Saturday, August 29, 2009

Do you work out?

I get asked this question a lot, especially when I'm in line at Target (which is my favorite store). Most of the time I smile and nod politely. But just once, I'd like to give someone a blank look and respond with, "no ... why?"

I only get asked the question when I wear a t-shirt or tank top and my arms are bare. I think my arms look small most of the time, but apparently the angle of my view is different than the angle of other people's views. Because I get comments all the time that my arms are big. Why is it that competitors have such a distorted view of ourselves?

I usually feel like my arms are too small. And then when I'm dieting down for a show, I feel like they're too big - not lean enough. Do I ever think they look ok? Sure ... but only during the 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after a show. The rest of the time I feel they could use some improvement.

Every competitor I've talked to seems to have the same distorted view of themselves. They're either too big, too small, too skinny, not lean enough, not strong enough ... the list goes on.

That dissatisfaction isn't necessarily a negative thing, though. It keeps us focused and working hard, constantly striving to improve, constantly pushing ourselves beyond our boundaries. And that's what separates a "competitor" from someone who "works out."

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