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19 Things You'll Always Miss If You Used To Be An Athlete

Wait, what do you mean I need to work out, eat, and sleep without my teammates? No, thanks.

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1. Always having your best friends around to do things with you.

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What do you mean I have to work out, eat, and sleep by myself? I refuse.

2. Living in sweats... all day, every day.

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And it being socially acceptable.

3. Having someone who always forces you to work out, even when you don't want to.

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It was a lot easier to work out everyday when one of your many coaches was always threatening to bench you.

4. And feeling badass AF because of how strong and in shape you are.

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Need me to lift that for you? Because I totally can.

5. Eating an enormous amount of delicious food every day, because you've gotta ~fuel~ your workouts.

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Your stomach has no idea what portion control is. And it doesn't want to learn.

6. Carb-loading dinners.

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Spaghetti, mac and cheese, lasagna, and a side of mashed potatoes covered in gravy, please.

7. Never having to do your own laundry.

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Gone are the days of sneaking all your regular clothes in with your jerseys and practice uniforms.

8. All the locker room shenanigans that happened when the coaches weren't around.

9. Sporting badass battle wounds year-round.

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You never thought you'd miss the welts, turf burns, and bruises that came with playing a sport. But for some reason life just doesn't feel the same without them.

10. Being able to use 'I have practice' as an excuse for everything.

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It worked every time.

11. Getting ridiculous amounts of free gear that you then lived in for the next year.

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The good ol' days when Christmas came in December AND at the beginning of every season.

12. This being one of your toughest decisions.

13. Having immediate access to an athletic trainer who treated and diagnosed EVERYTHING.

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What happens if I pull a muscle? If I twist my ankle? How am I supposed to do this on my own!?

14. The fact that every training, practice, and game was a glorious competition.

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15. And knowing that being overly aggressive was a GOOD thing.

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Being overly competitive and aggressive was great as an athlete. But now it just gets you banned from your company's dodgeball team and family board game nights.

16. When all "worrying about the future" entailed was thinking about how you were going to win this year's championship.

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Life was a lot simpler when you didn't have to worry about getting a job, paying your rent, or coming up with a five-year plan.

17. The pride that came with representing something bigger than yourself.

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Nothing beats wearing your jersey on game day.

18. And that feeling you got when you walked out on to the field before a big game.

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19. But most importantly, being a part of a team who you'd do anything and everything for because they were family.

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