Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I recently went out with a friend and her parents.  What skinny guy would turn down a free meal?  I often joke that I’m a fat kid at heart - mainly because I eat and eat and then… eat some more.  No matter what I do, I can’t put on weight.  The slightest breeze sweeps me off my feet like Piglet, causing my friends to hold me down to the earth.

The first dinner conversation went like this: 
     Friend’s Mom: “Have you put on weight?” (This would be an insult to most people,  but being the skinniest guy this side of the Mississippi, this was music to my ears and I took this as a HUGE compliment.)
     Me: “Yes, I have!  I’ve been working out with my trainer, eating six meals a day and have put on 12 lbs of muscle in the past 8 months!” (The table fell silent).
     F.M.: “I was kidding.  Eat a freaking cheeseburger already.  Gee whiz.”  
Friends and foes tell me they are going to shove McDonalds down my throat until I get bigger.  That is very generous, but I would like to live past the age of 30.  Do people think that the only way to gain weight is to eat unhealthy and greasy food?  Don’t get me wrong, coming from Wisconsin I love anything deep-fried and covered in cheese (ever try Cheese Curds?  They are the most amazing fat-kid food ever).
Skinny doesn’t mean healthiest.  Everyone, no matter their waist size, needs exercise and a well balanced diet.  And don’t let anyone give you a hard time for being a skinny guy and eating a salad!  Just tell them you are on a diet and watch their facial expression… it is priceless.  
The awkward dinner conversation (which happen regularly) and threats of forced cheeseburger-gorging, culminated into a fire of motivation.  So I decided to take action against my pencil-shaped physique and hit the gym.  In my next few posts, I’ll share some tips, tales of odd gym etiquette, and workouts that have been working for me.  I’ll help you become the buffest skinny guy (besides me, of course…)!

*Photo Credit: Kira at Respect Authority

1 comment:

  1. Six Meals a Day! I'm dieting trying to get fit and back down to my fighting weight and everything I've read, every nutritionist I've talked to, every pile of bird entrails I've poured over says eat six (small and balanced) meals a day!

    Six Meals a Day: the new Three Meals a Day.