The new journal title says it all. Basically I got tired of how I was looking more and more average in the mirror. I like to feel I have set a far higher standard for myself. I started lifting yet again a few weeks ago after maybe 10 months off of lifting after a short-lived comeback. The main problem with the comeback was that my membership ran out and I sort of lost interest in going back due to the time off. Hopefully I will make sure not to have downtime in lifting so it doesnít take away my progress and discourage me from continuing. (I have always felt that my motivation for lifting has depended strongly on my momentum improvementwise)
Another thing I sort of thought about was how much time I wasted with playing Final Fantasy 11. That game sort of took over my lifting and there would be times where I would rather improve my character in there than my real life character in the gym. I have since mostly quit FFXI for World of Warcraft, but I kept thinking about how all the time spent getting 6 75s in FFXI is good for nothing now. At least something like lifting will stay with you for the rest of your life. Sure you will lose a lot of your gains from time off lifting, but I still probably have about half my progress from my 10 year lifting career with me as of right now, which doesnít count the hopefully rapid gains I will get the first few months of getting back into it.
On top of that, lifting is not nearly as time consuming as any online game to make progress and you arenít at the mercy of the people around you to progress as with guilds/linkshells in WoW and FFXI respectively. Just think if your progress depended on how good members of your gym were and if your progress was an average of the progress of your gym. Just think how much those cardio queens, bench press/biceps only people, or curlers in the squat rack would drag your progress down. Of course you have all those hours that you may not think about with diet and such, but it still is a less time consuming hobby and a far more beneficial one for real life.
Iíll make this as a new journal even though I donít think Iíll be as detailed as my past journals. Spending as much time updating my journal entries as the actual workout sometimes just made the whole workout thing that much harder to get back into. Itís great to make new journal posts when you are setting all-time PRs on lifts, but it seemed to be more so a chore while Iím trying to get back to where I was. I think I will just make this journal full of commentary and post whenever I want to without really pressuring myself into making a post after every workout. Updates may be daily, weekly, monthly, but hopefully not yearly. It all depends on how motivated I am to post.