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I started liking the thought of making these changes in my life. I grew attached to the idea of finally doing whatever it took to be in the best shape of my life. I fell in love with the notion that I could look incredible, feel incredible, and act incredible in ways that I never had before. And I declared to myself and a few others that I was going to make these changes with or without this show.
After a while, the producer came back to me and said they had gone another route, chosen another person, and casted somebody else in the role.
I told her, “that’s cool. Thanks for the opportunity.” I wasn’t sad in the least. As big a part of me thought the show would be fun, an equal part of me didn’t want that kind of notoriety changing my life. She replied something to the effect of “wow, I’m glad you’re handling this so well.” I guess she was expecting me to be super bummed.
As soon as I got off the phone, I scheduled my first training with my new personal trainer. I’ll introduce you to him later on. I sat down and I looked at a list I had saved in my phone. It was titled “To do and improve if they choose me.” I deleted the “if they choose me” part and decided to do everything on that list anyway.
You see, it wasn’t about them anymore. It was about me. I needed to care about me more than I did some short-lived show. I needed to believe in myself more than I needed anybody else to. I needed to achieve what I’d wanted to achieve for more than three decades but never had. It was my time. It was Dan time.
And so, I hope you’ll let me share this journey with you as it happens for me. My goal is still four months, though I know it may take longer than that. I am going to be fit, toned, and in the best shape of my life. I am going to keep getting walloped by my trainer several times a week. And I am going to do what for some reason I’m not scared to do anymore… share pictures of it all with you. Real pictures. From the beginning, to the end.
You see, I’m the master of sucking in my gut. I’m the master of making myself appear skinnier than I actually am. I know what clothes will hide my chubbiness more than others. I am really good at sorting out only the best pictures of myself from my albums.
So, here are my official before photos. Shared with thousands, showing me at the chubbiest I’ve been in a long, long time. You can’t hide much when you’re practically neckid.
Funny thing is, it’s only been a month and I already am seeing huge improvements. But… you’ll just have to wait and see as I write about this journey and do my final unveiling at the end (hopefully July 10th).
I love the new love I have for myself. I love that I’m doing this for myself. I almost wish everybody on earth could have a similar opportunity more or less offered to them so that they could be forced to dig deep inside and find the two truths I found in all of this.
The truth that says, “you’re just as good and sexy and wanted as anyone else.” And, the truth that says, “you can do this, you need to do this, and you will do this.”
They didn’t pick me for the show. But I picked me for the show. And what a show it’s going to be.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Any and all comments welcome. Cheerleaders welcome. Free gift certificates to the circus are also welcome.
Oh, and be sure to follow my “Me Want 2 B Strong Man” board on Pinterest! I’ll be posting lots of stuff along the way that won’t be showing up on my blog. So far there’s not much yet because I’ve been waiting until after this post was done.
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