A Reminder: You’re Doing Great
Last night as I video called a friend, I couldn’t help looking at myself on screen and seeing an image that I despised. In the screen was a body that seemed unresponsive to barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, other weights and resistance machines, as well as hours on the treadmill machine. I tried to maintain composure but it was clear that my confidence was shaking. I awoke to that same body as I peered in my bedroom mirror, grabbing chunks of fat and trying to swallow my frustration. But, I would not let this get me down.
I put on my SkullCandy wireless headphones, an affordable expense that has blessed me in so many ways these past three months, and put on Tee Grizzley. His 2018 album Activated resurrected the fire I usually feel when it comes to the way I see my body. The equally hard beats and lyrics brought back the energy I usually feel when I think about my body. I began to look at myself differently. My vision started picking up on the nuances of my body. The parts that have starting ironing out in less than a month. Yes, I officially signed up for a gym membership on the first of October. Being out of college and new to the city I reside in, I used to simply walk as a means to burn fat. However, as soon as I gained access to one on October first, I have been hitting the gym as hard as I could.
For everyone waking up to the funk of a seemingly stagnant body, one that won’t seem to budge, this feeling can become crippling. Though we are aware that true weight loss takes time, consistency, and patience, it often happens that our minds trick us into valuing the results more than the journey. Equally important, the journey allows us to fall back in love with our bodies. It allows us to see the changes we make through our own strength. It empowers the rest of our lives, showing our capabilities. The results, however, enable us, of course, to wear that little black dress or those slim fitted pants we’ve always wanted to put on.
For everyone thinking their efforts aren’t enough, just know you are doing great. Since you are persistent, dedicated, and constantly pushing yourself to your idea of new heights, that moment of stagnation will not last. That feeling may come after two weeks of working out, a month or even on a one year anniversary but the change is there. Our visions, as limited as they can be, just need some minor adjustments. And if you ever need a mental shift, check out out Tee Grizzley’s album Activated.