Reality about fitness

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    Mar 09, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    Random post, because it's on my mind. I've never been in great shape, never had muscle, alternating from chubby to skinny. I've been working out consistently for the past two years, and now half way through my first round of P90X. I've realized that up until two years ago, I was afraid of working out because I was afraid I'd be disappointed if I worked hard and my body never measured up to "perfection," that flaws would actually be exaggerated. But now I know that perfection will never be achieved, but improvement can be. Success and improvement builds on itself, and it actually makes the flaws as I perceive them to be less important. Getting in shape is about small victories one step at a time, not achieving perfection. And that's why I'm still going.

    Anyway, I wanted to write that one down.

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    Mar 09, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    That's an excellent point! And great personal inspiration.

    I work out because I love the feeling of exercise. By no means do I have a "perfect" body, but since I started going I've noticed improvement. My ultimate goal is simply to be healthy and happy. The body-aspect is kind of a bonus that comes along with that icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 10, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    That is a great post! I have found the only way to stay motivated is to workout to improve myself not for anyone else. I hope you keep motivated!
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    Mar 10, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    You mean, that perfect body in your pics is not you?
    Dammit! I knew there had to be a catch.
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    buddy, that is a great way to look at fitness and your overall health. however, i do not think most think of fitness as a way of achieving perfection but a way of getting the best body or the best shape that they can obtain. at least that is the goal that i have always had.
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidbuddy, that is a great way to look at fitness and your overall health. however, i do not think most think of fitness as a way of achieving perfection but a way of getting the best body or the best shape that they can obtain. at least that is the goal that i have always had.



    I'm not sure what most people think. But for me, I never really had the motivation/courage to get into the best shape I can, and I think it was because I was afraid it wouldn't be worth it because there was no way I'd ever be happy with the way my body was... so why bother? This site actually helped me to alter my motivation to the mindset that you described, tuffguy, and it's made me stick with it well beyond what I thought would happen.

  • DR86

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    Mar 10, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    Great post - I had the same realization when I finally completed my 1st Round of P90X.You still doing P90X? Just started my 2nd Round on Monday - let me know!
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    DR86 saidGreat post - I had the same realization when I finally completed my 1st Round of P90X.You still doing P90X? Just started my 2nd Round on Monday - let me know!



    Yea, I'm on week 6 and going strong. It's working great for me!

  • massbuildah

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    Mar 11, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    DJdorchester saidRandom post, because it's on my mind. I've never been in great shape, never had muscle, alternating from chubby to skinny. I've been working out consistently for the past two years, and now half way through my first round of P90X. I've realized that up until two years ago, I was afraid of working out because I was afraid I'd be disappointed if I worked hard and my body never measured up to "perfection," that flaws would actually be exaggerated. But now I know that perfection will never be achieved, but improvement can be. Success and improvement builds on itself, and it actually makes the flaws as I perceive them to be less important. Getting in shape is about small victories one step at a time, not achieving perfection. And that's why I'm still going.

    Anyway, I wanted to write that one down.



    Thanks for posting that DJ! So many people want to start and are afraid to for so many reasons. Congratulations for getting started, and for improving your well being mentally as well as physically.

    Nice work, keep going strong!
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    Mar 11, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    Always keep in your mind that anyone short of a physical disability can transform themself. If the guys on the magazines and the hot guys here of all ages can do it you can. It ain't magic, it's persistence, stick-to-it-ivness, whatever you want to call it.
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    Mar 11, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    25yo guy at my gym with polio or cerebral palsy in the legs, uses a walker to get around..
    - Does the treadmill at maybe .1 MPH for 1/2 hour 3x week.
    - Then works out on several of the other machines.
    I always say HI and give him a thumbs up. He is a winner athlete.
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    Mar 11, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    NakedBudd said25yo guy at my gym with polio or cerebral palsy in the legs, uses a walker to get around..
    - Does the treadmill at maybe .1 MPH for 1/2 hour 3x week.
    - Then works out on several of the other machines.
    I always say HI and give him a thumbs up. He is a winner athlete.


    He's definitely a winner, and an inspiration!
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    NakedBudd said25yo guy at my gym with polio or cerebral palsy in the legs, uses a walker to get around..
    - Does the treadmill at maybe .1 MPH for 1/2 hour 3x week.
    - Then works out on several of the other machines.
    I always say HI and give him a thumbs up. He is a winner athlete.



    Amazing, that kind of thing is inspirational!

  • slimnmuscly

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    Mar 11, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    Very well said. I think you're right that the assumption that one's flaws will always outweigh the progress holds a lot of people back from working out. I hope some of them see this post.
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    Mar 11, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidAlways keep in your mind that anyone short of a physical disability can transform themself. If the guys on the magazines and the hot guys here of all ages can do it you can. It ain't magic, it's persistence, stick-to-it-ivness, whatever you want to call it.


    And a good dose of Photoshop. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 15, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    good attitude..........continue!
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    Mar 15, 2011 9:09 AM GMT
    Great job man! Nice post. Keep up the good work!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Mar 15, 2011 9:28 AM GMT
    DJdorchester said
    tuffguyndc saidbuddy, that is a great way to look at fitness and your overall health. however, i do not think most think of fitness as a way of achieving perfection but a way of getting the best body or the best shape that they can obtain. at least that is the goal that i have always had.



    I'm not sure what most people think. But for me, I never really had the motivation/courage to get into the best shape I can, and I think it was because I was afraid it wouldn't be worth it because there was no way I'd ever be happy with the way my body was... so why bother? This site actually helped me to alter my motivation to the mindset that you described, tuffguy, and it's made me stick with it well beyond what I thought would happen.

    dj, i am a trainer so i have a insight that most people do not have or at least i have a take on what most people do not. there are many people that have your mind set so never get involved in fitness because they never think they will accomplish his or her goals.
    however, i usually always try to change people's mind about their out look on fitness and the responsibility that they have to themselves to get in better shape but the responsibility they owe to their love ones to stay in better health. anyhow dj, i am glad you changed your mindset. i just wish others though more like you.
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    Mar 15, 2011 10:44 AM GMT
    It sounds as though you've finally arrived at a point in your life where you're comfortable with the skin you're in and have thus gained the power over it.

    That's a beautiful moment in life.

    Kudos.