I’m sure you have all heard the phrase “You are what you eat” well the same is true for the phrase “You are what you THINK.”
Getting to know you more and more each day, I have encountered a few folks in the gym who have been open about your insecurities in the gym but let’s be real, we ALL have insecurities in AND out of the gym. Males and females both deal with body image, confidence, and more negative self talk situations, especially with the Instagram stars and media that is constantly putting the “pretty people” in our view so consistently that we think that’s what “Normal” is.
But I want to tell you something, YOU ARE AMAZING!!
You are in the gym and working on nutrition, taking control in your hands. Most of society hasn’t even taken that step so you are far ahead of the game. I saw a guy a long time ago in Planet Fitness (long before I drank the CrossFit Kool-aid) with a T-shirt on that said on the back,
“IT’S YOU VS YOU”
And that has always stuck with me. I have been doing CrossFit for 5 years and there are still many movements I can’t do (yet) and workouts that I scale. But I remind myself that I am stronger, quicker, and overall more healthy, both physically and mentally than if I was at home on the couch or even a day/month/year ago.
The truth is, negative self talk has a greater effect than you think and can significantly hamper your objectives. I challenge you to switch from the negative comments in your head to positives ones, or pick a mantra or positive phrase that you tell yourself. It will take practice to switch that mindset but it is critical. Examples of negative comments are:
-“I can’t even run a mile, cardio is useless and I should give up.”
-”Why do I even workout, and I’ll never lose the weight.”
-”I haven’t gained any muscle mass, skinny guys like me don’t belong in the gym.”
Switch to positive comments like these (even if you don’t believe it now, your subconscious still hears it and eventually you will believe it):
-”One workout stronger than yesterday.”
-”Give this your very best.”
-”I am strong and capable.”
-”Make every minute count.”
-”I am proud of what I can accomplish and how far I have come.”
There is already enough haters in life, the last person that needs to be hating on you is YOU! “Do your best and forget the rest.” Thank you to those who have been open about your insecurities but all of us at the gym are so proud of you and know how awesome you are, now it’s time for you to believe that you are awesome too!