I’ve been regularly working out for more than a year now. For some of you who have been visiting this blog and have been following me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & Snapchat, you know by now how much hard work, effort & time I put into trying to be fit and healthy. You can read about my reasons on why I workout HERE and HERE. While I feel there’s a huge difference on how I am now compared to how I was a year ago– asthma attacks have lessened, I rarely get sick and overall I feel better–I sometimes feel very impatient to see the actual (read: physical) result of my hardwork.
This statement I took a photo of during the Biogenic Mom Squad shoot made sense. It lead me to finally understand that progress trumps over perfection. Hello, wala naman kasing perfect or at the very least, perfection is very subjective. Realizing this made me grateful and thankful for the progress I’ve had in the past year. Minsan kasi medyo harsh ako to myself e (I’m sometimes hard on myself). Though I focus on myself (my competition is myself and I do not dare compare myself with others when it comes to my fitness progress–I try to apply this in other aspects of my life) I couldn’t’ help but be impatient at times. Guys, progress takes time and effort. If it ain’t challenging, you’re not progressing.
IT DOESN’T GET EASIER, YOU JUST GET BETTER
When I first started, I couldn’t even hold a proper plank for 5 seconds. I felt very weak, I just want to give up every time. But a voice in my head kept reminding me that the challenge is needed in order for me to progress and to be better. My personal record of plank is two and a half minutes. For me achievement na yan! I hope I can get a new one soon! Again, I am always against myself and no one else. With this mindset I am more determined to be a better version of myself.
I work my butt (literally) off to get to this point. My once dream was slowly becoming a reality. I know it sounds so cliche and even shallow. But when you see progress finally unfolding, it really doesn’t matter how long it takes.
DON’T STOP WHEN YOU’RE TIRED, STOP WHEN YOU’RE DONE
Photographer Mark snapped this photo using my phone. It’s my constant reminder that I have a long way to go in achieving my dream. Push na yan!
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Because I go the gym which provides the equipment and tools I need, I only bring a few things with me when I workout. Training gloves, earphones, water tumbler and Biogenic alcohol are my non-negotibles. Not to take chances on contracting any virus, I make sure I have my handy Biogenic alcohol with me whenever I workout. I use it before and after I workout and sometimes in between when I need to rid an equipment of sweat & dirt. Para di nakakahiya to the next person who’ll use it. Teehee.
Happy to report na medyo may progress na talaga guys! Won’t stop now that I see there’s a result. Mahirap pero go lang! Aiming for progress not perfection. 😉
If you’re reading this right now, let me just say–if I can do it, you can do it too! No room for negativity and self-doubts. YOU. CAN. DO. IT! If you wanna start on your fitness journey, be prepared for the struggles & challenges. Don’t worry, if you put your best and exert the right amount of effort, I assure you there will be progress!
Push mo yan girl! 🙂
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