Fitness Isn't Always Fun And Gains

Fitness Isn't Always Fun And Gains

Not everyone embraces the suck, and for that, they suck.

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There's nothing I love more than seeing people improve their physical and mental health by hitting the gym. Even though I still hold some disdain for Planet Fitness (see my article from a while back calling them out), if people feel most comfortable there and are actually working on their health, I am 110% behind them. However, there is something missing from the majority of those who are the face of the fitness world — transparency.

As my headline suggests, fitness isn't always fun and gains. If you're like me, I thoroughly enjoy physically and mentally pushing myself to the brink. For most people, however, the physical and mental grind is the reason why fitness turns them away because it's not easy. From a mentality standpoint, putting your body under stress doesn't seem worth the investment of time for many people. The problem I have with the fitness world as it is right now is a lack of transparency. We know that people put the most filtered versions of themselves on Instagram. It can be a perception thing, an art-based form of a self-marketing thing, or a completely born out of insecurity thing (this list is not exhaustive). This is dangerous for those trying to get into fitness, and those trying to stay in fitness.

People who are learning about the fitness world, i.e. how to diet and exercise as well as find the routine that works best for them, see the polished versions of those individuals they look up to. They never see the entire truth. Yes, most days working out for me is great and overall, I love dieting because of its structure. However, rarely shown is how much fitness can plain and simply suck. When I'm sick, do you think I want to lift? You think eating the same meal for five or six days a week is awesome every single day? You think I don't feel like slacking off sometimes? I don't, it sucks, and hell yes.

Those who play face in the industry, however, like to act like fitness is a breeze. They post short workout clips and make it seem like getting results is throwing some weights around a few days each week and hitting the treadmill. Then they post their "cheat" meals that they can eat "because they lift," and promise results from a half-assed regiment.

I can tell you one thing about these people — they are either genetically blessed, or they are faking it to make themselves look good. I used to idolize these people in the industry because their lives seemed so perfect. But just because @GirlsNameHereFitLife is 5'2 and has been naturally toned her whole life doesn't make her a fitness personality that you should follow just because she posts a few lifting photos and videos. Same for @BrosWithBigArmsAndChickenLegs, posting cheeseburgers and pizza after a "lift session."

We as people should learn to better see through the BS people put online.

This fakeness on social media creates a false perception for those who don't understand how a fit lifestyle actually works. They get discouraged because they don't see results that they want, even though they follow the plans that these fitness personalities sold them on. Even better, they believe they can run the weekend warrior diet of crash dieting during the week and feeling like garbage, but slam down drinks and junk food all weekend and still look shredded.

Most importantly, good and honest people are duped into believing that a lackadaisical workout and dieting regiment will produce results, simply based on what the influencers are publishing on their pages. These new people don't understand that it takes consistency, and doing the work even when you do not want to. Or that calories are the ultimate determinant of your overall body composition, and orienting your diet around them and not some dumb fad diet is the way to achieve results.

So many great messages get lost in the polished bullshit because fitness is "cool" now. Fitness isn't always fun, and gains don't come easily. The reason I started my fitness page, @gainwithgoodwin, isn't that I wanted to show off or get endorsements. It was so I could be someone different in the industry, and help enhance the messages of those who don't put out bullshit content (see @syattfitness as a great example).

You don't have to torture yourself to make progress with fitness. Just know that progress isn't always as glorious as these semi-celebrities make it out to be.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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