TRAINING FOR WELLBEING VS TRAINING FOR THE STAGE
I trained for the stage for 8 years. I set one goal after another, learned everything I could about training and nutrition, and discovered just how focused, strong and dedicated I can be when I set my mind to something. I reached my ultimate goal as a competitor and enjoyed most of my journey.
I say “most” because although I wanted to remain competitive on stage, I struggled with the way my body looked on a day to day basis. Competing got harder and harder to go up the rank and I was pushing way past my own limits but it still didn’t feel right.
During this chapter of my life, I gave up on a lot of things that were important to me. I missed out on too much too often and the outside world became almost invisible. Things became boring and unsatisfying. I settled for a life that I was not always happy to wake up to every day.
I don’t want to come across like I’m discouraging anyone who competes or is wanting to compete but I have to say, most competitors live in a bubble and forget to look at the bigger picture. Life has more to offer than anything you can earn onstage.
Living a healthy lifestyle and training for wellness over training for the stage is one of the greatest things I’ve done for myself.
I am kind to myself now. I now have a healthy self-image and realize how important it is to maintain that body positivity. I don’t stress the gym, nor my diet, but instead listen to my body and do what is best for it. I enjoy every occasion and I adapt to all circumstances.
I have discovered that there is more to this life. I connect with people of different interests. I don’t try to control the uncontrollable or plan every scenario. I am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been and feel like I have now started to build a richer, more fulfilling life. Because of this, I want to inspire others to do the same.
We only have one life to live!
Thanks to MegaFit Meals for making my fitness lifestyle even easier and enjoyable on myself.
IFBB Pro Figure, Trainer