So stop telling yourself that you’re tired. When you’re struggling to finish those reps keep telling yourself, “I’m only 40% done!! Don’t quit!” ....
Working out is 80% mental. People look at me like “yeah, whatever” when I say that. But it’s a fact! You have to go over mental hurdles to simply drag your ass there. Then you have to mentally convince yourself to lift the weight, to go heavier, to do more reps than usual, to hit a PR. All those things start with a thought! So when it gets tough it’s your mental strength that has to overcome your physical weakness. Stop shaking your head no... stop saying you’re tired... stop saying it’s hard. Instead, shake your head yes! Tell yourself I got this! This is light weight! I never give up! And watch yourself pull through. ...
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When someone asks me why I workout, the one thing that comes to mind is confidence.
Back in 2014 when I started working out, I was doing it just to lose weight. Well, I lost about 30lbs and guess what, I was still very self conscious and wasn’t sure how to live in that new body. My clothes were to big but smaller clothes were to tight for my comfort level. I still found myself hiding behind sweatshirts and my husbands old shirts. I was frustrated because I wasn’t feeling the way I saw others who lost weight feel.
It wasn’t until probably a year ago that I realized losing weight doesn’t automatically make you feel any different about yourself. You could lose 100lbs and still not feel any better. For me, I just still felt unhappy.
I finally had to start working on my mental health and not just my physical body. I had to learn how to be proud of myself and find confidence in what I was doing. I had to look in the mirror and see what others saw and not what I used to see.
My body has changed a lot over the last few years. I actually weigh the same now than I did before I lost weight but my body composition is completely different. I’m strong, I’m healthy, and most importantly, I’m proud and confident with who I am. I love watching myself in the mirror when I lift because I love seeing progress and areas for opportunity. I love having muscle and moving heavy weight. I love knowing how far I’ve truly come in the last 5 years and I love sharing that with the world.
I guess I’m sharing this for anyone who is struggling to find happiness after starting or wanting to start their fitness journey. My advise is to just start regardless of the reason. More than likely, that reason will change over time and that’s totally ok. If you need help or guidance feel free to reach out!! I can share my journey with you and recommend coaches if you want to hire someone (which I highly recommend if you’re first starting out!). Bottom line, you’re not alone and I’m cheering for you!!!