Achieving the so called “perfect body” requires hard work
We’re all influenced by the media, and what we perceive as the “perfect body”.
Slim legs, toned arms, a nice small bum, and a flat tummy (I won’t even go as far as a six pack).
It’s something, we as women somehow all aspire to, and are made to belief that it’s the ideal.
Even during moments where I was dedicated to my workouts 2-3 times a week, and was eating better and losing weight, I didn’t come anywhere close.
I had moments where I was slimmer, but I never understood why I would never get close to that elusive “perfect”.
Now I know, it requires bloody hard work, commitment, focus and consistency in EVERYTHING we do.
Having worked alongside my friend and colleague Sandra Lake who had a dream of competing in a body physique competition (I think I got that one right), I saw how hard she worked.
It wasn’t 2-3 workouts a week. It was 2-3 workouts a day!
It wasn’t just eating healthily, it was counting every little bit of food that went into her body.
It was making sure the meals were taken at exactly the right time before and after her workouts.
It was making sure she was sleeping enough.
It was full on dedication, and if I may say so myself, deprivation to achieve her goal of competing, and even doing very well!
However, for most of us, busy people, unless we dedicate ourselves so much to it, it won’t happen.
After seeing her efforts, I now know and realise, that the so called “perfect body” is not achievable for me.
It’s not something I want to dedicate so much time and effort on.
Of course, I want to be fit, slim, and more importantly healthy and injury free.
And that in itself requires dedication and consistency, which at times, hasn’t always been my focus. Or injury has prevented me from doing.
And I will be happy with the physique I can achieve, depending on the effort I put in.
I don’t want to put 3-4h a day of exercise in. And I don’t want to be counting calories and macros ever.
If I’m consistent with 3-4 workouts a week and being active the rest of the week, and eating healthily, while relaxing a little during holidays, I can and will achieve and maintain the body that I am happy with.
Being realistic, is the way forward for me.
I just wanted to share an article that came out a short while ago about my friend Gemma Ray. I think it’s worth reading, and is quite suitable for this post.
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