Real talk here guys cause I feel like we all need to hear this…how many of us are ashamed or embarrassed of our bodies? RIGHT?
Have you ever said to yourself?
I am BIG – I am Fat – I am Ugly – I am Jolly – I am Happy – I am Alive – I am Real – I am a Daddy – I am a Hubby – I break the Chain of Society – I Live Fully – I am Here to Help – I Lead to help others Learn to Lead – I am STRONG – I am Imperfect and Human!
I SURE DID!
I know for me since a kid, whenever I used to put on my skating stuff or a swim suit I felt like everyone was staring at my fat. I was a fat kid and I am still a big man today. A really big man I totally break the mold of my skating world friends.
I have had coaches and producers and people in general tell me that I am too big, to fat to do what I love to do. I have had skin calipers pinch me thousands of times and measure my body with rulers, and weigh me in on the scale. Not always for my benefit but so it would bring me to the place where I would fit in to a norm.
There is nothing normal about me peeps. Not one thing!
Hey I tip the scale at 256 lbs and I take pride in doing what I do because I stopped listening as a young kid and still today to having to be like every one else. Skinny mini! Impossible! I was born to be big-boned and strong. Kind of like a Canadian lumber jack!
I was so uncomfortable in my own skin when those people were around me and it made me so self-conscious that I wore sport shirts over my swim suit or I would hide under my jackets when in my costumes. I loved dressing up but I hated when I was judged. Dang why did I do such a judgmental sport? Oh I know because I wanted to prove everyone wrong.
I have been on tv productions that they cover me right up because of my size. Trust me that is true. But all in all I still to this day and i feel amazing in my spirit.
I had and still have this perfect body in mind even when I was painted in Blue in London 2012, and if I didn’t look like hot or ripped like that other guy, I wanted to crawl into my shell and hide from the world.
You now if you are a coach or a producer encourage your athlete or performer to get healthy not for ego but your healthy lifestyle to prosper and grow spiritually. If I worked on my core ideals instead of feeling pain and knowing that the people around me were motivated because they wanted me to be as fit and strong as I could be to keep me in the game longer my mindset would have been different. I would not look at this situation as pain.
Yes there have been times when personally would set out to starve myself and over exercise two days before I had to get into that dreadful costume for competition. I remember two of my coaches saying to me Sean you are so big it won’t look right you need to go one a diet and stop eating.
I had one of those flash backs the other day and it stimulated me to say EFF it all. I love my food. There are some foods you and I need to stay away from because they hurt the body. Go #ORGANIC GMF’s (genetically modified foods) I hate you but I love the joy that good foods brings to my life.
My wife is amazing as she has the perfect look and body for our sport, and thanks be to God she stayed with me all these years. I know no matter what she and I and our friends rock it out on the ice day after day and getting the people to engage with our hearts and souls in what we love to do.
The smile, the performance, the people we are genuine that is for sure.
Looking back I wish I could have shaken that old self and said no one cares!! But people look to put you down, or find a way to hold you down. I say grow spiritually people.
As a person we think so many bad things about ourselves anyhow. Things that doesn’t even cross another person’s mind we are doing it to ourselves. Never let yourself dull your sparkle.
It’s truly sad that sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Do yourself a favor, Accept your body and spirit for whom you are but do your self an even better favor be honest to who you are. Grow and find your potential. We all need goals and start with good thoughts and finding your strengths in life.
Be a good soul, be good to you, eat right but eat to stay healthy. Fuel yourself with wholesome foods. Hydrate your body with great water for the soul to flourish. Do physical activity that excites you and that you can have an adventure with is key.
There is some sort of exercise for everyone no matter your body shape. When we are good to our bodies we will naturally be happier people, endorphins are released and fill the body with happiness.
Be mentally tough and literally say F-you to the naysayers ‘cause you have to be happy with you. I believe in you!
This sport and fitness journey I have loved and lived all my life has made me realize that God gave me this body and it’s my job to take care of it. He made me the way I am and I can’t change it so I’m going to accept it 😀.
I am pretty sure you are in the same boat too, so start now with clean air, super hydrating water, and good food, lots of rest, exercise, meditation and prayers and make small calculated positive changes that compound every single day for the rest of your lives.
You will be wealthy and rich with the love you find within you and share your passion with others.
You are the only one that can be that special you inside that needs to be shared with the world.
Be the best you can be.
Now watch me get fitter and healthier as I age cause my life is all about the best #ANTI-OXIDANTS in history. #H2 #H2O for #ANTI-AGING and I use hydrogen to kick times ass.
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