I just thought of something. It’s kind of funny to me, because this has never crossed my mind before. And I only thought that it was strange that I hadn’t thought of it before. So here it is: What if I started training the way that I am now, when I got out of college? That would have meant that I never stopped working out, but that I took what I now know about training and nutrition and implemented it. What if I started living a healthy lifestyle back then? If I had continued to be active and made some changes to my training so that I would meet my current goals earlier, than who knows what kind of shape I would have been in for the last 26 years. Who knows what I would be doing. I’m sure it would have had quite an impact on my life. But no matter what, I would not want to go back and change it. I’m actually glad that I didn’t live a healthy lifestyle my entire life. Being fat and out of shape was something that I needed. Maybe it sounds strange to you that I would say that. You might wonder why, I’m glad that at one time I was so out of shape that a doctor told me that I was going to pop. I’ll tell you why. It’s because I overcame certain challenges to get to the point in my life that I am at right now. It wasn’t easy. In doing this I was able to strengthen my mind. I was able to learn how to control myself. I am also able to put myself in other people’s shoes and understand what they are feeling and I know what they will have to go through to reach their goals. At one time I was in someone else’s shoes. Sometimes it seems like it was a dream. I remember the person that I was but it doesn’t seem real to me. I have learned so much more in these last 3 years then I have during the rest of my life. The reason for it is only because of what I put myself through to get here. A lot of the things that I have learned are about myself and it helps me relate to other people. From my point of view, most of the things that I learned, could only be learned coming from a miserable place. What I mean by that is that I had mentally put myself in a place that was full of misery (lack of goals, drive, determination and confidence. And an abundance of depression and negative thoughts.) I was able to dig myself out and end up on the polar opposite side.
If I hadn’t faced any of these challenges, than I probably wouldn’t appreciate what it took to get there. More than likely I would be a cocky prick, who may understand what hard work is, but doesn’t realize what people go through when facing tougher challenges or for that matter any challenges. I would probably take the things that I had for granted and feel entitled. I still don’t have everything figured out and I am constantly learning. I am also increasing my goals. If I ever become satisfied I might just fall back into my old ways. I need something to drive me. One of those things is passing on what I have learned to others. It’s only fair, because I constantly get knowledge, motivation and inspiration from others.
You made a great transformation and you should be very proud of it.