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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    When you first look into a mirror...

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    I see both.

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    Flaws. It drives me crazy. Even though I've lost 40 pounds, even though I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life, even though I've watched the calipers on my superiallic drop from 20mm to 12mm - I still see my 200 pound self scarfing big bacon classic combos, with a frosty instead of a pop, every night.
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    Every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror the first thing I think is I hate you, and your going to be changed. I've got a real twisted view on myself.

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    Depends on the mood I'm in. I suffer from depression and anxiety (on Lexapro and alprazolam). Some days when I am bummed and feeling sorry for myself I see my flaws and wonder why I even bother. But for the most part I like what I see and I see the benefits and progress of my training.

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    Wow, am I the only one? I see the Benifits... then I see the flaws. But I always think "i'm getting there". I 1st look to the things I like about myself.

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    Definitely the flaws. The only time I see the changes is when I compare myself to old pics. You would think gaining fifty pounds would make you feel like you've completely transformed, but when I look in the mirror I still feel like I look too skinny.

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    I'm with jinkies. I tend to feel a personal loathing looking in the mirror.

    I see flaws, both physical and mental. Insecurity is one of the things that's been driving me to get back into the gym. Getting my fat ass into a shape other than "pear" is only a small part of the equation, but I'm at least hoping I'll feel a better physical wellness as a result that will give me the motivation to work on the rest.

    I shave about every other week. I look like a friggin' mountain man, but it takes that long before I can stomach the sight of myself.

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    Flaws, especially if I just saw someone who is a lot bigger than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodigy06
    Wow, am I the only one? I see the Benifits... then I see the flaws. But I always think "i'm getting there". I 1st look to the things I like about myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beast
    Flaws, especially if I just saw someone who is a lot bigger than me.
    I tend to see flaws more often if I see someone bigger and leaner than me.

    Usually, though, I look in the mirror and think I look really good. But occassionally I will look in the mirror and be dissappointed -- this generally only happens when I am in a bad mood to begin with.
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    I see the good things first...then eventually come to what I'm not happy with
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    Awww you guys are killing me.
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    What everyone in this thread said also applies to myself, sadly.

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    I usually see benefits. I notice flaws also but benefits strike me first. Should flaws grab my attention first it's likely due to a foul mood. I'm a happy guy, naturally.
    Homer Simpson - "The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let's see. Don't tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiloMike
    I usually see benefits. I notice flaws also but benefits strike me first. Should flaws grab my attention first it's likely due to a foul mood. I'm a happy guy, naturally.
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    Flaws - and I wish there was a way to appreciate the good stuff - I get compliments all the time, but this whole weight-training thing has made me a touch dysmorphic.
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    I only see the flaws if I'm looking for them.

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    I GET HARD!!! As in I flex and see the benefits of the gym.
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    Unrealized potential. I'm done trying to find flaws, I rather look forward to what I will achieve.
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    I usually take my clothes off, do a little "tuck," make as sexy a face as I can, and dance a little bit. I say "If I were a man, I'd **** me."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiloMike
    I'm a happy guy, naturally.
    Yeah, one might even say you were "born gay."



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    Quote Originally Posted by xian
    Yeah, one might even say you were "born gay."


    Naw... what are you talking about?
    Homer Simpson - "The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let's see. Don't tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do."
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    Once in a long while i'm like, "wow, eating like a bird has been paying off."

    The rest of the time, it's "look at that flab around my abs," or, "have i put on weight?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium_Jim
    I usually take my clothes off, do a little "tuck," make as sexy a face as I can, and dance a little bit. I say "If I were a man, I'd **** me."
    You meant woman right?
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