By Trenton Trotter
Peer pressure in high school, the pressure to fit in, can be challenging. I have faced challenges every day of my life, many of which you will be able to relate to.
Since a little boy, I was always been a very lazy kid. I never wanted to leave my own house. I never got in trouble, because I never went anywhere.I noticed that through the years, I have gained a lot of unwanted weight, but I was young, and I didn’t care. I was never a people person until 4th grade, when I realized that people were starting boyfriend and girlfriend relationships. For a while I was lonely and didn’t care. Then 5th grade came around, and I was tired of being the out of shape, single kid. I tried eating less and exercising. I even ate vegetables, yet nothing seemed to work. So I decided to join the football team.
When I started the team, I was very overweight. I was always getting picked on about my weight at school. I had very few friends. So one day, I decided to get in my zone and start doing things I don’t like to get what I want. It was worth it. I love what I became.
Football workouts slimmed me down. At first, I was only playing football to get in shape, but I really like football a lot now. Today, I’m playing varsity football for the Foley Lions. Also, I have plans for my future. The things I’m going to do aren’t just for me, I have plans to help and change a lot of lives.
If I can do it, you can too. Don’t worry about what people say about you. My mom always told me even though they think they are cool at school, in the real world, they are just fools. Always keep a smile. Life is too short to waste your time in frowning.
If you would like some fitness advice, I have some tips for you.
1) Try adding foods to your diet rather than subtracting food.
2)Forget about stressing over traditional work-outs. If you like to work out, then that’s fine. If you do not like working out, don’t think of it as “working out.” You can do fun things you enjoy, such as football, basketball, or tag. If the word “exercise” inspires you to avoid exercise, then avoid using that word. Maybe the trick to enjoying a workout may be to never call it “working out.”
3) Also, take simple walks. Walking is easy, and it helps your fitness level a lot.
So, it is your decision on what to do with your body. No matter what decision you make, as long as you are happy with yourself, that’s all that matters. These are the decisions and tools that helped me.