As a grown adult, I gained 130lbs, lost 70, netting a 60lb increase of muscle while decreasing bodyfat percent. I went to college at 160lbs. I did one of my last real bulks to 285 in Sept 2020, and I’m 240 now in March 2023.
People say, “if there’s no video, it didn’t happen.” But it’s really more like, “if you don’t KEEP reposting about it ad nauseam, and it doesn’t go viral, we all forget completely.” And I’ve come to see that forgetfulness as a convenient amnesia to ignore what’s possible.
I have changed so drastically so many times over the years that I’ve met people who can’t believe I was ever small, others who can’t believe I was ever huge, others who can’t believe I showed up untrained for a marathon, others who can’t believe I did a zero-momentum muscle up at nearly 250lbs, and so many others who are likewise in mutually exclusive disbeliefs… WHILE OBSERVING THE VERY THING THEY SAY THEY CAN’T BELIEVE.
This has taught me:
1.) people will believe the most convenient disempowering do-nothing narrative no matter what proof
2.) “that’ll never be me” has got to be the most popular lie on planet earth, except that people make it true through inaction
There are people reading this right now who haven’t got one person who believes in them. But I believe in them. And once they believe in themselves, that’ll make two. If as a society we can begin to embrace possibility, we might make a strand of three or more. And three cords won’t so easily be broken.