Thursday, May 19, 2011

I am the LyonHart, hear me wheeze!

I suppose I owe you guys an introduction to myself, and why I thought of this blog in the first place. I'm what you'd call an "adult onset obesity" sufferer. I was like any other kid, skinny as a rail, running around, playing soccer then baseball, basketball, and basically just running around alot. Then I fell in love with computers as I crossed double digits and stopped moving entirely, while not stopping my love for burgers and sugary sodas. Cut  ahead a couple decades and here I am, 30 and, as can be seen in the previous post, too fat to be measured on normal human scales.

I got into MMA through professional wrestling. I was always a wrestling fan as a kid, and still am to this day. At a certain point as MMA was gathering steam they started to cross promote and I realized MMA was not as confined and ultimately silly as boxing, and was not as fanciful and form based as traditional martial arts competitions. It was real wrestling mixed with kick boxing, boxing, and something new to me called Jiu Jitsu. Before long I was watching more MMA than wrestling on a weekly basis, then there was a blending of worlds...

This is Brock Lesnar, at one time my favorite Wrestler in the WWE, and currently one of my favorite fighters in MMA. I know, you're thinking "Who wouldn't be enamored with that guy, he's clearly a people person" but I had a kinship with him from the first time he appeared on WWE television. See, when he came to the ring for his first match, the ring annoucer called out "Standing 6 foot 1 inch tall, weighing in at 295 pounds, Brock Lesnaarrrrr!"

That's when a switch went off in my mind, way back then. I thought to myself hey... I'm 6 foot 1 inch tall, and I weigh 295 pounds... yet, I seem to wear it quite differently. From that day I've always look at Brock as sort of a divergent universe version of me. If my life had taken a very different path, I could be that guy. Not taking into genetics, I understand it's a very simplistic view of the situation. However, when I started my weight loss regimen, I thought of MMA again. Brock still walks around at about 300 pounds, and has to cut his weight down to 265 for every fight. Me on the otherhand, no longer walk around at about 300 pounds, somewhere closer to 350 pounds, and as soon as I get my big fat people scale in the mail I'll give you an exact number. Still, I thought if Brock can get down to 265 for each fight, I can down to 265 in the span of 6 months. 

After all, I like being a big guy, but if you are too heavy to be a heavyweight, then you've crossed the line.

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