One of my favourite motto’s in life is to do what you love and love what you do. Yes, it’s somewhat cliché but damn, it’s true. I mean, how long do we really have to keep living the same over occurring and unfulfilled life?
Personally that isn’t my life so much anymore but it was. Rewind 3 years ago and I was stuck in a reality where I knew nothing about my future. I worked, because I had to work. I went to university because I thought I had to go to university. I studied, because I had to study, but really I didn’t do it because I loved it. At that point in my life I had nothing inside me fuelling a burning passion for something more. So much more.
At some point I decided enough was enough. I was fed up of living a life where I had no drive or motivation. I was fed up doing the same thing over and over again and more importantly, I was scared sh*tless of living a life I undesired. A life of repetition and boredom.
It wasn’t until I found my motivation for fitness and blogging when things slowly changed for me. I won’t say it was a miracle or within a week I was a completely different person – because that’s just BS. It didn’t happen over night and if i’m honest i’m not quite sure how or when it happened but over time, I knew I was changing as a person. My attitude changed, my mind changed, my personality changed and of course, my body changed.
As I changed, my devotion for fitness became very apparent. I was working out everyday, taking care of my diet and I was slowly becoming more motivated and determined to change as a person. Sadly though, I got caught up in the typical ‘myths’ of the fitness industry. I fell for the low carb diets, the no carb (go die carb) diets, the ‘eat nothing but ‘health’ diets and I also became a god forsaken cardio bunny who thought no better. With that I slowly became obsessed with fitness and it no longer served the right purpose for me. Fitness was my life – not a part of my life.
Fortunately, after a year or so I found my love for fitness again. You see, there’s this thing that happens inside of you when you find a deep passion for something you love in life. Something that makes you want to do it every damn day. Your focus changes. Your attitude changes. Your mentality changes and more importantly you change. I think (personally) that when an individual does something they love every day of their life, it affects them physically, mentally and emotionally. It brings out the best in them, it changes them and it refocuses them.
Taking things back real quick though – when I was enduring fitness everyday purely for the physical benefits I found myself competing in workouts that I absolutely hated. My lifestyle was pretty much cardio, resistance training, ab workouts, more cardio and more resistance training and if i’m honest, it all became a cardio blur. On top of that, I restricted my body of the nutrients it needed and to say I was in a big calorie deficit is a massive understatement. I wasn’t looking after my body… I was ruining my body. The complete opposite of what I had in mind.
Now though, my life couldn’t be any different. I decided to say adios to the cardio workouts, au revoir to a bad diet and good riddance to workouts that I despised. Now, I lift heavy, follow my own workouts from My Fitness Diary, eat carbs, fuel my body with the right foods, and do three 15 minute HIIT cardio workouts a week. That’s high intensity interval training for those that need to come out from hiding under their rock. Not to mention I live a healthy and well balanced life. I eat my greens but I also eat a big ass pizza on the weekend.
Work wise – my ethic has changed massively. Never, in ten million years did I think I would be blessed with the motivation and dedication I have right now. I work hard, real hard – actually with up to 12 hour days, but if i’m honest I wouldn’t have it any other way right now and why? Because I love what I do and I do what I love.
My life is the way it is right now because, as big headed as it may sound, I made it work. I recognised what wasn’t working in my life and I changed it. I recognised that I was living a life I didn’t love and I changed it. Do I sound arrogant? Maybe, but that may also be because you haven’t worked hard enough for something you really want in life and no, it’s not too late to change that – whatever it may be.