A “New” Me!

So, as I have been doing since October 17th, 2011; I went to the gym last night for my thrice weekly workout.  I see basically the same set of people every night that I go.  I like to refer to myself as the “formerly fat guy”.  There is the “girl who wears too much make up”, the “staffer who won’t stop hitting on every girl that walks by”, the “used to be a fat girl, but now is smokin hot”, and then there is the collection that I like to refer to as the “Meatheads”.


The Meatheads are a special group of dudes who wear their under armor shirts a little too tight; and their shorts a little too short and like to warm up with bicep curls.. then max out with bicep curls and cool down with more bicep curls.  Now, don’t get me wrong; they are all put together the right way; muscles on top of muscles and obviously they have been at this for a while.  Their work really pays off.  I can’t help but laugh when I see them flexing in the mirror while trying to look like they are just stretching.  I’d be lying if I weren’t just a little envious of their physiques.


Last night was slightly different for me.  You see, last week I decided to shave my goatee.  I haven’t been without facial hair in probably close to 16 years.  Michelle has only seen me without facial hair once; when I accidentally shaved it off before a friend’s wedding (OOOOOOPS).   I think that maybe I was hiding behind the facial hair.  I’m not sure why, I just always felt comfortable with it, and thats “who I was”.   I think the shaving was more symbolic of my metamorphosis into something new.  I’m creating a new life for myself and at the center of that is being healthy.  Why hide behind the d-bag goatee anymore!  Who knows, maybe I will grow it back.. just so my kids will recognize me again!  HA!  So, when I got to the gym and went to work on the dumbbells one of the meatheads came over to me and said “Hey, you shaved, it looks great. You look 10 years younger”.  So, I was totally in aww that one of the meatheads recognized me and complimented on how I looked.  That was pretty cool.    I then realized that if that meathead was writing a blog; maybe I was one of his “guys” that he would refer to with quotes around a description to be funny.


What should my “nickname” be?  I’m partial to “formerly really fat guy”.. but I’m open minded..


Anyhow:  This is what I look like now: