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Old 08-31-2006, 10:28 PM   #1
 
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This is long -- but it's gotta point to it. Bear with me.

I wrestled in high school. For those of you not familiar with the sport, each competitor is placed in a weight class. Making a long story short, pretty much everyone was always trying to lose weight in order to compete in the weight class below. It was not uncommon for someone to wrestle in a class that was 15 - 20 lbs below their true weight. The main reason for this was to be able to wrestle smaller people. But nobody was ever smaller --- cuz everyone dropped weight. So you get two guys in the 160 lb class --- but both of em probably normally weigh in the 170s.

I was no different; for three years, I hung around the 112/119 weight class. My true weight was around 130, 135, if I remember right.

The methods used to lose that kind of weight are irrelevant to the story --- but they're painful and unhealthy. In fact, "cutting weight", or "making weight" became more of a sport than the actual wrestling was.

There were times I'd make weight for a match --- and then go back to the locker room and gorge on all kinds of food that I had spent a week dreaming about. Was I focused on wrestling?? Nope.

I won maybe 30/90 matches between my freshman and junior year. Was I a bad wrestler?? Nope, not at all. I was very good --- and worked hard. However, I was always too tired to go at it when the time came --- mostly due to cutting weight.

So, my senior year, I got smart. I weighed 141 lbs. I coulda probably managed to easily go down to the 140 class. Instead --- I went UP. Yep, wrestled 145.

I went home after practices and ate anything I wanted, never worried about making weight --- just focusing on the matches. While everyone else was starving and sweating themselves out --- I was fat, full and happy!!

I lost one match that year --- to the eventual State Runner-Up

anybody see what im sayin
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Old 08-31-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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That now your fat and weigh 310?

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agreed. i eat what i want when i want.
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lol, yeah something like that
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Dirty, that post speaks to me. I nominate you for post of the day. Here's your fuzzy hat.

No, seriously, I get where you're coming from, and I agree whole heartedly. Thank you for making your point with a nice story. That's a highly effective form of communication.
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Be true to yourself - and don't get caught up in trying to compete with everyone else, you will be a better person/worker if YOU are happy and not stressed all the time (fat or not) .
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... However, I was always too tired to go at it when the time came --- mostly due to cutting weight....

..... everyone else was starving and sweating themselves out --- I was fat, full and happy!!


anybody see what im sayin
I read it like this: When you were skinny, you were a virgin. Then you got
fat, and stayed a virgin because of being fat, but were a happy fat virgin.

So that could mean: If you wrestle around a floor with other sweaty men, you will remain a virgin.
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Be true to yourself and don't undercut yourself to get jobs because you deserve better and you'll only stress yourself out more when your working your A*s off and not making any money. GOTCHYA
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I read it like this: When you were skinny, you were a virgin. Then you got
fat, and stayed a virgin because of being fat, but were a happy fat virgin.

So that could mean: If you wrestle around a floor with other sweaty men, you will remain a virgin.
I was also thinking there may have been an undertone of an eating disorder... bulimia perhaps?
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There were times I'd make weight for a match --- and then go back to the locker room and gorge on all kinds of food that I had spent a week dreaming about.
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Once you drop so far that you start to take on some losses you'll spend the rest of the time just trying to stay on the team..
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Great post, and just the attitude that I need to cultivate right now.
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Pickin' and a choosin'.
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Unfortunately, you get older. Cholesterol and other factors take over.

Best bet is to eat healthy for life. My level was around 150 for many years, then I started doing well. Many Porterhouse steaks and Bahamian boar ribs later, I was to 235.

End of fun for me.

Next test is in 2 weeks.
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I don't get it. Are you just trying to show off that you were a wrestler in high school?

No really good story I like how R&S summed it up best.

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Be true to yourself and don't undercut yourself to get jobs because you deserve better and you'll only stress yourself out more when your working your A*s off and not making any money. GOTCHYA
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No -- the story has nothing to do with high school and wrestling and weight loss
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WTF
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I love the story. I was an electrician in my area for 15 years. More and more electricians moved into the area and every guy that came in would lower his price a little more to "get established". Before I knew it, I was having a hard time getting jobs and paying the bills because I would not cut my price. Instead, I changed my focus and developed a whole other area of expertise. I still won't compromise my price and I don't have to work my a$$ off to make a couple of bucks.

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