Never Satisfied

Micah Kochanek

The Journey of Bettering Myself

I've always been one to see something that I want, whether it be tangible or not, and then to do whatever it takes to attain that thing, much like the Machiavellian way. Many years ago, when I was a sixth grader, I set out on a journey to better myself that would eventually change the way I look at things to this day. The beginning of my journey was definitely a shaky start but was very important to the entirety of my experiences that have led me to where I am today. I am currently a nineteen year old student at Ball State University studying Exercise Science, and the path I am currently on has led me to realize that I will never be satisfied.

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Past

All of my childhood I had been overweight despite being a pretty active kid. Besides poor genetics, I was mostly overweight due to my extremely poor diet; I ate an unhealthy and unreasonable amount of junk food. I had slowly became obese by the time I was in fifth grade and only continued to grow in sixth grade. If I had continued that lifestyle I would have only become a more unhealthy individual. My dream at the time was to be a quarterback for the football team, but being 5'5" and 160 pounds, I fit the bill for an ideal lineman. I knew if I wanted to become anything but a lineman, I needed to lose weight.

After someone had noticed I had lost weight, something I had not noticed myself, I remember loosing weight was always on my mind and I was always focused on making that number drop. My lunches from home were being thrown away except for a hard-boiled egg, I was constantly weighing myself and doing everything by myself. Before I knew it I was anorexic and anti-social. I went from 160 pounds to 96 at the beginning of my seventh grade. I had spent most of my summer inside or at my one of my two therapists. I didn't start becoming healthier until around Christmas break of my seventh grade.

High School

In High School I was very active all year around as I participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field, and the weightlifting class in our school. One of the biggest reasons for being so active, besides the fact that I enjoyed sports, was because I was always worried I would get big again. But as I got older, I progressed and got over that fear. High School definitely helped me set a clean slate for college where I would begin the lifelong self-sculpture that I plan on molding everyday.
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The Present

As of this past summer, I ditched the training wheels that was my high school weight program and began taking it far more seriously. It only took a few weeks of this for me to realize that I had a passion for this and wanted to continue to strive and make myself better, although I knew that I would never be satisfied with the way I looked. This new lifestyle carried over into college where I continue to break through barriers.
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While some look for relationship goals, these are just a few people who I look up to and admire in the more modern era of the fitness industry. They are my "goals". Underneath them, you can't ever forget the all-time greats in this industry that inspired thousands to choose this lifestyle.

The Future

While no one can anticipate the future, you can definitely have some hopes of what your future holds or at least an idea. Having recently changed my major to Exercise Science, I don't really know what I want to do with that. All I know is that I am passionate about lifting and exercise and want to become further educated so that I can help others reach their goals as I also try to attain mine. In the future I will continue to grow physically, as well as mentally, and continue to strive towards the unattainable goal.
While I never intend to compete, I do hope that someday I will be as massive as some of these amazing individuals.