It’s been five weeks now since I’ve eaten clean and exercised consistently. Next week all fitness restrictions from my surgery come off and while I’m excited to begin training for my next bodybuilding competition, I also feel a bit overwhelmed, like I’m starting over again. It feels like I’m at the bottom of the mountain, doing mental calculations of exactly how much mental and physical exertion it’s going to take to climb up the stairs to get there again. And there’s this little nagging voice in the back of my head asking…
Is it really worth the effort?
There is a reason why bodybuilding is a niche sport: it’s hard. While your friends are drinking margaritas and eating nachos, you’re pulling out Tupperwear with homemade lukewarm tilapia, green beans and brown rice. Co-workers talk about how much fun a 45 minute Zumba class is and you’re pumping iron 90 minutes four days a week plus cardio. And you ask…
Why am I doing this?
Have you ever felt like this? Maybe you’re training for a 10k, or a triathlon, or going back to the gym for the first time in years, and the exuberance of signing up for it has worn off and now you’re beginning to panic.
“It’s easy to climb up a mountain! It’s easy to train for a sport! It’s easy to eat clean consistently in all social situations!” said no one ever.
So I’m telling my inner voice to shut up and I’m starting to get back into training. Know why? Because the view from the mountaintop is stunning, and the feeling of training hard for something is worth the effort. Here’s to conquering mountains.
What about you? What are big project are you staring down?
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