Crazy stuff we do when we’re young

by Brad Pilon

Adorable baby pic courtesy

“Youth is wasted on the young”.

This is an old George Bernard quote that is often used to describe our hindsight approach to our youth.

We tend think of all the time we had when we were young. Or the energy, or the crazy things we should have tried/attempted/experienced.

We think of the opportunities or things we would have/ should have done differently.

We think about how we could “eat whatever we wanted and still stay thin”….and on and on.

We combine this ‘youth worship’ with sayings like “we aren’t getting any younger”

or my favorite –  “I looked like that too when I was twenty” (Funny enough this person was talking about John Barban, who’s almost 37)

We can spend our lives searching for the fountain of youth, or we could try a different approach.

Here’s a thought:  Right now is the youngest you are ever going to be.

So it doesn’t matter if your 20, 40 or 70…my advice is to stop wasting your youth.

If you are not in shape, get in shape. If you are not the weight you want to be be, do the things you need to do to be at that weight.

If you don’t decide to take action, tomorrow will just be another day of ‘wasted youth’

So take advantage.

In 2011 I want you to lift more, move more, stress less, eat less, and..maybe do something know, while you’re still young 😉



Rick December 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Brad, I’m at 13 to 14% body fat. Been lifting for years. Ready to get into single digits again.

Will Eat Stop Eat get me there? Or is it better suited for over weight folks just looking to get down to a healthy weight?

Brad Pilon December 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Hi Rick,

It’s the same process whether you are 6, 16 or 46% body fat, if you haven’t been doing ESE, then adding it in will make an improvement.

Girlwithnoname (Jackie) December 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I wish I’d written this.

hugely inspirational. Thanks Brad.


Elle Bieling December 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

Hey Brad, you forgot my favorite of all, “You are as young as you feel!” I want to “feel” younger and younger every day, and this seems impossible if one does not follow your advice.

Vaclav Gregor December 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

Its just an excuse, it doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 50 you can still achieve pretty much everything you want.

Well almost everything of course.

gus December 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

2011 im gonna gett ripped!!!
fasting is going to get me there 😀 merry x mas and a happy new year Brad:D

Raymond-ZenMyFitness December 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Great post on wasting youth … very precious which has unimaginable value!

My fat loss did stop for while, I was trying different things but couldn’t really drop any more body fat.
Desperation I thought I’d try fasting with Eat Stop Eat (yep you guessed it) I now weigh the lightest I’ve ever been and with it I believe I can even get leaner than I thought ever could be possible.

I’m 47 but since I’ve lost weight, added in the weight training I look younger than now I have for awhile (a lot of people guess my age around 30-35 🙂 And still eating cheese cakes, chocolates and drinking beer too!

Happy New Year

Brandon December 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Good words.

Scott Tousignant December 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Outstanding post bro!

There’s no better time than now! The way that I look at it is that everything that I’ve done in the past (good or bad) has led me to this point and provided me with the opportunity to become the best that I can be each and every day.

I plan on being the best me in 2011 and an even better me when I’m in my 40’s, 50’s, and beyond. Angie and I were just talking about how much better we look in our 30’s than we were in our 20’s… and we were looking pretty darn great in our 20’s 😉 I know that Angie will be looking even better in her 40’s, which is just around the corner. It makes me feel great to see that she gets hit on every time that she goes out to the bars 😉 I know that at 37 she gets more looks from the guys, than the 20 somethings.

The past was great, but the future is looking absolutely awesome. I’m going to make the most out of what I have today, knowing that tomorrow I’ll have even more greatness to work with.

Thanks for inspiring me today Brad. I appreciate your work and wisdom.

Scott Tousignant

Damon January 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

I’m 35, and people swear I’m not a day over 23. You look in the mirror, and it’s hard to believe, that I actually look younger than when I was younger, lol.

Deb January 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Great article Brad! So true! 🙂

Mountain January 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm


Beautifully written.

Paul April 5, 2012 at 2:05 am

This is a great post and right to the point. It is true that we constantly look back and remember what was when we should be realizing what is today. So true you are never going to be younger than today. That can be kind of depressing to. I guess it is just the way you look at it.

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