Looking back to my progress in running and weight lifting the past years I consider myself as an athlete today. First of all: there is not one person who can tell you if you are or are not an athlete. Athletes come in every shape and size and only you can control how you view yourself.
No one gets to decide for you! I’ve done a lot of self-reflexion the past months and this is how I have come to view myself as an athlete:
1. What I eat
Diet is the most important part of your success. No matter if you’re a runner, or you’re into bodybuilding: You are what you eat. Your performance will follow as long as your diet is on point. The past 4 months my diet has come to a point where I go with a super strict individual meal plan meaning I weigh my food, I count my macros and I take my food wherever I go in a cute little pink isolator fitness bag. It’s not always easy for others to cope with people who do things like that but I don’t care anymore. I’m proud to have that discipline.
2. Who I’m with
My inner circle is super small. I only surround myself with people who understand my way of life and support me. If somebody is draining me down or shows some kind of jealously or hate I’m gone. I’ve been to my country (Germany) the past weeks and it’s super interesting that there are only a very few people who understand why I am how I am and why I do what I do. Most likely because the are into fitness (and/or running) as I am, or just because they are amazing as hell. The rest? Oh, well.
3. Who I am
Recognizing and acknowledging how much I have changed and being proud of everything I have accomplished. Yeah, getting up at 5 AM to train every morning and telling friends you “can’t, I have a long run or leg day tomorrow” takes a lot of willpower. And only you know how worth it it is. A few weeks ago I met a guy who I haven’t seen for almost 2 years. His face when I saw me after all those years made me super proud. I know how far I’ve come and I’m not even done yet.
4. Who is with me
My coach truly believes in me and understands how to push me. My coach knows how to deal with me, how to motivate me and how to push me. It’s a new level of training when somebody like him is waiting to see results. Having professional support makes a huge difference and makes me to take everything even more serious. My coach always got my back. Just knowing that makes me work even harder.
5. What I’m doing – or not doing
I do not drink. I do not party all the time. The past 6 moths I went out dancing 2 (!) times. Some people might think I’m boring but I’m just a regular athlete. Thats what we do. We work hard and we don’t waste our time dancing in clubs and sleeping until noon the next day. We rise and shine. We hustle.
6. How I feel
Confident. Strong. I feel I could move mountains. Seriously, my willpower is intense. Being an athlete is nothing you become over night. It takes you a while. But once you know where you’re standing and what who you really are there is nothing in the world that will make you feel less worth than that. I no longer force things. If they flow they flow, if they don’t I let them go.
7. What I’m after
I admire people who work as hard (or harder) as I do. I look up to women who lift their a*** off at the gym because I know how hard it is. I’m always looking for new goals and new things I could accomplish like a new pr in a race or a new intense workout at the gym.
Just in case you’re not sure, if you’re an athlete or not: Everyone has the ability to become athletically proficient, to achieve and often exceed their expectations of themselves, and everyone has the right to bring their bad-ass powerhouse self into the forum of sports and physical activity. Being an athlete doesn’t mean you have to be a part of a group of thin elites – never forget that.