Never lean enough, never muscular enough—I’ve been there but it only led to self-sabotage & doubt
When you get off stage, you’re already seeing what needs improvement to meet a new standard
A few days pass 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—sabotaging urges build as a result
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?
Body image can become skewed after a show especially if directly correlated to actions
You start to feel like you’ve ‘over done it’ already
Or you become so used to your lean look that the moment a line or vein disappears you feel like you let yourself go (often followed by ‘f-it’ behavior)
But you consciously know you need to get out of the deficit to make serious gains/changes to your 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
So, when you stand there feeling sad/disgusted with your body you’re reinforcing the deception
But how do you heal your body image? It is complex
You must be compassionate & objective
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
Evaluate your beliefs about your body
When transitioning to off season focusing on new wins like growth, health, nutrition, efficiency, protection, etc can help you stand in front of the mirror, accept what you see for what it is, & still trust the process
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Photos from my last peak week when being dry & exhausted is worth it