My introductory JOTELL article, submitted some time ago, discusses erratic living, and the need for searching out one’s own reasons for having erratic coping mechanisms. For now, I will leave that discussion languishing, and instead will simply tell you all that one of my erratic adaptive efforts involved compulsive weightlifting and exercising throughout my 20s, 30s, and 40s, up until the point where I experienced a total physical collapse. Before that collapse, from 1992 until 1997, I trained for and entered 5 different bodybuilding competitions. Just two days ago, August 5th, 2020, I completed a video mashup of those shows, that contains photo shots of my bodybuilding competitions, along with some assorted personal biopic photos to round out the video’s portrayal of my final physically “fit” years, along with a decent soundtrack that features Moby’s “Everloving”.
Though I ceased virtually all weightlifting activities, in 1997, due to severe joint injuries, up until 2010 I retained at least some level of trim, appropriately proportioned fitness. That all changed however, after 2010, due entirely to my own maladaptive and erratic bad habits. I have long felt the need to chronicle, at least, some of the good memories and times that I experienced in the mid-1990s bodybuilding years, and in the early 2000s, so I have done this, and the result of this effort is included as a video link to supplement this short article.