Scorpion (source: Paint the Town Body Art)

It’s too bad I’m not a Scorpio; that tattoo would look great on me!

Anyway, the new moon arrived in Scorpio this morning. I tell my classes at the gym that I always feel fatter around the new moon. With Jupiter also in Scorpio transiting my first house, feeling fatter has been a recurring theme throughout 2017. But I’ve come to the realization that I’m not as fat as I think.

I’ve been very diligent about my weight lifting regimen for most of the year. I’ve bulked up a bunch, especially throughout my arms, shoulders and upper back. I can feel that my clothes don’t fit me the same way that they used to, although I’m still wearing the same pants.

Yesterday, I was rubbing my inner thighs because they were stiffening up from the class I taught at the gym the previous day. They were rock hard. I could actually feel the differentiation between the different muscle groups through my jeans.

I’ve got to stop being so hard on myself. I don’t know many guys my age whose fitness level has been on an upward trajectory for thirty-plus years. I’ve also got to stop worrying that the number I see when I step on the scale at the gym is an accurate reflection of my health and well-being. It’s not. I did an experiment a couple of weeks ago with various weights from around the gym. The scale there is adding about 2.5%. When it says I weigh 205 lbs in my gym clothes, I really weigh 200 lbs. That’s nothing for a big guy like me.

So I’m going to stop obsessing about that number and just worry about feeling good. Physically, I do feel good lately, With Mars entering my first house tomorrow that trend should continue.

The Scorpio new moon marks a good time to reconsider your unhealthy obsessions. Do you beat yourself up over something like your weight? Well, try to do something about it. Frankly, this is a better time to make a New Year’s resolution than New Year’s Day. Go deep and figure out what is wreaking havoc on your psyche. Then fix it. The stars don’t give you chances like this every day.

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