I remember when Britney claimed her abs were achieved by performing 1000 crunches each day, It was in an interview with a magazine back in the early 2000’s, and guess what, the next day I committed to 1000 crunches each day. You can imagine how long this lasted!

I also remember the times when I thought being overweight was my life, I had been overweight for most of it and I just couldn’t get my shit together. I felt like every time I had motivation, I quickly lost it again and ended up right back where I started. 

You see one of my biggest problems was that I didn’t realise to achieve what I wanted took time, and I had to actually put some hard work into it for longer than a few months. 

Creating a healthy life takes time…it takes a lifetime!

Whether you want to be healthier, thinner, stronger or fitter, it all takes time, and once you reach your goals you can’t just ‘switch off’. You will always be working towards these goals, because they become a part of you. 

Britney may have been performing 1000 crunches each day, but I now know she was also putting a lot of hard work into her body. A body like that is not achieved by accident, it requires hard work, planning and time. 

Many people look at bodybuilding as unattractive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy. When I look at a fitness competitor or body builder I see hard work, dedication, motivation and a desire to improve. A bodybuilding physique takes years to achieve, it is not an overnight process and cannot be achieved through luck. 

Perhaps I sometimes create an illusion that I achieve my goals easily, or that I have it all figured out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have spent years practicing this lifestyle, and will spend the rest of my years perfecting it. I cannot achieve my goals without putting in the hard work and showing up each week. 

So next time you see a magazine making a ‘too good to be true’ claim about how you can achieve your ‘dream body’ just remember that whatever you choose to do it’s going to take some work. 

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