Hi, my name is Jules. I’m a slacker and a nerd. I get up, I turn on my laptop, check my email, and stick to the pc, pausing only to occasionally switch to the Playstation. It’s been like this since I was six. Not surprisingly, I ran into some joint issues in my late 20s, caused by an embarrassing lack of muscle.
Grudgingly, I went to the gym. A few years later, at 30, I’m a fitness convert (my slacker friends say “fanatic”). I hit the weights three times a week, and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. The rest of the time I’m still checking e-mail, playing Super Mario Galaxy on my Wii, of course. Some things never change.
But I have a bit of ambition now. I want to do a pull-up. I want to die free of ‘affluence diseases’. I want to feel strong. I want some visible muscle (not tone, not defintion, muscle). I want to eat healthily. This is the fittest I’ve ever been, and I’m love seeing how much better it can get.
I live in Belgium and work as a Webmonkey. I have a gorgeous slacker boyfriend who joins me at the gym once a week and who couldn’t care less if when I occasionally lift more than him. My friends are all nerds – so apart from my gym buddies, I have no one to talk to about the PB, the best proteïn powder blend, how lifting is different for women, if bread was the worst invention in history, what healthy means. Since people tend to disagree on all those things, I just make it up as I go. It’s working fine so far.
It’s a lonely endeavour though, I have a lot of support, but no one to share this particular interest with. I guess that’s why I’m here, right?