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OT: Some motivation from a NIKE ad
Good morning (well in Portland, OR it is morning time) fellow Clydes/Athenas! I just wanted to share to you all something that added some fuel in my fire for today and maybe some motivation for you all as well. I know this may not be truly "clyde-related" since this is not showing a biker but here's the story: I was on facebook this morning and as I was scrolling down, I see this nike ad showing a bigger guy running/jogging with the caption "Find your greatness". I loved it, so I "liked" it and commented on it.
I have a true relation to this picture because I used to weigh about 350+ pounds but after high school, made a goal to lose 150+ pounds and even got myself down to 175 at one point by losing weight the hardway - working my A** off at the gym. Up until I lost weight, I hated running with a passion and the only time i'd really run is when I played basketball and football. It really took motivation to lose all that weight. Some of you may of seen me write some variation of this story on this forum before but for those that don't know- some time ago, when I was high school and on the football team, a cheer leader made me a small banner and put it on my locker. I never use my locker but one day walked by it and noticed there was writing all over that banner. The comments read, "call 1-800-Jenny Craig", "Fat A**!!!", "needs to lose weight", "Fat Bastard", and too much more... It really hurt but the reminiscence consistently keeps me motivated.
Being a bigger guy, I know how much harder it is to get back into it and lose weight. I'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE and i'm sure many of you can relate (no offense). To see this nike ad was truly inspiring to me. THEN..... I read some of the comments above mine and let me copy and paste the responses:
"Everybody is an athlete. not if your fat"
"...mcdonalds is just the next block"
"and nike promised me shoes with a year supply of big macs"
Ok, i'll stop there... Seeing these comments really lit a fire under my belly this morning and because of that, i'm going to workout even harder today. They say, sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt. However, I was always tough guy but it was those words that hurt me the most and kept me inspired. I hope this post can motivate some of you this morning and/or moving forward. When you don't like what you hear, I always tell myself "DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!"
Last edited by Ronius_Maximus; 07-31-12 at 09:52 AM.