I’ve got to be honest. I’m really not into working out right now. I have still been going to the gym, but it stops there. I haven’t been doing any ab work at home, so how I will ever achieve this 8 pack is beyond me.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in this fitness thing. Endorphins are infectious. But the frustrating part that I experience, is that the more fitness blogs/instagrams I follow, the more I’m dissatisfied with my own achievements. I think it’s human nature to compare yourself, unfortunately. But the thing is, they are all just pictures. I bet most are even doctored up to make you and I feel worse about ourselves. The bottom line is that you cannot compare yourself. What you have and are achieving is up to you, and only you know where you have come from. Beyond living in a fitness center, some things (such as overly sculpted bodies) have variations that are beyond your control. Such as genetics. For instance, abs. Abs are made in the kitchen, maintained by exercise, but genetically manufactured to begin with. I think I love doing abs so much because it’s the genetic card I was dealt. So the last thing I would ever want to do would be to make another woman feel bad about her own abs. If it makes you feel better, I have terrible
legs. They’re huge! The more squats I do, obviously, the bigger they become. The more I run, the bigger they get. They’re just muscular legs. They will never ever in a million years be those toned, super model legs, and it took me a long time to be perfectly fine with that. I make a point to still exercise them because I know that my entire body functions as a whole. But I don’t have unrealistic expectations that they will ever look like Jessica Alba’s or even my best friend’s legs. You have to be happy with what God gave you and believe it or not, he did give you parts that are better than others.
Focus on your strong points. If you have great legs, do everything you can to keep them. If you have a strong core, embrace it and maintain it. Maybe you have incredible endurance. My point is, don’t be discouraged by aspects of your body that don’t look like someone else’s because your shape is unique and it is YOUR”S! We cannot trade body parts and construct our perfect body image. Our bodies will age and the most important thing we can hold onto is our health.
With all that being said, I will post my progress picture (because I said that I would) and it’s not what I wanted it to be, but guess what? I’m okay with that and for the sake of honesty, if I really wanted an 8 pack I definitely could have been working a lot harder to get it. The thing is, that life is busy. That’s not an excuse, it’s the truth. Life is full of plenty of things that I don’t want to miss. I go to the gym at least 4-5 times a week and I am keeping myself healthy and pushing myself when I am there. But there comes a point in which it can become obsessive and I don’t want to ruin my entire day by stressing myself out with regimented routines that I don’t have time for. What’s the point of being in perfect shape if you have to sacrifice your happiness and dare I say, your family’s happiness to do so? There’s more to life than muscles.
Take care of yourself, set goals, push yourself. But make sure you are keeping it balanced or you will just make yourself crazy.
Have a wonderful weekend:)