There she was coming towards me. BEBE Sport top, Under Armour booty shorts, pink and white Nike shoes, and a pink hat that says “Diva” on it, and tattoos of Chinese letters on her arm……

She is one half and the leader of the “Hotness Twins”. For three years now I have seen these two women work out. Guys stare at them and girls want to be them. Actually, I do not know if girls want to be them, but that really sounded “Teen high school nerd turns into a hottie” movie. Not like I have ever watched stuff like that (Molly Ringwald!)

Anyway, I knew she was coming towards me. I started to use her machine a while back, the StairMaster. This is where the “Hotness Twins” show their stuff to all in the cardio room. I have been a Cybex Arctrainer man for some time, but recently fell back in love with the StairMaster.

She has come up to me lately to see how much longer I have on the machine. Mind you, the machine next to me is empty. She just wants to save the machine for her friend. Usually I just get off the machine and go to another one.

Today was not that day.

“How much more do you have?”

“I have a while.”

She was taken back. It is easy to be a tough guy on a blog, but in real life I am quite courteous. She was confused how I could have “a while”. I was covered with sweat, my hoodie was soaked and I have been on the machine for thirty five minutes.

She started to laugh and said ok. She got on the machine next to me, set it for 45 minutes, and started to step. She was going hard, looking over at me to see if I had passed out yet.

Then she started to dance while stepping. Not like stepping burns enough calories, she really was moving.

So I started to go a little harder. I put my Pandora on some mix. I heard tons of everything.

She was a little shocked I was still going. She looked over at my machine and realized I had done 70 minutes. I was going a little slower. She was as well.

Then it happened. My power song came on.

Yep. You guessed it.

“It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls

It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah! – It’s Raining Men! Amen!
I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet!
It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It’s Raining Men! Every Specimen!
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean

God bless Mother Nature, she’s a single woman too
She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy
It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah! – It’s Raining Men! Amen!
It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It’s Raining Men! Ame———nnnn!

Now I was moving hard. The “Hotness Twin” was a little shocked. I was dancing. I had energy. I was not going to stop. She was done with her 45 minutes and I was still on the machine. I was dancing while she was walking away. She underestimated me. Many people do. I sweat hard all the time. Mentally though, I can workout for a good amount of time. Is she in better shape than me? Yeah, definitely. Does she have better style than me? Oh yeah, by far. I will tell you what. I guarantee she will not ask me to get off the machine anymore.

I kept going on the machine…..

This is right before the machine hit 99 minutes….

And this is after. I went 357 flights of stairs. Five years ago, I struggled and collapsed doing five flights of stairs.

Here are the calories I burned today as well (I do not enter in machine I work on….

When I was done with the workout today, a woman who I have never seen before came up to me and told me I looked thinner. It was actually very sweet. I thanked her. She then walked off.

I want to thank everyone who voted for me for the Top 50 Most Inspirational Healthy Tweeps. I placed third. I placed next to Alysa, who is probably the nicest person on Twitter and Roni, who has pioneered weight loss blogging. Now, funny thing is, I have no idea why I even made the list. No one nominated me, which is the whole reason to be on the list. My Klout score at the time was a 50, which is low. Yet, for some reason, my name was on the Top 50.

I am notorious for making jokes about things like this and the stupidity of lists, but this time was different. I am not more inspirational than anyone on the list, but I was going to try to get votes.

I did. Through Facebook. Through Twitter. Through funny posts. Through a giveaway. I spoke to different people who promoted me. For the first time in blogging, I did not sell myself short. I truly tried.

My wife was right ten years ago. I ALWAYS sell myself short.

I placed third in a contest sponsored my Mamavation. During the contest, I was called a sellout, annoying, and was told I did not deserve to be on the list. It would have bothered me two years ago…..not anymore.

My story has been read by different people now. I have gotten emails from new people who have been inspired by my weight loss. That is the point of this.

But more than weight loss, I believed I could place in the top five (with your help). Just like I believed I could go 99 minutes on the Stairmaster. Just like I believed I could lose 221 pounds. Just like I believed I could do anything I put my mind to.

So if you get anything from my blog, anything at all…..just do not sell yourself short. Because you might not be able to control how you eat or have no desire to work out does not mean you need to throw your talents out the window.

We all have something to give.

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