I used to hate the feeling of soreness, but after almost two months of lifting, i've missed it until I hit a successful 225lb 5x5 and I the next day my hamstrings and whole back feel near impossible to move without pain. In all honesty, I love the feeling. I place it somewhat near the enjoyment of getting my paycheck. Both feel like rewards for your work.
I love being able to eat more than ANYONE I know. When I tell someone I eat 3500-4000kcal a day they shit and immediately wonder how I lost half an inch on my waist and gained 3 pounds at the same time!
Go from having your friends not care about you working out to asking if they can go with you next work-out session, but I ask them if they are ready to completely remodify their diet and get up at 6 AM three days a week. The response is always "fuck no i'm not up before ten"
Being sore sucks ass, eating a ton gets annoying, and having new people work out with me just throws me off.
The best thing about bodybuilding is being able to post on awesome fucking websites like this then telling my friends about the website and asking them to go to the gym and making it seem so much more hardcore then it really is and when they say no I feel superior.
The guys at work (when in a group) giving the gears about what/how much/how often I eat/workout...then later comes the "Hey can I get a few pointers about how to dump some of this fat and pump up a bit?".
Oh yeah, my payback in the group office - "Hey guys, time for me to eat again" and out comes the boiled eggs...enjoy that smell laddies!
All done in good nature though - typical army guys.
The journey! And the sudden looks women give you. Being a nerd that works with computers its really funny when they find out what you do for a living. Bet they never look at their IT guys they same way.
Similar here, I love computers and games and people are surprised when they hear that. Most people don't imagine Guy who aspires to be an amatuer bodybuilder is also a videogaming nerd. I don't look the part.
having people ask if I play football, or if I am a exercise science major then seeing the look on their faces when I say "history major with a minor in legal studies" finally seeing their faces as they imagine me throwing down in a courtroom haha