My opinion on cardiovascular exercise has changed drastically in the years since I’ve become involved in fitness. For those of you familiar with my backstory, I was once the queen of all cardio bunnies – I was the Queen B, y’all! Starting in middle school, I was regularly running for an hour followed immediately with two hours of swimming almost everyday. I was burning through 15 miles a day either on the treadmill or outdoors by the time I hit high school. While I initially did it because I wanted to be a faster runner, my goals quickly deteriorated into “do it for the calorie burn, baby!”, all the while not seeing any visible changes in my physique.
For some of you, your beliefs on cardio to sculpt a rockin’ bod will be different from mine. Many of you think that you need to do 45 minutes of cardio day in and day out in order to be lean. A lot of you probably have once said something along the lines of, “Oh my God, that ice cream was so good; now it’s time to go run it off,” or, “I totally deserve that cream cheese bagel after biking for 30 minutes.” Cool story, brah. How’s that working out for you?
I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about my experiences with competing. I have individuals coming to me who have been toying with the idea of entering a bodybuilding, figure, or bikini show and are curious as to how I found the process. I think now would be a good a time as any to enlighten you all with what I went through.
Before I dive in, I want to emphasize that this piece is solely a reflection of my personal views. You are not expected to be on the same page as I am; in fact, I know that many of you will vehemently disagree and may even be angered by words. I’m okay with that.
“I’m scheduling an appointment with a psychologist,” I declared two days ago. I was convinced I had ADHD. Really, I did. I’d become increasingly aware of my inability to focus on a single task without inevitably drifting off to other thoughts. Okay, what else do I need to do after this? I’d better write that down. I wonder which one I should do first. How long will that take? In the midst of completing one task, I was already thinking about the next thing I had to do. It was getting to the point where it was starting to disrupt my life.
How many of you have multiple browsers open when you’re trying to complete an assignment on your laptop? You check your phone every three minutes, you’re listening to music, chatting with some buddies, perhaps participating in some online forums, Facebook stalking, and your Word document is open on your desktop… somewhere. How much complete attention can you really devote to all of those things?
…awesome what? Just. Just Awesome. Surround yourself with Awesome.
This was something that had never really crossed my mind until a couple of months ago. When you stop to think about it for a minute, it seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? If you want to achieve at a high level, surround yourself only with awesome people and awesome things. Then, and only then, will you start to flourish and begin to realize your full potential.