[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ehind every action, there is a reason. Sometimes this reason is obvious and rather practical, others – the reason is part of a complex issue or (in some cases) a matter of health. Gaining weight is more often than not a rather complex issue. The real reason/s are often much more than just simply wanting to get bigger.
In fact it is the getting bigger part that holds the key to the real reason/s behind every body transformation and weigh gain. Just to be clear: by weight gain, I mean (and assume you mean the same) muscle gain and increasing the size of your physique by (ideally) adding on an impressive pair of biceps, pecs, (the must-have) six (or more) pack abs and super defined legs too.
[pull_quote_center]I think I am right in assuming that the above paragraph sums up the reason why you are reading this article and Skinny Muscles in general.[/pull_quote_center]
I want to dig down further and take you back to the reason why you want to change your body.
Don’t worry, I am not going to put you in a psycho-therapy-like chair and hypnotise you. I am going to tell you about my reasons for wanting to gain weight. In doing so, I hope to reach out to you and make you think not just what you want but why you really want it.
The real reasons and the trigger for my weight gain
I was 15 years old when I became body conscious and wanting to get bigger. Why? Because (to put it simply) I wanted to impress the girls in our little gang. I wanted them to see me as boyfriend material. I didn’t want to be just the uber clever (it was true then lol) brother of their girlfriend (my younger sister).
There was just one problem: I was more interested in reading books and drawing than eating and working out. Even so, I though I was deserving of a bit more than just taking these girls for a spin on my bike (and no, that’s not a euphemism).
There was this one guy in our gang who was a couple of years younger, yet still managed to pull pretty much any of the girls he wanted. It seemed unfair at the time (to put it very politely). He was, though, even at that age a very promising swimmer who was winning pretty much every competition he entered. When he wasn’t competing, he did little else but train, eat and sleep.
Being the not-so-self-confessed geek that I was, I quickly worked out that I can’t have a body like his if all I did was reading books. Back then, the books seemed more important to me than working out, so I got over the lack of girls’ attention and put my dream of bulging biceps and washboard stomach on hold (indefinitely).
[quote_box_left]I got through most of my life (so far) being skinny.[/quote_box_left] The thought of getting bigger has always been there though. It’s been (and still is) on the top of my New Year’s resolutions and various other lists of Things To Achieve before the age of 20/25/30/35. I just did nothing about it (there I said it).
It was a couple of years ago when my attitude towards gaining weight changed and I decided to do something about it before it was too late. It was on my return from Bangkok (where I worked for a travel and lifestyle magazine) that I realised how skinny I really was.
The combination of the (gorgeous) tropical climate, long working hours, not eating enough and smoking over 20 cigarettes a day left me weighing a mere 59kg [130lbs]. Even for me, that was a shocker, especially when you consider that I am over 6ft [180cm] tall. That was my wake up call and the kick that I needed to change my body image.
Now, I am typing this knowing that my weight is at 90kg [198lbs] sharp. If you do the maths, you’ll work out that I’ve gained no less than half of my body weight for the past couple of years or so.
I am happier than ever. Not just about my body weight but happy with life and things in general. My next target is to get some definition before my next holiday.
Now that you know my reasons and the trigger behind my weight gain, I hope you take some time to reflect on it and evaluate your own situation and the real reasons behind your desire to gain weight and change your body.
[quote_box_center]Whatever you do, just remember that our health should always be our priority. If (for whatever reason) you don’t feel ready to transform your body, just make sure that you at least maintain a healthy weight.[/quote_box_center]