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HOW FITNESS BECAME SO DIFFICULT
- The Reason You're Struggling And What You Can Do About It -
My name is Felix, and I've been in fitness for 11 years. With your permission, I'd like to share my story that may help you if you're struggling with consistency. I understand your frustration, and I want to help you avoid the mistakes I made.
What I'm sharing can be distilled into 3 controversial ideas:
- Relationship With Fitness
How you FEEL about your habits matters more than the habit itself.
- Speed "Trap"
An obsession with speed and results is a trap. It creates a tunnel vision where you don't see what really matters.
- Balance Is A Necessity
Neglected areas in life become limiting factors. Remove them, and you will improve exponentially.
My journey started in 2004. I hated the way I look, so I decided to attempt weight lost. I picked the most comfortable gym I could find that's within my budget, thinking that a nice gym is all I need to see results.
But months went by, and through all the ellipticals, treadmills and pump classes I do, nothing changed. It was frustrating.
I read FB posts, articles, then books. Bought programs. Learned diets. And after a ton of fuckarounditis, I decided that enough is enough. It was time to get serious.
I doubled down on everything I can think of, and for four months, I:
- Prepped all my meals.
- Counted all my calories.
- Said yes only to healthy food, said NO to ALL unhealthy foods.
- Cardio mornings...everyday.
- Weight evenings...5 days a week.
I was living and breathing fitness...and I hated every second of it. But then again, no pain no gain - right? So I willpowered my way through, and lost 13kg of fat, and gained 8kg of muscles. Results!
Never mind that weird sound my knee was making. Never mind that my lower back hurts whenever I moved a certain way. I've gotten what I wanted. Girls were checking me out! For the first time in my life, I had abs.
I constantly got approached for advice. And the mantra I tell myself and those around me?
"If you want it bad enough, you'll do whatever it takes. No pain, no gain."
A year later, I lost it all.
It began with the idea. "I deserve a break". And the idea turned into decision. "It's alright, I've already done it before." And the decision turned into denial, shame and self-loathing for what I couldn't do.
I justified my failures. Told myself I was too busy. That I don't care for packs, and all I wanted to do was help beginners find their way. Fuck it. Life's too short.
Soon enough, I got obese again. And with that, enough self-hate to propel me for another 4 months of fitness transformation. For 8 years I was trapped in this cycle of loathing > results > relapse, until I found the idea that would change everything.
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