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Ive worked my ass off to look good for girls Ive liked in the past, but once you get that girl you let yourself go. I think thats fairly commonplace as I have lots of friends who gain weight once they are in a relationship. Ive finally found my own inner motivation, the drive of a challenge and it took me years to find. Josh, I hear you about many people not being motivated. Its hard to try and motivate people without preaching to them, you know? No one wants to be preached to, especially when its coming from someone who working out comes so easily (WE know its not easy to stay in shape, but we make it look easy)
One thought, is that many of the gamers in our culture were not the "jock" in school. Since they were not talented at any particular sport, they chose other hobbies that they WERE good at. These hobbies were a stationary activities, gaming.
I was one of these people, but found that I dont need to have the coordination to catch a ball or the speed to out run a throw to 2nd base in order to be in great shape. I really began working out about a year or two ago. I wasnt terribly out of shape, but I didnt look great with my shirt off to be honest. Now, Im participating in long distance cycling, weight lifting, kickboxing, yoga, and Im even training for a warrior's dash this spring. Not to mention I like taking my shirt off at the beach now. Im still not athletic in the least bit, but Im in great shape and I still game as much as I can. I want to be around to play games when Im 80.
I would like to see gamers break the shackles and get healthy. Granted, there are plenty of gamers that are skinny (that does not mean healthy though) so Im generalization. Based on PAX East; however, I would say its a generalization with some truth. I would love to see a sub culture of the gaming culture for all those deciding to turn their lives around and care what they do to their bodies.
This is a long post and Im not sure how to end it, but I think we all need to take a long hard look in the mirror. Its not about looking great in the mirror (although its a great side effect) but about living life to its fullest and longest. (I am well aware that you could have ended many of my sentenced with "thats what she said" -_- )
One beer I cant wait to have again is Sam Smiths Oatmeal ale, its like breakfast in a bottle, so good!