Do you think its sad if people live there entire lives without ever seeing there 6 pacs fully defined? I am coming near to the end of my weight loss journey and I probably would not of made it this far if I didnt stumble upon the paleo lifestyle all credit due to Mark Sisson, but my abs are starting to shine through and im not sure why, but it has really increased my mood from being gernerally happy to being really happy, maybe its cause my weight loss journey is almost over or maybe its because im feeling and looking better then ever before, either way I was just thinking that potentially the majority of the population eating the standard american diet and not being very active, will probably never see there abs. Do you think this is a little depressing? From losing weight seeing all the contours and newly formed muscular cuts and edges is really something I think everyone should see, I was just wondering the general opinion on this!
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on May 09, 2013
at 07:37 PM
No, I don't think it's sad at all. Different people want different things. Some people like to see their abs, some people like to eat junk-food. In a parallel universe, some guy on some donut-worshipping forum might be asking a question to his fellow donut-lovers if they think it's sad that some people give up donuts and other tasty foods just to get ripped.
on May 14, 2013
at 12:32 PM
This is an interesting question coming from someone who accused me of being vain because of my choice of avatar, and then proceeded to call me a douche bag, but I'll answer it anyway because there is a relevant quote that I've been turning over in my head for many years now. It's by Socrates and it goes:
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable."
I think it's a very powerful quote, and I certainly do seem to live by it. But, I don't claim to be the most precocious 20-something year old old on the planet, and definitely not the most enlightened of all us men, so the quotes I live by are probably not he most pragmatic. It is one relevant authoritative perspective though (Socrates', not mine :P), so I thought I'd share it if you weren't already aware.
I think it's important, however, to be aware and remember that another person's trash is a another's treasure, and vice versa. Just as you are enamored of your developing midsection, someone else may share precisely that same emotional/physiological response, but just focus it upon an entirely different cause (and one that is perhaps by "objective" economic measurement of opportunity costs and net cost and benefits a more "noble" one).
Who are you to dictate the belief system of others and where their prioritize should lie, Just as who am I to dictate yours? What is often helpful, is to lay out your best argument, and then invite others to consider it, all the while attempting not to reserve an opinion, but to reserve judgement, if that makes sense.
I'm beginning to sound like my father and it's scaring me so I'll stop now.
on May 09, 2013
at 07:09 PM
No, I don't think it's sad. Different people have different goals. I think we all want to look good but not everyone's definition of good will include a 6 pack. However saying that I wouldn't mind one!
on May 10, 2013
at 01:34 PM
No, I don't think so.
I think it's sad if people live their entire lives without moving.
If you're exercising, feeling your heart-rate go up, feeling the lactic-acid burn in your legs after a run, feeling the sweat drip down your skin.. that's living.
I mean, crap, abs are great.. but cranking out 10 dead-hang pullups and outrunning your friends seems a bit more satisfying. With that in mind, at least the means is something you enjoy, not just the end.
on May 14, 2013
at 12:49 PM
I'm partial to agreeing. If seeing your abs, other muscles etc is indicative of a healthy lifestyle that makes you feel incredible then yes, absolutely, 100% it is sad.
What I think is sad are the people who have so little energy, slowly going about their lives without a goal. In contrast I literally bounce around whatever I'm doing, and part of that is because I've become the force for change in my own life and it motivates to be a better version of myself.
on May 10, 2013
at 04:45 AM
I myself, am looking to lose weight, find that definition. At the same time it's not sad if someone else doesn't want that. Hell, I think a girl looks nice with a little curve to her. In other words, I don't want to go home to Starla at night...