What inspires you to get better? To get healthier?

For me it started with my son. The desire to be able to run around with him for many years to come was my inspiration. I didn’t want to sit on the sideline and watch because I was too fat to keep up. That has since changed with the addition of my baby girl. Today I am driven to get healthier simply because I have finally shown myself that I can be thin(ner) than I have ever been.

Even though I am self driven now to continue to get healthier I see things from time to time that still inspire me. For some guys that might be a pretty girl. For some it might be a shirt or pair of pants they want to fit in. Some might be inspired by a friend or family member who recently lost weight. Sometimes it is a fleeting image that catches your eye and inspires.

Today at the gym there was a guy who was bigger. I can’t say how much he weighed but I am guessing that at one point in my life I was as big as he is. He was working with a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness and the trainer had him doing some sort of power clean – more like a ground to shoulders as form wasn’t really discussed – with a fairly light weight. The guy was repping them out pretty good and any of us who has tried to complete consecutive rounds of power cleans knows how tiring rep after rep of taking that weight from the floor to your shoulders can be.

I will never hate on anyone who is at the gym trying to get better. I wish I could have taken a video of him doing the work because while he wasn’t performing the best example of form he was still working. I cannot hate on anyone at the gym working up a sweat. It is those lazy people (not always visibly fat – one can be fat on the inside) that sit around on equipment waiting two, three or four minutes between sets. They never get their heart rate up and you can tell that the last rep they performed was just as easy as the first. What a waste of time. They probably tell their friends they went to the gym and “worked out” even though no work was being performed. They probably also use their gym time as an excuse to eat that donut at work even though they could have burned about as many calories sitting in front of the TV as they did “working out”.

Anyway, sorry for the rant, it happens. Continue reading

Delusional about your own weight

Is this healthy? No, it is not.

There have been quite a few studies or surveys lately in which participants were asked if they thought they were overweight or obese and if they thought their kids were overweight or obese. A large portion of those who were asked seriously underestimated how overweight themselves or their kids really were.

This study in 2010 pegged the number of overweight people that think they are not overweight at 30%.

This study is particularly scary considering what parents are doing to their kids – unknowingly!

I think there is a trend that some overweight individuals are starting to rebel. For quite sometime the “perfect woman” has been a super model who is super thin. That is mostly unattainable and being that thin is not healthy, either. Not for one second do I think every woman should look like a super model, I would rather they look strong and healthy. However, I am seeing a lot more posts on Facebook, articles on the internet or segments on talk shows from flat out obese woman saying they are fine with their health and “to hell with society” – or something along those lines. That is being delusional. Continue reading