Tracee Arnup: Never Compare Yourself to Others


Training history: Just over 18 months

Favourite exercise: Stiff-legged deadlifts, actually leg day in general 😉

Favourite motivational quote: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible!” - Audrey Hepburn

What advice would you give to someone who wants to achieve results like you?

When you feel like quitting, remember why you started. The biggest thing that I've learnt is that we are all on our own individual journey, and never compare yourself to others. 

(Tracee's progress has been consistent and steady - both mentally and physically)

In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of a transformation?

Understanding and identifying your habits that are holding you back. Any new habit that you've replaced it with must be matched with a reward that is both sustainable and worth keeping.

Don't stare at yourself in the mirror - sometimes the biggest results are glaringly obvious to others, but not to you!

What did you learn from this experience?

I learnt that I'm a beautiful person inside and out. I also learnt that I don't need to strive for perfection, I need to strive for progression. Consistency is the key.

Tracee says:

"I was your classic yo-yo dieter. I had tried every diet you could think of, wanting that quick fix. I was the “Just another 5kg and I would be happy with the way I look” kinda girl.

I would train twice a day, restrict myself of food thinking this was the answer. Yeah, it worked to start with and yes I got results. But were they sustainable? No.... in fact all it did was pull me further away from where I really wanted to be, because each new diet I had to work harder for. 

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression. I was prescribed anti-depressants. Up until 9 weeks ago, I relied on these tablets to get me through the day.  

My lifestyle that I was leading was fuelling my depression, the constant comparison to others, always striving for perfection pushed me further into the darkness of my illness.  I saw myself as a victim instead of the beautiful person that I am. 

I not only have myself to think of, but I also have a 10 year old son who is my reason "why". I don't want him growing up thinking that you need to be perfect. I want to show him that it's ok to make mistakes. I want to show him that we should strive for progression, not perfection."

Tracee xoxo

PS: You can read more about Tracee by clicking here.

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