My apologies on my absence from the blog. I have been working on a couple of music projects that have taken up a lot of my time. I will reveal more information on those later, but today I want to revisit the land of physical fitness.
As you know, I have been doing the P90X fitness program. This week marks the completion of the first month of my second round of P90X! When I started working out a little over four months ago, I never thought I would be here. However, I did set the bar very high for myself: I firmly set my goal and I began working toward it.
Today, it is not my goal that drives me forward, it the journey that keeps me motivated. What I mean is that I have come to discover that exercise and fitness is not about a six pack…not entirely anyway. It’s about taking charge of your life. It is about making healthy choices and ending bad habits. It’s about breaking the quick-fix cycle our consumer culture is all to eager to sell to you and making real changes that takes time, energy and dedication.
As I make these changes, I grow tired of seeing commercials of overweight women slim down right before our eyes wearing nothing but a sleazy bikini. This woman is sold to us as if the bikini was she all had to live for. I am tired of seeing weight loss commercials for men that claim you can eat your burger and fries and still lose the weight – as if burgers are the only thing men live for (actually…).
If I can travel back in time for just a moment, I used to listen to Susan Powter’s radio show back in the 90s. Remember her? She’s the Stop the Insanity! creator. Say what you will about her craziness (and I’ll probably agree) but her passion for healthy living is undeniable, and a bit infecting. On top of that, she’s a very smart, well-read person. In recent years I haven’t really kept up with Susan, so I was bit surprised to see a recent video of her on YouTube pop up during a recent search I had made. I have linked it below because I find the message of the video very refreshing.
The point to all of this is that It’s time we as a nation started having real conversations about health and fitness. It’s time to toss away all the gadgets and gizmos that don’t work. It’s time to stop acting like bikinis are the only real reason to want to exercise, and most importantly, it’s time to get in touch with the food we eat! I don’t care what kind of exercise you do, just do it! I found something that works for me, what works for you?
In the straight world, it’s acceptable for men to be out of shape, sports-watching, beer-bellied tools. We even make furniture for these lazy bastards. Have you seen the sofas that have cup holders and built in remote controls? Many of them even recline. Are we so lazy that we have to have special cup holders in our furniture? Apparently, the answer is yes.
In the gay universe, the picture of what a man should look like is often very different. Sure, we do have the ‘bear’ community is that is all about excessive body hair and leather, but then there are the rest of us. Most magazines that cater to gay men are full of advertisements featuring some smooth half-naked man with washboard abs and a butt you could bounce a quarter off of. This doesn’t upset me. Images of men with firm athletic bodies are the norm in our culture. Rush Limbaugh need not apply.
The point is that society sends mixed messages as to what we should look like. As a result, many of us have had to deal with body image issues. For me, it started at a young age. I was always the puny little kid in school who was asked to play ‘skins’ during a game of dodge ball with those hard red rubber balls. I was always picked last on every team challenge in PE class. I had the grace and speed of a turtle and very little strength to boot. I was the kid that got hit by the baseball because I was too afraid to get out of the way. On a good day, I kept the bench warm for the other players.
But now, all these years later, it’s my turn. I have just completed my first round of P90X and have started my second. I am the fucking alpha dog now and nothing is going to stop me! No red rubber balls, no playground bullies – nothing. I can punch and kick like it’s nobody’s business. I can even show a Yogi a thing or two with my moves. So, while the bullies of yesteryear are drinking and eating fatty foods while they sit on their sofas complete with cup holders and built-in remote, I am now in the best shape I have ever been in. I’m takin’ back the power and it feels really good.
I will be blogging periodically on my P90X progress. If you are also on the program – especially if you were a geeky gay kid, let’s work together to ensure our success. And Tiffany, I know you’ve been wanting to try the program, so now is your chance!
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I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather – I guess I was still contagious after all when we met for lunch last week! If it is any consolation, I have enjoyed reading the comments on our blog and at Reddit regarding your post on DADT. You certainly know how to rile up the crowd!
Tiffany, I just want to share a quick update on topics I will be blogging about this week.
For starters, my boxed-set edition of OMD’s History of Modern arrived in the mail and I have lots to say about it! I am currently drafting a review of the album and will post it later this week. Have you heard the new album, Tiffany? I should let you listen to it so we can discuss it with our readers in greater detail here on the blog.
Next, I picked up a copy of the highly-anticipated Civilization V and have been spending some time with the game. Now, I have never reviewed a video game before, and the thought of reviewing a Civilization game is a bit daunting to me. But, I would like to spend time talking about the game. I’ve been having fun talking about the game on Reddit, so I look forward to brining the conversation to our blog.
Lastly, I have started my second round of P90X this week! I started P90X a little over three months ago and began with the ‘lean’ version of the program. I did this because I wanted to lose weight and build lean muscle mass. In the process I lost about 25 pounds and I’ve never felt better. Now I want to build tone (watch out, Aussie boys!) and definition. I will be sharing my P90X experience here on our blog. Tiffany, I know you have been wanting to start the program, so now is your chance. And, for our readers who are interested in P90X, I hope my experience will inspire you to BRING IT!
Looking forward to the conversation,