What? You really thought that I would write the topic of how I urge you to quit the gym?
Here is actually one real story of why you never never ever should stop working out. Perhaps my little beginning story will change your mind and you’ll never quit the gym.
My diet has never been the best. All my life I was eating any food without second thoughts about calories, fats, etc. Since we moved to Ireland the local cuisine got even worse. Locals actually prefer quite unhealthy meals. For three damn years, I was drinking 3 big cups of 6% milk fat latte with vanilla syrup. (average 3 spoons of sugar)
Once again – 3 big latte. 6% fat milk. 3 years.
And here is more: gummy bears, cookies, bacon. I came 70 kilos and moved back for about 95. Yes, you’re right my dear friend. I got fat. So I know what I’m talking about.
Back in present
Tbh: I have never thought I would fall in love with… working out. What stopped me earlier? Well, I had some doubts before I finally gathered myself to buy a membership at the local gym. Each time, when I was planning to “go and get it”, the following thought occurred my mind:
“I don’t think I’ll keep visiting it even for a month, because frankly, I can’t name an exact reason why I should visit gym.”
Look to the mirror instead of quitting the gym
Seven months passed by. And not only my body shape has changed, but also my perception of the whole situation has shifted. It is not that hard to pay for a membership at your local gym, it is easy to book a one-time training session with a PT. It does not take you much effort to realize that you can go there any day. It is a comforting thought indeed. But is it enough? Probably it’s better just quit the gym?
The responsibility for yourself is crucial
I have noticed that people tend to avoid responsibility in so many ways. It makes their life easier. No pain, no gain but also no consequences for decisions one does not have to make every day. You paid for a gym, went there once or twice and you might as well call yourself an athlete now. After all, you have worked out. You have the membership. Why worry about anything anymore? You could have a six-pack or built an Arnold Schwarzenegger body-worthy body if you wanted to.
First step – Decision
Paying attention to my mindset, I have concluded the following: buying a membership is a great thing. It is a long-term investment into a future happier self. But it’s not the action of purchasing something that matters in this case, as I used to think – buying a canvas and oil paints does not make you an artist, right? It’s the decision you make every day. A decision to do something constantly and responsibly – to have enough sleep, to eat healthily, to visit a gym weekly.
No talking, No questions
So why stop halfway? Yes, perhaps paying for a gym means gaining even more responsibilities, because nobody will force you to go there. But it is not always bad. I tell you what, with time to pass you might even find these responsibilities quite enjoyable and rewarding.
Meet Jeff Cavaliere. Here is his video I’d really want you to watch before finish the reading. No questions. Just do it.
Remember guys – never stop. No matter what you do.
And for the love of God do NOT listen to Chandler Bing. Even though he’s adorable please do not quit the gym 🙂
By the way, check this out: covid is not the best thing we’re facing right now, but I’ve tried to find a positive in corona-virus.