Why I Go Ham On The Gram!

Why I Go Ham On The Gram!


Let me begin by saying that. I love Instagram for so many reasons. It’s like a visual peak into the minds of over a billion people who, for the most part, are just like me and you. People who eat, drink, work, sleep and do all the stuff like we do. However they aren’t us and that simple reason is why I love the gram! We get to tell and curate OUR story.

We get to share ourselves with the world, we can be whoever we want to be and I love that. Some people use it to paint glamorous lifestyles, some use it to pontificate (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence, Mama I made it) others use it to inspire. I use it for a completely different reason.

For me, Instagram is my interface to my audience. It cuts out the middle man. In the last 10 years I think I have done 3 major interviews. I don’t do them, not because I think I’m better than them, but because when newspapers were the dominant forces of entertainment journalism I saw many many editors and writers abuse their position and really settle personal scores in public. So I decided to stay away from that “fame circuit” – I appeared on Larry Madawo’s show a few years ago because he appeared on mine and we both don’t do interviews.

Instagram is like having your own TV channel and depending on your tastes and who you follow you can tailor make your time line to your own tastes. For me, I follow my few friends, artists, writers and photographers that I like and fitness professionals. Lots of them.

Almost a year ago I began my own fitness journey and I began to follow people who were making fitness seem fun. People like Alvin, Shiv, Marcus, Frankie and many others were telling people to get fit and they seemed to enjoy it. They would post challenges and in the security and safety of my house I would try them out. I would fail sometimes, but no one saw so it was cool. Then I joined a gym.

(yeah both pictures are me ….)

A young trainer by the name of Brian Odina offered to train me, just out of the blue and I accepted and the journey began and it’s been amazing. I cannot thank him enough. Especially on those days that I made excuses and tried to skip sessions and he would say “it’s ok” in such a sad voice that guilt would make me change my mind. It’s unbelievable that it’s reached a point where I am telling my gym partners to stop being lazy. I have seen and felt the changes in my own body.  I feel GREAT, but what does this have to do with Instagram?
I post my gym progress and gym sessions almost daily on Instagram not only because I want to inspire the people who are scared to start a fitness programme, but also because I want to scare myself. I want to see the progress myself  and I want to get to the point where I am afraid to lose my gains. I don’t want to be obsessive and I still want to eat chocolate, I just want to keep focused. My Instagram posts are my way setting a public training standard and if I fall off, I want it to be hard and public. However I won’t fall off. I won’t allow my pal Bruce Muchelule the satisfaction of saying “I told you” Oh no, he will never get the chance to gloat! 

So hopefully my going ham on the gram will inspire others to keep on the fitness path and if its doesn’t, well at least my DM’s are popping again, however that’s another blog post later this week …. 

Contact Brian or any of the others if you need help. I’ve put links to their Instagram accounts, of course. 

Jedi Master T

April 18th, 2017

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