It's so easy to get discouraged when you feel like the results you want just aren't coming fast enough.
It's so easy to get discouraged when you think about how far you have to left to go towards achieving your goal.
It's so easy to get discouraged on those days when you just don't seem to have the motivation you once had.
Sometimes people get so caught up on just getting results as fast as possible that they forget to enjoy the process!
I think one of the reasons I have had success is that I never really had an "end goal", as far as how I wanted to look, or getting to a certain weight or body fat percentage or anything like that. I wanted to build muscle, yes, but I never really even thought about how long it was going to take.
I just truly enjoyed lifting weights.
I loved going to the gym. I loved feeling and seeing my muscles work. I loved training hard and pushing myself with every rep. I loved getting stronger and seeing my weights increase over time. I loved seeing my muscles grow a little more and a little more. I loved learning as much as I could about fitness and nutrition and bodybuilding.
I enjoyed the journey so much that it was like I looked in the mirror one day and realized, 'woah-I've really come a long way!'
My time in the gym was (and still is) a stress reliever, an outlet, and an adrenaline rush! If I had only thought about how long it was going to take to get to where I wanted to be and didn't enjoy what I was doing along the way, I would've gotten discouraged many times.
But for me, there was never an "end" in sight. Fitness was my life. Lifting was my passion.
And although I have almost achieved the look I want, I will never stop. There will always be something new to learn. There will always be something I can get stronger at. There will always be new goals to set.
Fitness is NOT punishment; it should not be thought of as a chore. It should not be something that you dread. It is something that you do for yourself to honor and respect the body you were given, so that you can BE and FEEL the best that you possibly can.
Don't forget to have fun and enjoy the journey!