It's becoming very clear to me that losing weight is not socially acceptable. Running is also not very socially acceptable, but in a different way.
People who are overweight may (or may not) want to lose weight, but one thing I'm finding is they sure love to make subtle barbs at people who are (or appear to be) skinny.
In the last week or so, a waitress asked if I'd been sick before saying oh, that's right you've been running a lot.
A city official said I'd just been wilting away to nothing. She observed that before I started running and losing weight - that's about 30 pounds ago for those keeping track - she thought I was real skinny and didn't need to lose weight.
A co-worked the next day said I was wasting away and clearly needed to eat more.
Meanwhile, I think that if I lose around 10 pounds I'd probably run better and faster.
Sure I'm sure fat people hear worse. Fat jokes. Cruel things. But it just feels like (and maybe my feelings are wrong) but it feels like it's equally if not moreso socially acceptable to poke fun at skinny people. And it also seems that no woman really ever wants to go out with a skinny guy but that they're always looking for huge bodybuilders or just huge people in general.
People might say they want to lose weight and be skinny or reach their ideal weight. But I doubt they mean it. Most people enjoy the taste of trans-fatty acids and twinkies and high fructose corn syrup. I like health foods and exercise and getting real sweaty.
I am more and more convinced that most people don't want to lose weight and they don't think it's particularly healthy. I know some people are naturally larger and gain weight easily. But still I'm becoming a wee bit bitter and I think most people just don't care to be disciplined and try to find a way to lose weight.
Heck, I didn't even start running to lose weight. I just couldn't stand so physically out of shape and I fell in love with the idea of running a marathon. And I got in much better shape and I finished the race. And I discovered a newfound joy in running.
Who cares if I'm not the average football star from your video