I thought maybe there's a break to be taken from heavy training and nutrition talk for some more light-heartsd conversation matter. Being my hobby was becoming more apparent to the world as my first prep was going on, and especially as it progressed to later stages--because the hobby was "worn on my sleeve" and on my face even when fully clothed in long-sleeved shirts (it was eventually worn in my gaunt face and in my blood-shot eyes)--I encountered more questions and statements than ever.
Most of the BB-related convo has been nothing but complimentary and benign and friendly curiosity on a topic that others do not know much about. It's almost as if I had fans already going into my first show rooting me on and adding to my motivation.
But... some questions had me questioning the intellect of the average person. I am a very tolerant and empathetic guy, but some of them actually induced slightly palpable hostility and sarcasm from me, which I will get around to.
Here are some, ranging from benign to silly... to infuriating (well, only one of them, as mentioned).
People: What are you getting for this?
Me: What do you mean?
Person: (Usually it's one or the other answer.) I dunno, any money or something.
Me: I am here working with you earning a living. I love bodybuilding. That's all. Do you go home and watch TV for money. Whether I earn money from BB or not, are result is the same: I am employed, in the same way you are employed, regardless of what you do outside of work.
I don't always answer the above in such as a smart-aleck way, but I have on several occasions.
People: "So your diet is just all protein?"
Me: "No, it's not all protein. Here, it's on my phone."
People: "Wait, so you eat fruit and dairy and carbs?"
Me: "That's right."
People: "Why are you doing this? You don't have to take it to such an extreme. You can just be in shape."
Me: "Plain and simple: I love it."
People: "So you just eat salads?"
Me: "Yes, I have subsisted on just cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce for six months and I am still standing."
People: "You're getting too skinny."
Me: "I'm 170/180/190+ pounds (depending on month of the prep). What in god's name is a 5'10" man supposed to weigh? By the way, do skinny people fill out large shirts at 5'10"?"
People: "So what happens after, when you're all done with this stuff? Does all the muscle just turn to fat?"
Me: "It is impossible for muscle to 'turn into' fat.The muscle just atrophies."
People: "Here, have one (presents off-menu food). What can just one do?"
Me: "ONE will not do much, but then there is always ONE. And then ONE becomes several more throughout the entire prep, until it's not a prep anymore!"
People: "Did you take off work to do this?"
Me: "WTF do you mean did I take off work?" or "Huh?!"
People: "Will this be on TV?" (HAHAHAHA!)
Me: "No, the world does not care about BB, let alone natural BB."
People: "You must be in the gym all day."
Me: "Right, I don't work. I just go to the gym all day."
There are more, but perhaps I will go to the ONLY statement or question that sort of has me inclined to literally slap or punch the person!
People: "Do you just not eat?"
Now THIS... is the ONLY question that provokes hostility in me. How the hell does a grown adult ask this?! Does one think I subsisted on air for five months and am still standing doing that?!
I was drinking a diet soda at work on Thursday and some co-worker says to me, "So you're back to eating and drinking again?" I answered, "I have been eating and drinking for as long as I am alive! What did you think?"
Another one asked, "Are you back to eating again?"