The gym is the place I go to free myself and free my mind. It's not always easy to stay on this path to fitness but it is worth it in the end. I have learned a lot in the last few years. This is 7 things I learned on my path to fitness.
How to have a routine
I never really had a routine. As an ADHD diagnosed with impulsivity, it was primordial I had one. People with ADHD need routine. Reliable schedules for mornings, after work, and bedtime make a tremendous difference in setting expectations, building good habits, and improving ADD-related behavior. I began to write down my workouts, write down the days I was going to the gym, did meal prepping, when to take my vitamines, etc. I set myself some training hours as well so I don't skip the gym.
To love myself
This was a hard one. I never loved myself, my appearance, inside and out. I was bullied all my life so for me, loving myself was a big no no. Training helped me gain confidence, it helped me take care of myself and love who I was. It is not an easy path or a fun one, but it is important. When you don't love yourself, you cannot love anyone else. I had a frustration, a pain, that had to be lashed out on something. For me, it was the gym. It allowed my body to scream louder ''I exist and I'm worth it''. I let it all go. I was free.
“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror
who has been through so much but is till standing.”
I’m learning to love myself. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. When you love yourself, everything else will fall into place.
To eat what's good for me
I had really bad eating habits. I went from overweight to bulimic to anorexic to fit. I went through a lot of things. I was eating my emotions, then puking them then ignoring them. Fitness taught me how to eat what's good for me when I need it.
Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
It also helps with sleeping patterns, energy levels, and your general health. You may have noticed that your mood often affects the types of food you choose, as well as how much you eat. You are what you eat. The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore. By taking steps to eat healthy, you'll be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. As with physical activity, making small changes in your diet can go a long way, and it's easier than you think!
who I am
When I look back to see who I was before and who I've become, I see two complete different persons. Physically and mentally.
But what I also see is me. I see a girl who became a woman, who went through hell and back. I see what I overcame.
I built myself around fitness. My whole life revolves around it. These four pictures... The ones on the left where two months after I started training, 5 years ago now... The ones on the right where this week and last month. I can see I became a woman. I recognize myself more. I love myself more. I was lacking self confidence and self love.
How to beat my mental
Your worst enemy when it comes to training is yourself. Yes you have read that right. Your mind will tell you it is tired. It will tell you you can't lift that much weight. It will tell you to stop. It will also tell you that you want to eat junk food. It will scream to you but you will have to scream louder that NO! No, you will not give up.
Mind muscle connection
Simply put, the mind-muscle connection is a conscious and deliberate muscle contraction. It's the ability to focus the tension you create during exercise on a specific muscle or region of muscles in the body, which is the difference between passively and actively moving the weight. Researchers have found that when individual employs an external focus of attention during a physical movement, this allows them to achieve greater maximum force production, greater performance on tests of athletic ability, and more reps in tests of muscular endurance.
How to be strong
Mentally and physically. I've been thrown to the wolves and I returned leading the pack.
Thank you for reading!