I want to share a little secret about your favorite fitness influencer. A little bit of an inside track into their mind from coaching these people for years.
The better they look, the crazier they are.
And I'm serious about that. The ones that look phenomenal in their photos - they're absolutely bonkers.
The smallest fluctuation in the way they look will ruin their day. If they look bloated, if their arms look smaller than normal, if the veins aren't showing up like they normally do... It causes an interior mental meltdown.
It's full on body dysmorphia, and it comes with the territory. And of course they're going to lie about it, they don't want you to know how crazy they are either.
They won't post photos, will wear different clothing, and will even alter their diet for the day to try and make up for whatever is happening.
Even when everyone else thinks they look phenomenal.
It's simply because it's the main focus in their life. They put their time, money, and mental energy into the way they look - so they let the way they look affect the way they feel about themselves.
I speak from experience. I was 100x harder on myself when I looked my absolute 'best' as a bodybuilder. I look back at photos now and realize just how insane I looked, but back then all I could see were my flaws.
But after being away from all of it for a few years, finding balance in fitness and the way I look - I'm much more accepting of myself and the fluctuations.
So don't be too hard on yourself when you get disappointed with your fitness progress - even the best physiques in the world doubt themselves and are hard on themselves.
Remember, you're in this for life. Those small day to day fluctuations are unimportant, but they can get to absolutely everyone.
P.S. Of course this is a generalization and is not true for everyone, every time, everywhere. But it's pretty damn true.
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