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ClewlowFitness – My Advice to Those Thinking of Giving Up

July 4, 2017
James Clewlow
I’m currently studying BsC Psychology and have a passion for health and fitness, which is why I decided to create a fitness blog sharing my advice and personal experiences since starting bodybuilding at the age of 15.

First of all I would like to say thank you to MyGymStack for giving me this opportunity to write a guest blog post! Today I will be providing you all with some advice which, based on personal experience, has helped me adopt the mind-set that I now have for life. I hope you find it useful and please give your feedback and thoughts by leaving a comment below!

We’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced the good and bad times. The times where you experience transcendent happiness and the times where you are down in the dumps and don’t know who to turn to. Now, the beauty of this is that it can be applied to anything in life. Any situation and any experience that you have. So, let’s jump right into it.

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Learn to see the good in the bad

I get asked what I mean by this a lot. Let’s say that you are on a diet and so far it has been going fairly well. You’re dropping a 1lb a week roughly and starting to see your body change. Fast forward six weeks and your will power is diminishing. You have a massive cheat day that wasn’t supposed to happen and you put on 2lbs in one day which you have been working hard to lose the past two weeks. You feel bad and feel like a failure because you haven’t stuck to the goal that you set yourself, which causes you to come off the diet and go back to old habits.

This has happened to me before and I’ve learnt that instead of focusing on what’s bad about the situation I’m currently in, it’s a lot better to focus on how I can interpret this situation and use it to my advantage. I would therefore view the cheat day I’ve had as a) a typical part of any diet in order to increase my motivation afterwards and b) part of the learning process of improving my will power each time I go on a diet.

No one has limitless motivation all the time so using cheat days with this in mind, whether they are intentional or not, can ensure that we stay on track with our diet in the long run.

Think about why you started

It’s very easy sometimes to lose sight on what our end goal is, whether that’s fitness related or not. I think that self-evaluation on your current progress towards the desired scenario/weight/physique helps so much in terms of keeping on track.

Life is fast-paced and we all live busy lives which I think can make us feel lost at times. If consciously thinking about it is hard, then perhaps try making a note of it in a diary or on your phone because by doing this you have something to refer to. Similarly for studying, despite having to revise a lot of information in the past for various subjects which I didn’t enjoy, I reminded myself of why I was doing what I was doing.

Remind yourself of how far you’ve come

This links very much with the above point about losing sight of a goal we have. Whether that’s with your physique, exam results or anything else just look back on the amazing progress you’ve made since day one. Day one of first lifting weights or plucking up the courage to go to the gym, stepping on that treadmill, revising equations or writing your first ever essay. Progress is progress, no matter how small or big and reminding ourselves of this is so important when times are hard.

You are better than you used to be in one way or another, don’t give up!


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