The Body Month

I’m going to do something a little different this month on my blog, shift focus a bit.  For the month of November I’m going to tackle body weight and body image.  I’m not doing this because I think I have answers, I’m not trying to offend anyone… like this persons. (Offensive Blog Post)  I’m just doing this because I think it’s something we rarely talk about.

So let’s dive right into it…  I’ve always had a body image problem which most

circa 2002 - punk kids with their shorts hanging off their ass

people would find surprising because I’m 6’3” and built like an NFL linebacker.  But when your older brother is professional athlete and looks like an action figure, you can help but play the comparison game.  I am fully aware that his job is to be a physical specimen but not to long ago it was my job to be in shape as well.  I guess my body weight problem comes from the fact that since I’ve stopped playing sports I haven’t felt like myself. (An extra 40lbs will do that to you) When I finished playing college basketball I did a decent job staying active but after a while I started to lose the wrestling match with food.  Then just like that 5lbs turned into 10… 10 turned into 20 and now we’re here.

I wouldn’t say I’m fat, I think soft would be the more appropriate description.  Over the last couple years I’ve been relying on my bedroom eyes and wit to charm the ladies.  So this November I’m going to start a journey to get back to a comfortable weight… get back to being myself.  For the next 30 days I’m going to give up meat and booze (some people have a sweet tooth, I have a meat tooth) because those two things in excess are large contributors to why I’m where I am.  Also for the next 30 days I’m going to brutalize my body in the gym, my inner athlete has fallen asleep… I think it’s about time I wake him up.

So for the next four Mondays I will be posting my progress, my thoughts, and my temptations.   Along with my progress I’ll be posting on issues that I think lead to a negative perception of body image and things that lead weight gain.  Again… I’m not doing this because I think I have answers, and my methods aren’t for everyone and probably shouldn’t be mimicked.  I think the biggest thing people fail to see when it comes to body weight is the fact that we are all extremely different.  What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander.

I also think it’s important that people understand that this is just a kick start to my athletic motor, and I’m not doing this as quick fix.  A healthy lifestyle is something that needs to be sustained.

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8 responses to “The Body Month

  1. Wow, you are awesome! Why do I think it’s always women with the body image issues? You are right about there being no quick fixes. A healthy lifestyle is indeed essential.

    And I totally lost weight when I gave up meat. So did Bill Clinton! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqvjCIKoo8M

    You can, too. I’m rooting for ya (not that you need it :))!

  2. Good on you! I agree with SingleGirlie…we never stop to think about how men feel about their physical self. Personally, I know I’ve made excuses about letting myself get lax in my workout routine. But, we can always turn it around, right?

  3. All the best to you Turn, I look forward to hearing how it goes. I too have started to awaken my inner athlete. She’s hiding under 43 pounds of baby weight.

  4. Go on with your bad self. Glad to see you dealing with this in a mostly healthy way.

  5. Great post. I like your openness regarding the issue. I think more men have body issues than they wish to acknowledge. Props to you 🙂

  6. PS did you realize you’re going to be completing 2 of your 30 before 30’s! Woo!

  7. I’m glad you’re doing this for yourself. You had an issue with your body image, so you are taking initiative and doing something about it. Good for you! I’m working on the same thing, so I know what it’s like. Good luck. I look forward to hearing about your progress 😀

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