Changing My Tune on Exercising

I used to play soccer, and it was great. Through soccer I made great friends, and my shape was great. This however was close to 14 years ago. Between then and now, well, I’ve become quite the big guy. It’s hard to admit, seeing as I spend a lot of moments looking back at what once was. It’s a horrible place to be stuck in, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But the fact is, and as cliché as it might sound, the only person able to make a change, is yourself.

I’ve recently begun finding joy in exercising again, and though I used to hate the thought of jogging, things have changed. Getting back to the shape I once had is going to be difficult, but not impossible. But if anyone out there thinks along the lines of what I do, a distant goal can be quite the challenge. As I often (and unfortunately) tend to repeat to myself, what good is tomorrow, if I can’t survive today? It’s obvious that I need to change the way that I think, and trust me, I’m working on it. I’ve never been able to make myself set smaller goals, which makes the process of losing weight and getting in shape even more difficult. There is however one thing that has kept me motivated, and eager, to work out. It’s simply the feeling of afterwards. As in you’ve lifted something heavy, or have run a distance. You’re freshly showered, and your tired muscles are giving you a “Well done”. Even if you for some reason can’t complete the entire set, or the workout you planned, at least you tried. And that’s a lot better than just sitting on the couch. The next time, try a little bit harder, run a little bit faster, push yourself just the tiniest bit. Improvement isn’t just in the bigger steps, it’s in the small ones as well. That’s what I try to tell myself at least.

Other things that help me with motivation is reading about working out, before actually doing it. Currently I’m working on the program called Stronglifts. You can read more about it at http://www.stronglifts.com. Reddit as well is a big help, either looking at before/after pictures, or /r/GetMotivated.

I’ll be posting more about Stronglifts in the weeks to come, mainly for myself to keep track of things.

The way is tough, but well worth it. Or so I’ve been told. ;)

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