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“We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

May
23
2007

Even though my scale weight is still curiously reading a little higher than expected (198.6 pounds), this morning I believe that my body looks the best it’s looked so far on this cut. Even the fat below my belly button is slowly starting to become less prominent (there’s still plenty of work to do, however!) My low body fat is magnifying another problem: loose skin. There is a little loose skin just above and to the right of my belly button. This extra skin has been there ever since I lost all that weight back in 2003, but it becomes especially prominent as my body fat falls below 8%. I always hoped the loose skin would shrink over time, but it has not. I suppose there is not much I can do about it. I’m reminded of a line from the P.T. Anderson film Magnolia: “We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”

That quote is a pretty simple truism, but many of us don’t realize how accurate it is. When I was younger I lived my life without putting much (if any) thought to the future. While being spontaneous and carefree certainly has its place, for the most part I believe that living like there is no tomorrow is a huge mistake. The choices we make today will stay with us for the rest of our lives. If you smoke, drink excessively, eat poorly, don’t exercise or do drugs then those things WILL catch up with you sooner or later – I guarantee it. Each day that you continue to abuse your body increases the odds that one day you will pay dearly for it. When that day comes – and it will – what would you give to go back to today and make better choices?

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