The Fitness Industry is Exhaustively Boring.
There are many reasons why I've pulled away from my former near FULL time commitment to educating and preaching a "fit" lifestyle.
1.) Same shit, different sound box.
Very little has changed in the fitness game over the years. When I first began my fitness journey and discovered all the wonderful knowledge that has helped me lose over 100lbs, gain a bunch of muscle and strength and has helped me keep my sanity while doing so was a blast. Flexible dieting, strength training, and tips and tricks to navigate the lifestyle were like crack to me. But, very few things are innovative in today's game. Everybody seems to be trading knocks, trying to prove why their method is superior, all the while people who have the better marketing are the ones who are able to sell. (The business behind the industry is infinitely more exciting than the science IMO.)
2.) Stupid is stupid is stupid is stupid
It's hard to educate when people just want to be ignorant. Forcing awareness onto people takes a special type of animal that I'm not willing to be. Education is the only thing that repels ignorance, and for those that are truly eager to learn, education on all topics is widely available. One merely has to go to google to find literally thousands of free resources to help them rectify the ignorance.
3.) Work is the only thing that works
People want quick, easy fixes to problems they don't even understand they have. Most of the issues that cause people to be overweight can be classified under medical, emotional, or habitual. All three of these require nothing short of an intervention. A hard stop in the road and a commitment to change.
Today I listened to a podcast from This American Life about being fat. It made me grateful for the tenacity I had with my journey and my willingness to do it without the aid of pharmaceuticals. It was a fairly heart breaking episode and as a person who has gone through similar woes, simultaneously infuriating.
I don't blame, shame, or hate people who are overweight/fat/heavy - whatever the correct title may be, but I also don't like to hear complaints or excuses. I don't have the time or the patience for it anymore. I've poured my heart and soul into this journey and have made a lifetime commitment. I've put every step of my journey on this blog and continue to work my ass off, inch by inch, brick by brick to be stronger, leaner, more muscular all while being the best bad-ass singer/actor I can possibly be. I'll wake up earlier, stay up later, skip out on parties, events, or even career opportunities to stay true to this journey. I'm all in, fully committed and I'll die before I quit.
So, if you're not willing to do the same, no big deal - just don't bug me about your situation.
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro