Everywhere you look, there's people telling you to push yourself out of your comfort zone, set big goals, etc. Even I have done posts with that kind of theme! But something that isn't discussed enough is managing expectations and reality testing goals.
It's totally fine to have physique goals as well as health/fitness goals. Basically everyone I speak to is primarily motivated to exercise because they want to look a certain way. But have you reality tested your "body goals" - are your expectations for your body aligned with your current actions? It is unrealistic to want to look like a shredded bikini competitor if you aren't willing to eat a very strict diet and train for hours and hours a day. Two weekly pump classes and a chicken salad isn't going to cut it 😏 It's also unrealistic to want to grow a big ol' booty if you aren't lifting heavy and eating in a surplus.
The problem with having unrealistic expectations is that you are setting yourself up for disappointment down the track when you don't achieve the results you imagined. I'm not saying you shouldn't set goals that challenge you, but you are more likely to achieve results and be satisfied with those results if your goals are realistic, complimentary to your lifestyle and training capabilities.
I think most of us are just searching for a level of fitness that brings us better overall health, perhaps a better body composition, and functional strength/fitness that lets us run around after our kids and families. You don't need to train for five hours a day to achieve those things. But you do need to find a form of exercise and a way of eating that is enjoyable and sustainable and will allow you to be consistent. And you need to be patient - results will take time but they will happen! Naturally you won't look like Lauren Simpson training and eating this way, but that's ok because you don't need to! Be ok with being a fitter, healthier and stronger version of yourself because that's a fantastic and realistic goal that's perfectly achieveable 😘