As a bodybuilder, not a day goes by that I don’t encounter a situation where my lifestyle is either completely misunderstood or openly derided. I don’t expect people to know a damn thing about bodybuilding, but I expect them to not make a joke out of it, as if I eat five meals a day because I’m “just a goofy guy.” I have no idea how to repsond to assinine questions, and I don’t feel like I should have to.
For instance, I’m currently bulking, and when I’m out and about on campus I carry around a gallon jug of water. People stare at me when I take a big pull from it in the middle of class, or someone sitting next to me will jokingly remark “Thats a lot of water…” with a dumbass smile on their face, like its a fuckin joke. What the fuck do I say to this?
Also, I still eat in the dorm cafeterias because it allows me to eat mass amounts of food. The other day at dinner I went back for my fourth or fifth helping, and the girl working got an exasperated look on her face and said in a pissy tone “Haven’t you been here like a hundred times tonight?”
I was out on a date a while back, and the girl got a sense that I live a really structured, routine life. She finally said, albeit jokingly, “aw, you’re no fun…” I don’t usually do this, but I came clean and explained to her that I’m a bodybuilder, and the nature of this lifestyle requires some sacrifices in my life. I told her that I usually don’t explain that to people because they take it the wrong way. She responded with “Yeah, its kind of intimidating.” WTF?
This shit is getting old. The examples I listed are just a few among MANY. I could go on and on. I don’t ever question other people’s lifestyles, and I don’t understand why they have to question mine.
Does this shit happen to anyone else?