It’s me against…well me really
Wow look at the size of him, he is huge. Wow look at her, she is all fit and stuff.
Yeah it’s a sad fact of life that we always compare ourselves to others. Why do we do that? That’s a question for daytime TV, not here because I don’t have a definitive answer.
I have been training for a long time, and have been in this place myself, and although you can use others in the gym as motivation, that’s all they should be. You don’t know what their genetics are, what their diet is, what their metabolism is like. In fact you may not know anything about them other than their wonderful figure.
But you do know about you. And the only person you should be comparing yourself to is you, from yesterday, from last week, from last month, from last year. Because you are making improvements every day, in all aspects not just your training.
Your battles are yours and yours alone in this realm. You know what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are. You know where you need to dig deep and where the “hey this is easy” bits are.
There will be people, who have been doing this for an age, who make it look easy, but that’s them. Your time will come, this is all part of the journey you are on. Let your training speak for you, your results will do the shouting too. Remember that everyone in the gym has been where you are, they all had their first day of training, where they didn’t know what they were doing, where they may have been out of shape too. We are all of a solitary path, but we are doing it together. Your reasons are yours, as the next persons are theirs.
So when you feel that pang of why can’t I look like that person hitting you, just look in the mirror, that is your competition right there. But that competitor is also a friend, who wants nothing more than to see you succeed. So give yourself a bit of a break, and embrace what you are doing as what you are doing is working.
All we can do is chip away every day, and see small improvements as we go. This is not only a journey that will change our physical appearance but it will also change our mind set, our way of approaching problems. The way we look at things. You will change so much more than you realise. There is no end line with this either, it’s what our bodies are supposed to do, move and improve.
As with anything the love and support of our families are vital for the success of anything that we do, more so even on a journey like this… but your fitness family understand… and that’s how it should be, we are all family after all.
until next time, take care and love lifting.