POST #31: Basketball

To pick up from where I left off, after high school my basketball playing started to slide off. Every once and awhile I’d find some friends interested in playing, but it didn’t last, as the lure of the adult life drew them to bars and the like (never been one for bars and nightclubs myself. They really aren’t that much fun if you don’t drink, which I don’t, or are socially awkward, which I can be in those situations… I’m much more of a small group or one on one guy). Eventually, I stopped playing altogether, pretty much because I couldn’t find anyone to play with, but also cause I got busy with adult stuff like college and, well, sex (cause as much fun as basketball is, it ain’t got nothing on sex).

Partially as a result of this inactivity, I got fat. Adulthood kinda sucks like that. Understand, I’m not morbidly obese or anything, and for the most part I’m healthy going from the standard doctor’s tests, but I’m definitely overweight (like the typical white dude, it’s all in the belly. I have the beer gut without the beer to show for it). So last September I finally decided to do something about it, since my job finally afforded me a fixed schedule (unlike retail and school), and joined up with a rec basketball league with my friend Anthony (). The next season (in January), we were joined by Stephen and Jon. Kim has even come out a few times when we needed a female sub.

It’s been a lot of fun. I’m not quite the player I used to be, but every once and awhile my game catches fire and it feels great. When it doesn’t, it’s still tonnes of fun. The people on my team are great, and it just feels good to be active and competing, even if its just once a week.

Sadly, I don’t think I’ve lost any weight as a result. So that’s annoying. I am eating better now too, and have maintained the same weight for at least a couple years. I guess I’ll have to actually work at it if I want to lose this gut. I’m still undecided as to whether or not it’s that much of a priority, since I’m otherwise healthy. But I am considering playing another sport this fall along with basketball, so I’ll be burning calories twice a week. Otherwise, I’ll just continue having fun playing the sport I’ve loved for so long.

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