining muscle can be a rewarding experience, but you HAVE to do it for the right reasons! Don’t believe that skinny people are automatically happier or any of that crap they tell you in the commercials for Bowflex or Shakeweight!! I’ve been skinny for two decades and a victim of depression for EIGHT! Weight and happiness share no correlation, so get that out of your head and find pure reasons to get fit! If you’d still like to join me in getting into summer shape, grab a Jillian Michaels DVD and start kicking ass! Haha it’s absolutely fine if you don’t though. :)
Also, to anyone who thinks it’s fine to call people “fat”, “flabby”, “chubby”, or anything like that, read this. Judging others based on their level of fitness might make you feel good right now, but remember that Time is ticking… and Time won’t treat you well if you’re a judgmental jackass :)
– Tommy Maverick