Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Progress not perfection!

Are you seeking progress or perfection? Day in and day out people hit the gym, eat healthy and track macros, but what happens when things stop moving forward and you feel stuck? If you are searching to "look" a certain way, you are in a losing battle every day. Do these questions rattle in your mind often?
-Am I not working hard enough?
-Does my diet need recalculating?
-Should I add or cut calories?
-Is this all even worth it?
You need to cherish the moments you take to get you there. The journey is never ending, goals must be set with new ones to follow. In the fitness industry, you will see that many of the people who are striving for a look are simply never happy. Bodybuilders are constantly looking for where improvements can be made and how to look better. I am guilty of this, I look at what I see as my flaws and hyper focus on them. Yes I am a perfectionist and I strive to look better than the previous year but at some point, I need to step back.
How can you see yourself from the viewpoint of others?
Step 1- Appreciate the journey. You have come a long way from where you were. Know that this is an improvement in itself. Maybe you sacrificed time with friends, cooked and prepared meals ahead of time, took care of your body and even missed holidays. We all do that when we have a goal. I suggest taking a look at the decisions you’ve made that have led towards a more positive lifestyle. Lift yourself up instead of putting yourself down.
Step 2- Make sure your goals are really what you want. i see people that get pushed into things they don't want to do simply because they want to feel like they "fit" in. Sometimes your goals are not realistic either. Being stage lean all year round is not healthy. Don't compare yourself to others highlight reel !
Step 3- Food is fuel ! You need to feed your body in order to perform better. Calorie restricted diets are not going to help you perform better. You should embrace a little extra thickness and start putting in work. Your body can be shaped, molded, and sculpted into many things. Don't get caught up in looking a certain way. Fads come on go. Having a healthy lifestyle you can maintain is far more important than looking good for a day and then falling off the diet wagon when you feel deprived.
If you start to feel like your not moving forward, remember why you started in the first place. You are on your own journey ! Create it, shape it, reinvent it often! You can do whatever you want to do !

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