Bodybuilding isn’t for a person who needs instant gratification. Changes happen S L O W L Y. But it happens as long as you’re consistent. Stick with the program. Stick with the nutrition. I made some mistakes. I’ve let myself get distracted. But I never quit. I lift, I eat, and I sleep. And I slowly grow muscle.
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” ~ Nicole Wilkins, 2011 Figure Olympia
But the key word is SLOWLY. Micro changes happen each day and they add up. I’ve gained almost 10 pounds in the last year and a lot of that is lean mass = muscle. I know it’s there, but I don’t always see it. Some days are better than others. Like today. Back day. Back day is always an excellent day. I see the development and I feel it. Leg days are like that, too. But shoulder day is not so great. I can’t see my delts. Others can see development and try to convince me that they are growing, but I don’t see what I want to see, so I’m blind to it most of the time. Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of something new at the top of my arms, but that doesn’t happen often.
My faith in the process isn’t blind, but it’s really far-sighted. I have a picture in my head of the sculpture I’m creating. I’m standing very close to my work, so I don’t see progress some days.
But today I saw something that was very exciting. I saw something that confirmed my faith in the process. While I was doing a standing lat pushdown, I saw a small part of my quadricep twitch that I’ve never seen before. Legs are bigger, fat is dropping. A line in my pecs is starting to show, too – without flexing. If the light is right. 🙂
This just might work.