“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. ” – A.P.J Adbul Kalam
I know what it is like to go through a fitness transition and feel like you are in it alone. Trying to be healthy and take on active lifestyle can seem lonely when all your friends and family don’t seem to get it. Sure, they think it is great and they applaud you for your efforts but sometimes it doesn’t seem like it is enough. The same friend that said they are cheering you on is the same friend giving you a hard time for making gym a priority or trying to tempt you into eating pizza. It’s frustrating and it can hurt, but despite your feelings of loneliness it doesn’t mean that is the reality of your new fitness life.
I love training and competing in bodybuilding but it’s also a small subculture within the fitness community and can be looked at as “extreme”. Even though the underline theme of fitness is a commonalty among gym goers it can still feel like a lonely process. A few years ago when I was going through a tough time in my fitness transition, I was at the gym on the stair master, minding my own business and one of the physical trainers that work at my gym came up to me and handed me a sticky note. On the sticky note it was a suggestion on how to change-up my cardio. He explained the science behind it and went on his merry way. I could have been offended by this action, but instead I was thankful. I was thankful that this stranger thought to give me a tip on how to change things up because he wanted to help me succeed.
It was then I realized that in even my loneliness moments I actually have secret fans rooting me on.
So no matter who is giving you a hard time on your new lifestyle choices make it your mission to listen to those silent cheers. Sometimes those secret fans have the biggest voices and they are there to let you know that you aren’t in this alone!
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