#TransformationTuesday: I don’t know if you can relate, but my fitness journey has been filled with some extreme highs and extreme lows.
Highs and lows I’ve never really spoken about for fear of being judged or scaring people away.
Two words you've probably never heard come out of a man's mouth. I would bet that most of us assume that women are the only ones who struggle with their #bodyimage & feelings of low self-esteem. That assumption couldn't be more wrong. As a man I can tell you right now that I struggle with my own body image & there are infinite layers that contribute to why.
I grew up chubby and at times real "skinny" because I'd do some insane diets that debilitated my organism. I'd put my body through so much harm because I was not properly educated on healthy habits and nutrition.
I wanted to have muscles because I thought that would make me a real man. I thought it would help me get friends & girls & be respected. I was wrong. Muscles don't give you anything except the insecurity & desire of keeping them & making them bigger.
I don't think we have ever addressed the underlying reason why most of us really go to the gym & stay in shape. Why do we sacrifice eating the foods we want to eat, while spending hours, working on parts of our bodies that most people will never see.
Pushing ourselves, sweating, buying billions of clothing that hide our problem areas well. Following influencers who spend their entire day in the gym posting about it. What does that say about how we feel about ourselves? Does it really inspire us or does it set an unrealistic expectation for ourselves & our partners?
The truth is that I'm one of the many millions of men & women that have has suffered from body/muscle dysmorphia. When I look in the mirror I'm not happy with what I see like so many of you. Yes of course you can all say what you want about me - but nothing you say can make the little Gus who was picked on, who felt weak and like he wasn't enough growing up.
To my men, talking about your insecurities doesn't make you less of a man... it actually makes you more of a man.
Dude or gal you’re not alone. #martesdetransformacion