Hey guys! Atanas here. Today I'm going to be answering the question, “Who the fuck is Atanas?”, my first blog about myself.
Who am I? where am I coming from? and how have I changed in the past years?.
So, beautiful people, my name is Atanas Piskachev. I’m from Hisarya, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and I currently live in Zurich, Switzerland. I'm 27 years old, and I am the most healthy guy that I know, I'm not kidding.
At the time I was entering my twenties, I was far away from having a healthy lifestyle.
I was casually training but never eating properly or reading books. It was more like, "Pfff... who has the time for books and shit like that?” and some more of, “I’m just gonna go chill somewhere, enjoy time with my friends and the success will come. I’ll have more time in the future to take proper care of myself”. Now when I look back at my attitude, the only thought in my head is, “Oh kid, better get your shit together ASAP".
Since I was 10 years old I attended swimming classes for around 5 years. I was not the best and next to that, I was also not the biggest fan of swimming. At age 15 I discovered computer games: Need For Speed, GTA etc and yeah... I think you can already guess what happened with my swimming "career".
After a year of eating delicious home made sandwiches (unfortunately not so healthy though) and playing games the whole day, I decided to move my fat ass and do some sports. I was not a huge fan of football, nor basketball, as most of the kids were, so I started playing volleyball and from time to time, I was going for a swim.
Not long after that, I started visiting the local gym. OMG it was so cool. I didn’t know even what the hell I was doing but the walls were full of pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger and more… actually, I don’t remember the names of the rest of the guys, but they all looked so freaking strong and I wanted to be like them.
I was the most annoying kid in the gym... yes I really was, and I am so thankful to the patience of the older guys. If you are one of them and you are reading this - A massive “thank you!” for not beating the shit out of me.
I was always asking questions, some of them good but most of them just to keep talking to piss off the bigger guys - let’s call it my, “special ability”. Anyways, some of them, somehow, saw potential in that small kid and helped him a lot with the exercises and tips.
So all was good, I was training hard, working hard on my fathers farm (every weekend and vacation and yeah, I didn’t like it at all but it helped me to grow a stronger mindset and see how tough life can be, but thats another topic for another time ;). I wish I could say I was studying hard, but that would be the biggest lie of the century, so let’s keep it real and just say, I was visiting school, often enough.
But at the end of the day I had zero knowledge about food. Nada. My daily menu was pizzas, kebabs, sandwiches and things like that. Ahhh pizzas... I remember in a period of 5-6 months I gained 10kg thanks to my "morning routine” : every morning, before school, I ate 2 pizzas with hell a lot of a garlic sauce on the top (if there are any Italians reading this, please don’t kill me :). The shocking thing is, I really thought I was doing good. I thought I had it together with my eating. I thought, “hell yeah... 10kg weight gain at 17 years old?, genius!”.
At that point in my life, I started to notice that I was indeed, far away from a genius, and even though the outcome wasn’t positive, it was actually one of those moments that makes you believe in yourself, that you can achieve your goals and nobody can stop you. I was working-out and thought I was looking good, so until now, this plan ain’t so stupid, yeah?
Most definitely, NO!
And a couple of years later, in a bad way, I was going to understand why.
….to be continued!
Till then, have an amazing week and stay blessed.