Never lean enough, never muscular enough. There’s always a new standard & when you get off stage, you’re already seeing what needs improvement.
A few days after your show & your body looks different; Maybe like a balloon was blown up in your stomach? Months of work vanishing before your eyes. You begin doubting yourself.
Every time you look in the mirror your limiting beliefs repeat that you look fat, have no more lines, & definitely don’t look like you train as hard as you do/eat as well as you do; wtf happened? & Everyone around us thinks we are crazy...
Our body image can be verrry skewed after a show. We still aren’t our healthiest & yet we feel like we’ve over done it already. Or we become so used to our lean look that the moment a line or vein disappears it’s like we let ourselves go.
Eventhough we consciously know we need to get out of the deficit to make serious gains/changes to our body for next season. Squeezing the small amount of fat, questioning everything you’re doing, picking yourself apart, & restricting yourself again won’t help you achieve your Long term goals.
You’re not mentally healthy if you look in the mirror & see a skewed reflection. So, when you stand there feeling sad/disgusted w/ your body you’re reinforcing the deception. But how do we heal our body image? We have to become objective & see our body for what it really is.
Remember, you’re an athlete, a BUILDER of the body, you must be able to see yourself as a canvas & carry positive emotion into the creative process. You’re an artist. You may see your body like abstract when you look in the mirror but the more aware you are the more apparent it is that you are healthier, stronger, more free, & functioning.
You remember that your body loves you & cares for you on autopilot. The more you provide for her the more she shows up for you. We must evaluate our beliefs about our body. In prep, we focus so much on getting tighter/leaner.
When we transition to off season we MUST focus on new wins like growth, health, nutrition, efficiency, protection.
What would it mean for you if you could stand in front of the mirror, accept what you see for what it is, & still trust the process of growth?
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