Let’s just get right to it.
Media is all around us; Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter, snapchat, you name it. You can find any type of woman you want on those platforms right?
Analyze why you follow certain ladies on social media or look at women in magazines; analyze the thoughts you have about other women and what those thoughts are doing to your perception of YOURSELF.
Let’s talk fitness goals and perception.
For me, it’s lifting weights. I want to be stronger right? I look at other Instagram ladies out there putting up all the weight and I am like…WHY? WHY CAN’T I DO THAT?!
Well, I don’t put in enough time or proper recovery, and I don’t train consistently enough…That’s reality.
Comparison is deadly. You’ve got to keep it real. I am all for using other women as motivation and inspiration. However, I stand strongly against comparing yourself to others and thinking poorly of where you’re at; physically, spiritually, mentally, career-wise, diy mom-status, WHATEVER.
Will I be as strong as those ladies someday? Probably not. Do you know why?
Because I don’t train for powerlifting competitions, I don’t have a consistent work and travel schedule, and I’d rather put an extra hour into running a business than spending an extra hour in the gym or doing active recovery work.
My training serves as “me time,” as a stress relief. I cannot have it add more stress to my life. You feel me? If you have ever trained for an event, you know it is not all kicks and giggles. It takes serious TIME, and ENERGY.
I lift relatively heavy and absolutely have numbers that I would like to hit someday. I also just want to feel strong, like I am making progress and using my body how I feel I should. The good Lord gave it to me and I happen to like feeling strong. I like having a heavy barbell on my back, and pulling heavy-ish off the floor. I like feeling capable of moving my body and pushing it.
Any comparison to other women just breaks me down and robs me of the joy I find in my WHY for working out. When I am in a good state of mind, I look at those ladies and just appreciate them for the badass lifters that they are. I appreciate their time and effort and sacrifice to do what they do. When I am healthy I look at their 375 back squat and am inspired to go hit my 205. I’m not them, I am me. I do not have their training, their genetics, their schedule, their goals. I have mine. THAT IS WHAT I HAVE TO WORK WITH.
HEAD OVER TO INSTAGRAM AND CHECK OUT MY INSPIRATION LADIES. All very inspirational to me on different levels.
Go look at other women as inspiration and be careful you are NOT comparing yourself to them. Be grateful and hungry for progress simultaneously my friends.
Have grace for yourself & LET’S DO THIS!
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I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.
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