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Is It All Worth It?
Posted By Maik Wiedenbach
What do you see?

What do you see?

The New York winter can be quite hard on the psyche (of course this doesn’t hold for the esteemed australian readership). It isn’t so much the cold as it is the length and darkness (even though a Super Bowl win can make a difference!).
Getting out of bed at 6 am when its pitch black and going to lift with several layers of clothing isn’t a lot of fun. Also, it is easier to gravitate toward “comfort foods” than a bodybuilding menu. After all, there aren’t many opportunities to show off your physique right now, so why bother? Is it really worth all the sacrifices?
In short: yes! Every meal, every rep sets me apart from those who cant do it. It makes me feel good about myself and life as such. Bodybuilding is more than a sport; it is therapy, almost a religion. It can better you as a person, since it forces you into a structure and gives a schedule. When my mother fell ill, the sport was the only thing that kept me sane. It is the element of control that you have in the weight room: no matter what happens in the outside world, 100lbs will always be 100lbs.
So keep on training and eating right! Besides, you won’t be in shape for a July 4th bash when you start training on Memorial Day.

Incidentally, if this has got you thinking about your own diet, you might like to swing by Fantastic site.

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Written By Maik Wiedenbach
Maik Wiedenbach is an Olympic athlete, personal trainer, and nutritionist. He shares his training wisdom in the 101 Fitness Myths and 30 Secrets for Bigger Arms! ebooks, and the Desk Athlete DVD. Superb. When not in the gym, he may be found training clients over at Adler Training; and also on Facebook and LinkedIn. Swing on by.
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