Tomorrow I’m going into my fourth week of carb-cycling, intense training and cardio. I have noticed a significant change in my body; I’ve become stronger, and I’ve started to see muscle definition. The weights I am lifting and the reps I am achieving show that motivation and sacrifice pay off. The health professionals are reputable when they say you can achieve anything if you are dedicated and have obtainable goals.
At the beginning of any challenge, you never see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you push yourself and surround yourself with optimistic people you can achieve anything.
Today I realised that my life revolves around studying full-time and going to the gym full-time; I don’t have the time for anything else. I’m either in a class or at the gym. My sessions usually last around 1-1.5 hours and then the remainder of the time I am foam rolling and stretching, and when I finally look at the time, I realise I have been at the gym for about 3.5 hours.
I’m my happiest when I am at the gym, and even though I have a scheduled rest day on Saturday’s, I still feel lost, and my body is raring to go. However, my body is thankful that I allow a rest day. Otherwise I will be overworked and wouldn’t be able to perform my best during the week.
I’ve made some lifestyle changes and forced myself to change my perspective on many things; job prospects, relationships, goals and my mentality. My life has changed for the better; I don’t drink anything besides water, I avoid all party scenes and my Saturday nights have been swapped for quiet nights in watching something silly like Dance Moms, instead of drinking games and socialising. I know what you’re thinking, but I am happy, and that’s all that matters.
I have decreased my friend network and only the people who are supportive and positive have made the cut. It’s a decision I have made to better myself as an individual in this crazy world. It’s hard having ‘friends’ who bring you down because your successes threaten them; real friends are supportive when you accomplish something and are genuinely happy.
My goals aren’t a secret, but I only tell those who are legitimately interested. Sometimes I even lose sight of my goals, but even when that happens, I still go about my daily routine and end up finding my way again.
People give up for many reasons, but wouldn’t you want to be known as the individual who didn’t give up and achieved the goals you set? More people give up than those who achieve. Make a difference in your life and do something you can be proud of.
It’s always better to say ‘I did it’ than ‘I can’t be bothered’. If you’re afraid of failing, don’t be; failure fuels your desire to achieve.
I’m ready to embrace week four and continue to challenge myself; lifting heavier and testing my strengths. If I happen to fail along the way, at least I tried. If I fall and want to give up, my supporters will pick me up and tell me to keep going, because you’re never going to achieve your goals by laying on the floor.