If you are feeling stuck, pay attention to your thoughts. Many times it is all in your mind. Change your perception and take action.
What if I told you that your blocks are mostly only in your mind?
Sincerely, I never thought it was possible.
How could someone go, for example, through very strict diets, work out 5 to 6 times a week, and still find time to participate in races?
Back in the in the day when I was involved with fitness, I saw it happening a couple of times.
And you know what? I started to do a lot myself too!
Despite the fact that I don’t have a set date to go back on stage, a lot changed in my mind about what is (not) possible.
Old mindsets you need to get rid of
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One of them is the well-known Can’t.
Do you want to burn fat and build muscle together?
Do you want to stay fit after a certain age?
Do you think you can have a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy a night out?
I remember when I told some friends that I wanted to compete in Bikini, some dropped that You-Can’t look on me (and others even said it out loud).
It’s true that to be able to burn fat and build muscle at the same time, you have to invest a lot of time and have tons of patience while understanding the mechanics of your body.
There aren’t 2 people with the exact same metabolism.
What works perfectly for one, may be useless for another.
In order to achieve this “impossible” combination, you have to:
- try different food combinations
- put together varied meal plans
- play around with your rest days
All that until you figure out what works best for you.
Does the fact that isn’t easy make it impossible?
All it takes is getting started and some dose of patience.
I’m not in my 20s anymore.
My body works differently from most of my fitness friends.
However, I’m not implying it doesn’t work anymore.
Like we all make adaptations to our training on a regular basis to keep the muscles guessing, I also keep my metabolism busy to avoid it getting lazy.
It’s a minimum effort that produces fantastic results.
Getting a six-pack isn’t as easy as it used to be, but the change in my intake brought an increase in my life quality I never thought possible before.
It’d have been better if I had not stopped working out when I was 26.
Still, it isn’t an excuse for not trying to get back (and staying) on track after the 30s.
It’s true that I mostly eat the food I bring out with me.
One of the reasons is that comfort food doesn’t satisfy me anymore.
Fast food and exaggerated amounts of sweets cause me headaches and most of the time, the hunger remains, or gets back after half an hour or so.
It’s fact that because I’m not competing in fitness anymore, I don’t have to get extremely lean.
On the other hand, if I want to keep on improving my running stats and lifting heavier every day, I need to feed my body with enough resources.
So recently, I have been going out more, enjoying some food porn and yet, my progress is right on spot.
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The key is knowing oneself and finding balance.
Getting to know yourself
What is the missing point for achieving the things you want for your physique (and yourself)?
This answer only you can give. And even though you might not be aware of it, it is already in your mind.
Accept your uniqueness instead of fighting against it.
It might be true that X lost Y pounds with a miraculous diet and that Z doubled their muscle mass following the plan W. While you, didn’t see any results even though you stick to their plans 100%.
The thing is: you aren’t either X or Z.
You are YOU!
Stop hoping to find a standard magic pill you’ll take and transform yourself in the blink of an eye.
There are some extraordinary solutions out there, and they work for some, but it doesn’t mean they’re good for everyone, including you.
It isn’t like someone else’s way is bad. Just that their way isn’t yours.
Sit down for a moment and (re)evaluate your objectives.
The benefits of getting to know yourself better go beyond weight loss and fitness goals.
What is it that you REALLY want?
It cannot be your spouse’s or friend’s dream. It must be YOURS.
How do you expect to achieve it?
Why do you think it’s THE way for you?
Did you read on a magazine?
Did someone you know got great results from it?
Do you believe it’s for you?
If you have been following a successful plan for some time without getting results, are you sure you are doing it the right way?
Sometimes, 98% is just not enough.
Are you willing to it give it all until the ‘end’?
If not, why is that? What is stopping you?
Make sure you are not boycotting your own progress by being stubborn.
Allow yourself to grow, change and get adapted to other possibilities.
Become your best friend instead of an enemy.
Free your mind from mental blocks and SHINE.
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
Do you have written on stone rules in your head that might be blocking your Personal Development?
NOTE: I originally published the first version of this post in 2014. It was kind of lost in my archives. Since the topic is as relevant now as when I wrote it, I thought it was a nice idea to update it and share it with you.