So there I was. Driving my own speed boat, t-shirt on and bandana! on head. I wasn’t even bald yet, the bandana was a fashion statement. I was truly in to hip hop in my teens and at this stage, I was 17 years old, driving my own speed boat, boom box on full volume blasting out the latest Public Enemy beats, maybe some Fat Boys (hey, they called themselves that!) and definitely some A Tribe Called Quest. Bonita Applebum.
I was 17, thought I was pretty cool, bandana was sitting just right, my speed boat was maxed out at 35 knots/hour (no other way of driving it!) and Fight The Power was pumping out of the speakers. Couldn’t really hear it over the engine noise though but I’m sure all the people enjoying the sun and the beach, trying to have a quiet time with their families, did.
It also didn’t worry me that the speed boat was a 30 year old piece of junk that no one else thought was cool, it was still funky to me.
Those things didn’t worry me too much.
What did worry me was that it was a superhot day, 25 degrees (yo, that’s hot in Sweden!) and I was still wearing my super loose t-shirt over my translucent skin. I pretended that it was to not get burnt but it the real issue was I was embarrassed about the way I looked.
I had fantasized for years, since probably 12 years old, that I was going to one day have a boat and look like Brad Pitt (in fight club) just having all the girls attention. I didn’t.
My gut was just as loose as my t-shirt. I was fit but it didn’t show.
Pretty much since then, I thought to myself every year that I was going to look like fitness model. Next year. Then the next and so on.
It never happened. I waited too long to get started each year, and gave up once I realised I wasn’t going to make it. There’s always next year.
Now I know better. I know you can’t stop, you can never quit and that’s not just for vanity reasons. Fitness is forever and without it you are never going to be fully healthy.
You may be fully sick bro, like I thought i was on that speed boat, or fully sick from not having taken care of yourself over the years, but you wont’ have maximum health.
Yes, I know you can get injured, I know you can still get sick, but you can at least try to be the best version of yourself.
The strongest and fittest possible.
I still don’t look like a fitness model but I look a hell of a lot better now that I’m about to turn 40 than what i did when I was 17. I’m not ashamed to take my shirt off on the beach either. I might even get a speed boat for next summer, Pump Up the Volume on Bring The Noice (Public Enemy) and put a bandana on, just to relive my teens the way I pictured myself back then.
Because that’s what it’s all about, feeling confident to enjoy life, enjoy the beach and enjoy summer without sweating excessively because you[‘re wearing a long sleeve shirt to cover up. It’s not about modelling or being Brad Pitt, but finding something a little bit better than a happy medium.
So if you want to join me on that speed boat next summer, register for one of our challenges below and we will help you get started and finding that consistency that’s needed. You will lose weight, get stronger and fitter.
Plus you may get to go on my boat. I may even let you change the music…