22 days to go.
I have been dieting now for 14 weeks and what a journey it has been. I have really enjoyed it so far and am very happy with the progress I have made. I have three weeks left to make some more progress and I am confident that on show day I will be as good as I can be.
Its been a while since my last blog update. I have been so busy this past month I cant explain. Working lots, getting my biosignature business set up, doing emails, diet plans, training plans for clients, training myself and still managing to have a social life and see my friends and girlfriend etc. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a update up.
So lets start with how I am coping with the diet and how I am feeling being so close to the show. Last time I competed this close to the show I was a physical and emotional mess, I had punished myself for a long time and my body was feeling pretty beat up. However this time round I am feeling so so much better. I am surprised at how well I am managing and how comfortable the whole thing has been. I am in a very good place mentally and I have set myself up well to deal with the physical and psychological struggle of dieting for such a long time and pushing my body this far.
Dont get me wrong, it has been difficult, and now in these last few weeks it really is becoming very very tough, but I am managing no problem. Energy is low and I feel pretty weak most of the time, there is no getting round that. When I stand up after sitting down I often get dizzy spells, i am waking up earlier in the morning just so I can get breakfast sooner, theres always a bit of a sinking feeling when I take the last bite of a meal and realise its three hours until I get more food.
As most of you know I am a keen salsa dancer and usually dance about three times a week. For the past few weeks my dancing has been, well, pretty much a disaster. I can dance and I manage a few dances but I am just so exhausted that I cannot enjoy it and what should be a nice relaxed enjoyable dance feels like a gruelling workout that no one could enjoy. I am still going along to the dancing venues to show face and see all my friends but it does suck having to explain to every girl that asks me to dance that I don’t have the energy because I am dieting for a competition etc. Last Wednesday was the most difficult day of my prep so far, I just felt like a zombie all day, in good spirits but was exhausted. I still went along to dancing at night but two dances in I just said no enough is enough, took my dances shoes off and just sat and watched. Even the music, which to me is usually beautiful, was annoying me, people asking me to dance, people quizzing me one my diet, my training, my work. I was so exhausted that opening my mouth to speak felt like a titanic effort and it was just horrible. I couldn’t even casually chat with my friends because of how fatigued I was. I honestly felt like I just wanted to disappear and sit in a room on my own with a tub of ice cream hahaha. I just decided at that point I needed to go home and get some rest. I explain to all my friends and they understand are totally supportive, we just laugh about it and I keep on smiling. My girlfriend has been especially good in situations like this, how understanding she is and how well she puts up with me being a zombie is pretty special, im a lucky guy! Its only small moments that are this bad and most of the time I am alright.
My training has been going very well and despite the fact that I am now 7kg lighter than I was 14 weeks ago my strength has pretty much stayed the same. There are days where I am lifting less because of how fatigued I am but on a good day my weights are the same as they were before.I had a leg workout last week and I was warming up doing body weight lunges and I was struggling to balance because I was getting dizzy spells and felt sick, that is to be expected at the end of a leg workout but during the warm up, well lets just say that workout was not much fun, I got through it though and actually had a good session. I am happy with this as loosing strength is something that is very common when dieting for a bodybuilding show. I have been taking 20 branch chain amino acid capsules during every workout since the start of this prep and I really feel this has helped stop muscle breakdown.
I am still not doing any direct cardio sessions which I am happy with. I thought that as I got leaner I would maybe have to start doing more cardio sessions to keep the bodyfat coming down but this is not the case at all. My metabolism is obviously still pretty fast and I am eating a decent amount of food. Well I say a decent amount, I mean 2700 calories a day. That is not crazy low by any means but its about 1000 less than when I started this diet 14 weeks ago and for my training intensity and activity levels, I can definitely feel the calorie deficit. I have started making sure I walk to work every day which is a 25 minute walk there and 25 minute walk back so this is increasing my calorie expenditure and helping with the last bit of fat loss.
I have ordered my tan and my posing trunks and have been working on my posing for my routine etc. It is all feeling very real now and its only 23 days until I try to become a Scottish Champion for the 2nd time. I cant wait!!!!!