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I have a short message for you.

It’s okay not to be so serious about your training, you can have a life as well you know.
 
Getting sucked in and slightly obsessed is easily done, people start to develop their lifting identity yet instead of it becoming a small part of who they are it ends up becoming everything that they are.
 
Many many fall victim to this, usually because in their lives they’ve never really had anything that was solely theirs, or at least something that they were overly good at, as such they find training, get some adulation for their efforts/results and then get swallowed up by the training bug.
 
Neurosis begins to spread.
 
They stay in their training routine too afraid to break it or let it grow because if they do that they’ll have to face the Mother Dragon Tiamat, or as we know it, the great unknown.
 
It is in this place they may no longer be the big fish in a small pound. Suddenly, painfully, they’re back to being nobody, like before.
 
A lot can’t go back to this, they won’t go back to nothing, to being no one, as such training becomes their life, it becomes them.
 
The all consuming addiction fitness addiction.
 
This is not just limited to fitness by the way.
 
Don’t believe me?
 
Go to another social idea account, scroll down for 7 seconds, click on a random profile and look at all of their pictures, I’m will to wager they will be very similar all the way through, if not exactly the same because that is who they are now, that is their avatar to be sustained, less they return to the void.
 
Why can someone as lowly as me say this you might ask, well if you’re astute with some deductive capability then you’ll see the words of someone who’s been there.
 
So my friends, don’t be so serious all the time, live a little.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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We’re not Obsessed, just dedicated…

Obsession, quite an interesting thing really.
 
It is very easy to get caught up in something, then before we know it what was once a chore is now a habit and after that it becomes a welcome part of life, or perhaps an obsession.
 
What is the difference between the two?
 
Not much truth be told.
 
One allows you the freedom and mental acceptance that sometimes you just need to forgo that part of the daily routine, the other eats away at you causing an almost insufferable pain and angst.
 
The latter is something many fall victim to in the realms of fitness.
 
Have you ever been obsessed with something?
 
Perhaps you start running to lose weight as many others do, and like those many you succeeded, then once you felt comfortable you started going to the gym while also still running your 10,20 or 30k per week.
 
You started to get more results, better results as you started improving your training and eating more optimally.
 
The slope is getting slippery.
 
Ecstatically you start looking for more to do because you’re proud of what you’ve achieved so far and because you’re a beginner things only keep getting better, for now.
 
6 months down the road and you’ve begun to change, not drastically, just minor things. Calories are hopping out on every packaged product, an inquisitive perhaps neurotic tendency to only let certain foods pass your lips has taken route in your weekly life, not the weekend yet though, just the week.
 
6 more months go by, not a day passes where you don’t do some kind of training which at this point is a culmination of everything you’ve been doing and more because you don’t want to not do what you did, otherwise you’ll lose the results you’ve got, right?
 
More and more and more and more, that’s what keeps happening, more.
 
Food has now become fuel and only confused when absolutely necessary. No more trips out, no random excursions, nothing.
 
Life is focused around fitness, fitness is now life.
 
Obsession has taken hold, yet you’re not obsessed, that’s the sort of thing that happens to everyone else, not you though, you’re dedicated, not obsessed. No, you can’t be obsessed, not you.
 
Suddenly the results that had once been something to be admired and proud of are slowly disappearing, it’s as if steps backwards are being taken, the answer to this issue?
 
More control over nutrition, more training, more intensity, more more more.
 
This pattern continues until eventually that body which has done all it can to keep up your obsession can do no more and it finally breaks.
 
Leaving you frustrated, upset, wondering what went wrong.
 
Mentally not being able to do everything you’d done gets to you and little by little the obsession turns to madness, then rebellion as you finally accept you were just a tiny bit obsessed and finally you end up back where you started, right tat the beginning again, this time ready to do it all again.
 
This time you won’t get obsessed though. his time it’ll be different, right?
 
Fitness is addictive, it’s easy to lose sight of any and everything else when you’re bitten by the bug.
 
The above is a cautionary tail that befalls more people than you’d think.
 
By all means train hard and push for your goals, just beware the demon that lurks before the pot of gold, otherwise it could cost you everything.
 
Enjoy,
Ross

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