I love the gym. Always motivated. My body’s a temple and I never binge eat.
I’m currently sat in my dressing gown, it’s 1:24pm and I’m definitely not up for training today.
If you’ve ever ventured into the gym in any shape or form, you’ll know motivation can be tough to come by at some point. You look on instagram and see all these “perfect” bodies, you become deflated and wish you could be just like them. Well I’m here to make you feel a little better…
Fortunately, although we all thank Instagram for its numerous filters when we’re having those bad skin days, it is not real life. Those “perfect bodies” unless genetically freaky which the vast majority of us are not (sucks I know!), don’t tend to be a year round destination. Also, it’s amazing what you can do with a few twists and turns, along with the right camera angle to make your ass go from pancake to OH LAWD in 0.2 seconds. Trust me, I’ve seen it all.
I guess my point is, don’t get down from comparing your body to that of an Instagram photo. Photos can be taken endlessly when lean and posted throughout the year. What you’re seeing may not even be the current situation.
What you do need to do is remember why you started, look at your goals and decide if you’re really comfortable with sitting on your damn pancake ass and being okay with not achieving them. If the answer is yes, then cool, that’s absolutely fine but if it’s a no then realise these are the days that count and you will thank yourself when you have a firmly rounded peach to carry around.
Personally, my motivation can disappear for weeks at a time. For a girl that goes to the gym 5-6 days a week that’s crazy right? Well it’s the truth and I know it’s the same for many of my fellow competitors and fitness “fanatics”, male and female. What we realise is that we cannot give up and we’ll be damned if we let our hard work disappear. We also remember to treat ourselves. Chocolate cake is our kryptonite and yes we will always order a dessert… or two.
Now, I do not at all condone an unhealthy lifestyle. What I do believe in is balance. As much as I love prepping for shows and looking “FAF” in a bikini, I have a life, I have friends and I have a boyfriend that as supportive as they are, do not deserve to watch me eat chicken and sweet potato every Saturday night and falling asleep by 10pm. Embrace your curves, use weights to enhance them and don’t consistently overeat. Eat well, look after your body, don’t neglect it but remember your loved ones and make those memories. Nobody wants the most exciting thing to be said at their funeral to be, “well she had a cracking set of tupperware tubs”.
Above everything, don’t be too hard on yourself and just make sure your earned that pizza!
Love ya lots,
P.S. I promise I’m off to the gym now.