#00Buck Posted August 31, 2016 Share Posted August 31, 2016 I’m not the fattest person at the gym. However, when I first joined I was certainly in the top ten. I’m still far fatter than most people who go there but I can also lift more than twice as much as they can and I could probably bench press some of the smaller women. There’s a girl who sometimes goes to the gym at the same time as me. She looks like a ball. In fact every part of her body is round and looks like a ball including her face. She literally has no chin. When she moves she sweats. I mean even the most normal movement like walking. She is also very young which in a way is tragic and also in a way redeeming. Old people have a hard time losing weight. Younger people have a faster metabolism and more energy so they can get in shape quicker. I’ve chosen to have a personal trainer. This is an expensive option but you get results right away and I want to be in shape yesterday if possible. One of the trainers was having a group session and they were short one person. They invited this round person into the group and the first exercise involved weights so he said “everyone run to the weight rack and grab some weights.” She waddled off slowly. “Run!” The trainer said being friendly and encouraging. “No” was the reply from the slow moving round ball of a person. I looked at the trainer. We were both shocked. I thought to myself “why is she even coming here? She is paying for a talisman. I don’t talk to anyone at the gym except for the trainers. There are a few exceptional people who I’ve approached because they have amazing skills. There is one beautiful woman who can lift an amazing amount of weight just using the muscles in her ass. There is a skinny black man who can catch medicine balls while balancing on an inflatable exercise ball. One guy does his pushups while doing a handstand. There is an old Chinese man who in spite of being elderly is dedicated to his daily work out. Everyone else I simply observe and what I’ve noticed is that they all change. In the time I have been there everyone is in better shape. Unless of course they were in excellent shape to begin with. Those people just look the same. But everyone has lost weight or gained muscle. Except for the ball. The ball always looks the same. A talisman is an amulet or charm thought to possess mystical powers when worn by a person. The thing about a talisman is that in real life they don’t give you special powers. Joining a gym will not make you healthy. You have to actually exercise. I don’t know who to blame for the phenomenon of people buying things and thinking they will magically have an improvement in their life. I guess this concept is as old as time and I can’t wait for it to die. Buying the watch, car, cottage, stocks, perfume, dress, handbag, power up, or whatever that will finally fix your life is all a distraction. I don’t like looking at the ball. Not because they are fat. It is because they are accomplishing nothing in a place where people have come to achieve goals. I can’t stand people getting in the way and taking up space and cluttering the visual landscape with their lack of effort. Fitting in isn’t hard. There’s only one thing you need to do to be accepted. Try. I think everyone has a story or a reason for why there are in a place where they don’t want to be. There is a saying that “miserly loves company.” I actually think it should be “misery loves sympathy.” I find truly miserable people want others to feel bad for them. Admirable people want no part of sympathy. They just want to get on to the next step. They are tired of being where they are. There are mirrors everywhere at the gym. I feel like telling this person to look in the mirror and ask them if they are happy with what they see. I feel like asking them when they want to be a better person. The answer I’d be looking for is “today.” There is no reason not to do something about it. If they decided to try I wouldn’t see them as being in the way anymore. They would be part of a landscape full of people trying hard to meet their goals. They could go from eyesore to inspirational in less than a minute. I’m not perfect. I’m sure you’re all too aware of that by now. I also don’t buy magical charms in an attempt to effortlessly change my life. When I look in the mirror I’m never happy with what I see. I try every day to change something about myself for the better. I’ll probably never be the person I want to be but I won’t stop trying. 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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