Are you overweight? A little out of shape? Maybe you’re extremely overweight and your health and self-esteem are both in the toilet. It can be especially hard if you’ve been overweight your entire life. You’ve most likely learned bad eating and fitness habits (meaning none) and have no clue how to change. In addition, working out and eating right can be very difficult, especially in the beginning.
But, there is hope. I am living proof.
In spite of being skinny as a child, I turned into a chubby preteen. I think the video games had something to do with it. Whatever the reason, it sucked. I got out of breath walking up the stairs, was on a first name basis with the lunch ladies, and sweated too much. That was appropriate because I always wore sweat pants. I didn’t care about my looks because I felt so defeated.
But, when I turned fourteen, I reached a mental limit. I was tired of being overweight and unpopular. So, I read up on health and fitness and decided to start slowly. I substituted healthy foods for the bad ones. I got off my butt and started lifting weights and running.
Eventually I lost around fifteen pounds and gained a lot of muscle. I felt so much better and became pretty fit. I joined the football and baseball teams and found success there. Girls paid more attention to me and I earned more respect from the guys. Even today, I am physically fit and it benefits me greatly in my interactions with men and women.
If you aren’t sure where to start, we can help. While we haven’t talked too much about health and fitness previously, we are going to say more about it. While you can certainly be overweight and unhealthy – and still be popular – being fit and thin will make you popular more quickly and easily. For whatever reason, we’re hard wired as human beings to prefer people who are not too overweight.
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