4 Days out from my competition. What a good feeling it is to be sitting here writing that down! It has been a long journey up to this point, 17 weeks of dieting for this one day and now it is pretty much here.
Overall I am absolutely delighted with how this preparation has went. I have managed well, the diet has not been unbearable by any stretch of the imagination but most importantly I have managed to maintain everything else in my life throughout the process. It has been hard at times, and there have been days where I couldn’t go out to certain parties or events because the energy just wasint there, but overall it has been alright. I am very happy with my condition and I am pleased with how I am looking.
Putting yourself through a diet like this really is a journey and that is why I do this. To me it is not about stepping on stage and winning a competition, it is about much more than that. It is about having the will power and discipline to set yourself a strict plan, than you know is going to push you to the limit physically and also emotionally, and stick to it for months and months. Knowing that at any point, the lowest and hardest points of the diet, that at any time you can make it so much easier by just eating a few oatcakes and having a day off the gym, but having the dedication to persevere and stick to the plan and focus on the end result, no matter how hard it gets. It is character building and has taught me a lot about hard work. I think bodybuilding relates to life quite well, hear me out. In bodybuilding you simply have to put in the work to get the results, if you aren’t willing to work hard and make some sacrafises, then you aint getting anywhere. The same is true for life, especially in my business. If I want to make a success of something or achieve a certain goal, then I must put in the work to get there. At times it may feel like the required amount of work is not manageable, or that you simply don’t have the motivation to do it, but if you stick in, don’t give up and just work at it with a relentless tenacity to succeed, your efforts will be rewarded. T
hat is what bodybuilding has taught me over the years.
How do I think I am going to do on the show on Sunday? Well I really do not know. There are 14 competitors in my class, which is huge for a Junior category so it is going to be competitive. All I know is that when I step on stage on Sunday I am going to be in the best shape of my life and could not have done anymore in the build up to this contest to do any better. As cheesy as it sounds to me I have already won. I am competing against myself and I have completed this diet, I have worked hard and I have got myself in the best shape possible. Regardless of what anyone else does or achieves on Sunday, I am happy with my efforts. I am not going to lie that winners trophy would be good and I have definitely though about where I will put it in my house. Only time will tell!
I am already thinking about what I am going to be doing after the contest. I am going to venice for 4 days and having a week off of the training so that week is going to be an easy one. Food and rest, thank you very much!
I take my trainng seriously though and I am not going to waste the last 5 months of work to put all the fat that I have lost back on in a matter of a few weeks, which is surprisingly easy to do after a diet of this nature. It is a VERY strange feeling stepping off stage after a competition. For the past 17 weeks every meal, every workout, every day my focus has been largely on this competition, there will not have been an hour gone by where it didn’t enter my mind, be that thinking about my next meal, my next workout, having low energy etc etc. Then all of a sudden after the competition I can do whatever I want and there are no real restrictions apart from ones I place on myself. It is such a good feeling. It honestly gives me a real improved appreciation for life and all the great things in it. That may sounds ridiculous to most of you but it is true. Im looking forward to going on long walks with my girlfriend without struggling for energy. I am looking forward to walking through town, seeing some food that looks nice in a shop and just buying it without thinking about how many grams of this and that are in it. Working with my clients and having the energy to fully enjoy the sessions without feeling weak and tired. Simply not being hungry and feeling satisfied after a meal. All these things you can easily take for granted until they are gone, and I cant wait to appreciate and enjoy them all again!