Calluses and bicycle seats
When you start something new, it is difficult. It chafes. It hurts. It is mighty uncomfortable. But as long as you persist sensibly i.e. finding the challenging point where your skill meets its sticking point, you will get rather good at it. You will adapt to it.
Your fitness journey as a mass movie
It does require a hero's journey to make it here. You have to conquer your demons. You have to solve your problems and solve them well. You just cannot keep running away from them and hope it will go away. And so, when you step up, you find that you can beat it.
on not feeling like going to the gym
When you lose motivation, it generally is a sign of stress. Things elsewhere are adding up. If you are someone who loves going to the gym and are suddenly finding it hard to wake up and move your ass out of bed, it is almost always your body telling you to chill out.
stick to it, at least for 6 weeks
Stick to one course of action for a good chunk of time and then you can re-visit whether you should do something else. At least 6 weeks, going on up to 12 weeks seems to be the right amount of time. So, next time your friend with an opinion on what is better tells you ....
on failing Starting Strength (and why it was amazing)
I went in to learn and getting a certification would've been a bonus. While it was still a huge hit to the ego when I realised I failed, I quickly realised I knew diddly-squat to have an ego in this and had amongst the best weekends I've ever had.
when I lose these 10 kilos, everything will be fine
Whether it is fat-loss or muscle-gain, we have a random goal setting attitude when it comes to it. Suddenly, one day we wake up and decide that things have to change and we set a goal with zero understanding of what it requires to get there, and whether it is a good goal in the first place.