I think it’s been awhile since I’ve talked about where I am personally in my fit journey and where I’m headed.
I reached a point earlier this year when I was no longer really aiming for physical progress – not because I was “giving up,” but because I felt really good about where I was. I guess most people call it “maintenance,” but I don’t really feel like that accurately describes what I’m doing. I’m doing the workouts I love, eating foods that I love, and all around loving the feelings of strength, good health and freedom to do what I feel like that day. I’m not “working” to maintain the body I have – I’m simply having fun with my workouts and staying balanced about food.
When I started this journey, it was all about being happy with my body and feeling happy and healthy. I no longer wanted to see things I wanted to change every time I looked in the mirror or saw myself in a photo. I no longer wanted to feel self conscious.
Along the way, at certain points, this goal was lost. It became temporarily replaced with the desire to look like somebody else, or lose “just a bit” more body fat, or give in to the pressures of social media to look like I’m progressing every week (which, btw, is not a thing). I’m not afraid to admit these things because I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not perfect.
But sometime this year, I reached a point where I felt happy with how I look, and I haven’t looked back since. I got there partly by letting go of the impulse to be perfect, and partly by changing the focus of my journey. I still have imperfections, like anyone else, but I was no longer making sacrifices or stressing over “fixing” them.
In the last year, I learned to focus more on my strength progress than physical progress. I am more motivated by a new PR on a squat or bench press or a new record for speed and endurance. I’ve always tried to have an athlete mindset, but sometimes other pressures made their way into my head and it was hard.
My journey recently has become more about helping others get to this amazing place that I love so much and cheering them on every step of the way. A different kind of #transformationturesday
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