Last summer, my 18-year-old son sent me a shirtless selfie.
he is Posing in front of the mirror, bending over, he texts me, “I’m not Joey anymore.”
I keep calling him that, Lil’ Joe. Received a half-naked selfie from your kid, but I can see the outline of his biceps, chest pump and ice cube tray, maybe popping abs later. Then the video: Lil ‘Joe doing push-ups, Lil’ Joe clinking weights, Lil’ Joe hustling on the treadmill. I blame Joe’s watch Di Trey is in charge of it all. Trey can jiu-jitsu, but he’s exhausted, and after Joe starts hanging out with Trey, Joe starts eating better and drinking vanilla protein shakes. Why Lil’ Joe decided to share his progress with me, I don’t know. But if he tried to motivate me to lose what my girlfriend [Chelsea Handler] called my “moon face”, it worked. I said a lot to myself in 2020 and 2021 about how to stay in shape “later”. But at Lil’ Joe Between my discipline and my lady’s long-term commitment to exercise, there was a lot of indirect peer pressure and I felt like I had to make a change. So I don’t buy soda water anymore. I started eating salad once a day. Woke up at 6:30 and went to the gym with my girlfriend. Things start to happen . exist After I lost about 15 pounds, I took a selfie and sent it to Lil’ Joe. “Dad caught up,” I texted him. I never thought I will be part of a healthy family. I used to weigh 189; now I’m down to 165. My moon face is fading. My son was held up almost as much as Trey. When Lil’ When Joe starts exercising, I have a choice. I could have hugged my father’s body. But now I’m proud that I chose strength. We all feel good. Maybe I have to start now Calling my son Big Joe – which makes me a medium Joe? A version of this article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue Men’s Health .
Joe Coy is an actor, stand-up comedian, memoir writer Mixed
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