If you are constantly walking by mirrors checking for some sign of a change or representation of behaviors (eating, exercise, sleep, pills, etc) then you’re taking yourself away from the bigger picture & moving close to the edge of dangerous cliff
This obsessive behavior is common among competitors considering its a physique driven sport where you’re literally judged on the way your body looks
It used to be SO habitual for me until I realized it was a habit that was distracting & taking me away from my goals
You know how it is, you walk by the mirror you don’t like what you see so you resort to a more extreme or negative behavior that has previously been positively conditioned in your mind to create a positive result
You saw yourself get leaner eating chicken & asparagus so when you‘re not appearing leaner you think to yourself “ok I just need to eat my chicken & asparagus” or “I just need to take x fat burners” or “I just have to stop eating xyz” or “I need to do extra cardio” or or or
It’s not productive
Even If you look in the mirror repeatedly because you LIKE what you see, you’re then creating positive reinforcements (again usually connected to whatever current behaviors you have which separately may not even be healthy—key detail) for this “ideal” body shape or size
When you rely on the mirror checks to bring your confidence up or validate your work you further yourself from having other confidence boosting activities or internal validations
Over obsession on shape can lead to destructive behaviors
How is that going to help you be a better competitor if it leads you to binging or restricting?
Or help you have a successful off season if you just constantly judge yourself for lines that disappear?
Or help you commit to your prep when progress is slower or different than expected?
So why wouldn’t you stop a habit as small yet powerful as that?
If you think you’re body checking too much, you probably are
It doesn’t mean you should never look in a mirror, it just means you need to be conscious of your behaviors, like anything 🧠💓
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
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