Today’s blog post is about my fitness transformation. I wanted to go into details and give you guys a glimpse into what it took to get me from my 2015 shape to my 2020 shape.
For starters, my goal was to get strong. I therefore prioritised heavy lifting and eating in order to get strong and grow. As a natural athlete, reaching my bodybuilding potential was going to be difficult and still is. It is even more difficult because it takes longer to build healthy muscles this way. My goal has always been to make my lifestyle work for me so my tips are hopefully going to translate to you in a way where you can see how hard work can actually get you results.
My training and eating
I started lifting weights in 2015, my first three months gave me the best gains because my body was still adapting to the stimulus of weights, afterwards, things became slow. I kept training and I have to say, consistency is crucial.
Additionally, I had to start eating more. For somebody who used to undereat, eat the wrong things and just gorge on whatever tasted good, this was also part of the learning curve. I prioritize high-protein meals and I do not eat sugar. Whether or not I eat carbs depends on my goals but since I am not a professional fitness model, I do not need to be carb-cutting, etc.
Discipline and accountability
Additionally, seeing fitness as a learning curve, a process and a journey is the mindset that is needed. As a fitness addict, the biggest transformational lesson to me was that of accountability. I went from somebody who could not even track what they had for lunch to somebody who uses a journal to write down my weekly PR’s and lifts. This is an accountability mindset that allows me to take full responsibility for what goes into my body and the kinds of weights that I use. It also allows me to benchmark my progress, tweak up what is not working and find out what is. I used to loathe the slow process involved with lifting weights, I now see it as crucial.
The fascinating thing for me, on my journey, has been to learn about how flexible fitness actually is. My ultimate belief is that this process can become enjoyable to anyone. While I am met with skepticism on this, you really should have met me before, I was quite terrified of lifting weights, I avoided the “men’s section” at the gym and I ate like crap.
I now lift heavy, I am not afraid of getting “bulky”, rather, I see the fitness physique as a flexible process, much like a canva and a paintbrush is a process. Fitness and lifting weights is one part, the other is the artist or the “fit person”, and this is highly subjective.
The value of embracing fear
My biggest aim with this blog was to transmit the message of fearlessness to you. Fearlessness is an attitude that helped me overcome my challenges, it also helped me become more comfortable in being a fit person, adopting the mindset, the self-confidence and the resilience that this process requires.
The perfect body will not make you happy. It can, however, strengthen your ability to tolerate hardship.
Fearlessness is not about simplifying the discomfort of lifting weights, nor does it mean that a perfect body is going to be the end-all to all of the internal woes that life gives us. Rather, pain and fear directs us to our inner selves, it reveals to us the power that is waiting to be transformed into something greater. Fitness often becomes addictive to those who have faced struggle, uncertainty or hardship. It is the first place men go after a break up, and women go to strengthen their broken self-image. It is a haven on a deep level for pain to transmute into success.
In a fitness journey, the battles are fought internally, they are daily struggles, whether mental or physical. They require mental strength and physical duress. There is nothing easy to me about going heavy on squats or other lifts, I simply acknowledge that difficulty is going to exist whether I do it or not, so I lean in, and do it. Fearlessness is not an idea, not a concept nor a marketing term, it is an acknowledgment of pain, fear, discomfort and doing it anyway.
Great self-love and personal growth is on the other side of pain, fearlessness only directs your attention towards that.
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