Interesting Conversation with my Cousin

I had a very interesting conversation with my cousin the other day. It centered around his wanting to get back into shape. He hadn’t been over my house for a few months and realized how I was living a healthier life: green tea and soy milk in the fridge, tuna in the cupboard, salads and fruits on the counter.

He was kind of shocked. He knows me as the big, fat cousin. The guy that was always a big football player. I explained to him that I have been wanting to change my life. He too wants to change his life, but hasn’t done anything to better it. He eats all the wrong things and doesn’t do anything remotely close to exercise.

I started telling him that he needs to dig deep inside and find that inner warrior that will help him in his quest. He needs to find that one thing that will make him stick to doing anything. For me it’s being able to play with my two year old daughter in the park. Knowing that what I am doing will give me a better quality of life is all I need in order to keep in plugging away with my healthier lifestyle.


I also told him that the change doesn’t need to be drastic. Adjusting some small things such as eating more fruit or walking around outside for his lunch break will be a great start. He was telling me that he doesn’t know how to begin. The thing with him is that he has never had that exercising background. He has never eaten healthy either. He was always able to maintain a decent figure up until a year ago. I guess life caught up with him, but I explained to him that anyone can do anything.

I even invited him over after work to workout with me a few times a week. He said he would take me up on the offer. I hope he does because we all need someone to help us through life.

About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. DinoNo Gravatar says:

    Boy are you a motivational speaker or what?! Tony Robbins like or better yet like John Chow! HA!

  2. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    LOL. stop blowing smoke up my behind. its uncomfortable! thanks though.

  3. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    It is easier to take baby steps for sure. It doesn’t seem like such a massive change. Small changes to your everyday build up until you can’t even remember what your “old ways” were.

  4. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    i agree 100%. its easier since the change isnt so drastic. that way you dont feel like your “removing” something.

  5. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    I like to think that I am replacing, not removing


  6. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    thats an excellent way to put it. replace, remove, repeat.

  7. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    oooooo I like that!!

  8. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    pretty catchy. i may just post about that. lol.

  9. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    If you aren’t gonna then I will…good topic.

    Better start….I’m a fast writer

  10. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    already started. slow poke.

  11. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    pffffffffft…dont make me bust out MY pythons

  12. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    k, so they are more like water snakes

  13. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    you mean garden snakes. better yet worms. lol.

  14. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    oh….I see what happenin here…..

    yep…..I definatly see whats happenin here

    Just you wait…keep runnin that mouth…makes me push harder baby

  15. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    Two words: Bring it.

  16. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww shit…

    so it begins…

    this could be interesting…very very interesting

  17. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    you got that right. In a few weeks I will be posting some pics. you gonna be ready? i know i will.

  18. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    I was born ready BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    better make em count!!

  19. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    3 weeks. mark your calendar.

  20. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    3 weeks…I was thinking 4…but we’ll go with yours.
    I wouldnt want you to pussy out on the last week.

  21. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    4 weeks. sounds better, gives a month. no excuses, just results! *pounds chest with fists*

  22. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    oh baby… its oooooooooooooon

  23. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    hehe, feisty aren’t we? did you hear that? that was me opening y can-o-woop-ass!

  24. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    dude…I opened mine this morning…pretty sure that sound came from over here

  25. IsraelNo Gravatar says:


  26. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    hahhahahahahaha you’re fuckin awesome!!!!

  27. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    so they say. thanks. you’re not to shabby urself.

  28. JessieNo Gravatar says:

    yeah, well…you know

    /brushes off shoulder

  29. AquazNo Gravatar says:

    i agree 100%. its easier since the change isnt so drastic.

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