"Exercise improves self-esteem and body image. Exercise makes us feel good about ourselves; not just about how we look, but even more so, about who we really are." (Sonstroem, 1984; Leith, 2009)
The other day while working out with one of my best friends, @joyjakovac , we did 4 sets of glute bridges. Every time our reps increased, we decreased our weight, but on this last set we had to do 20 reps. NOW lemme tell you friends, I am my own BIGGEST doubter. I immediately told myself to go super light or I would not make it. Lucky for me, my best friend didn’t let me. She said to do more than my minimum weight... I just sat there like 🥺. But I told myself THIS SET, I would NOT give up and I would keep pushing EVEN when it hurt. Now... Did it hurt? ABSOLUTELY. Did I make it? YES I FRICKING DID and this video proved it (props to Joanna for recording ) and let me tell you, the kind of ACHIEVEMENT I felt was PRICELESS. .
Y'all, pushing yourself in the gym to do what you don't even believe you can do makes you realize just how much you can push yourself in so many other aspects in your life, EVEN when it hurts! You are so much stronger than you think. (Also, my motto is: friends are there to believe in you, when you don't believe in yourself. Joanna always uses this against me and I can't even fight her on it.) .
SO push yourself in the gym, push yourself in life, be a boss, and get some good friends. You'll thank yourself in the future 🏽️ - 1 hour ago