And, of course, you see what I look like.
After 31 years of lifting, and active adult lifestyle, the proof is in the trophies, the health, the esteem, and so on.
About once a week, I get a hate email from some fat person, telling me how awful I am. I'd argue that there's no excuse for being like that. It takes YEARS to get morbidly obese. I have the same 24 hours as anyone else, or vice versa. I think we can choose whether to grow old eloquently, or...whether to grow old and be lazy and take a ton of pills, etc. I chose the former, and I have no regrets. It's a pity that those folks lash out at me. I certainly don't have the will, nor give it value to lash out out folks online. The lashing out queers, as I call them, have some serious self esteem issues, and resent guys like me, who, at 46, can pull a 9.1 to 9.9 ratings day after day, run circles in the gym, and still party with the best. I truly believe we can control how we age.
Medicine in this country is so much about treatment, rather than prevention.
It may not be PC, but, if a kid is 80 pounds overweight, it's almost criminal not to intervene. Yet, the system is SO fucked up, that someone gets caught with some dope it's jail time. (I like what Canada does there, better.)
If someone is lazy, fat, out of shape, and complaining about aging, it's hard to find any compassion here. We shape much of our life.