No matter the goal, task, or dream we have to start somewhere. For me, my starting goal in fitness was to get bigger. I began working out in the 10th grade at 16 years old due to an insecurity. I wont go into the boring details, but basically I was cheated on by an old girlfriend with a guy who was bigger than me. Needless to say it sparked a fire inside my heart.
So what did I do? I went to a friend of mine who was in all aspects the superior to the way I looked muscle wise and asked him to help teach me the what he knows as far as weightlifting. In the beginning it was a struggle. I was sore everyday and wanted to give up after working out everyday for a month and not seeing any growth, still weighing only 145lbs soaking wet. But one day my buddy pointed out the difference in the weight I started with compared to a month later, It had gone up 10lbs. I was so focused on getting bigger and wanting it so quickly that I wasn’t appreciating the building process.
Thats when I began to appreciate the little wins, whether it was that extra striation in my shoulder, or a bicep vein starting to pop out, I began to cherish each little victory. That sparked me continuously for the last 5 years of lifting. And eventually I got rid of the insecurity of thinking if I wasn’t big enough every girl I dated was going to cheat on me and gained the love of fitness and progress.
Today I’m 20 years old, I weigh in on average 180-185lbs, Im the strongest and happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve won a bench press competition at my local gym, and continue to get stronger everyday. We all start somewhere and we all have a bigger picture in mind, but we can’t fall so in love with the bigger picture that we skip the building blocks. Be present and appreciate the little things and over time you’ll notice you’ve exceeded your expectations and have created bigger dreams.