Author: Benyamin Elias

How to I Stopped Feeling Judged, Started Exercising, and Changed Who I Am

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” – Swedish Proverb What are you not doing because of what other people think? If I didn’t die from the bar crushing my throat, I was sure it would be from embarrassment. A loud clang resonated throughout the gym as my spotter saved me and the weight fell to the floor. I could feel every eye in the room on me, attracted by the noise. I was red, and it had nothing to do with exercise. That was my first ever day in the gym. Huge guys grunted through curls...

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Change is an Acquired Taste

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett I hate coffee. I hate beer. I hate alcohol. I especially hate bourbon. I hate talking to new people. I hate working hard. I hate studying. I hate time management. And I hate exercise. At least I used to. Not anymore. As I write this, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s bourbon tasting, drinking a cup of coffee, and telling a close friend (who I met randomly) about the craft beer I tried last night. I’m preparing to unplug from social media...

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