As some of you may know, I’ve been prepping for my next competition set in October. As of right now, I’m 7.5 weeks out from the show and have been technically dieting for it since April.
When I started in April, I knew there was a lot of work to be done- having rebounded 25 lbs from my last show and all….
But at first, things were much easier than I expected.
As you might recall from my last post, I loved my meals, my cravings were bearable (if any) and my weekly cheats were far from crazy. I was slowly losing weight, feeling much better about myself, and finally feeling like I was in control again.
After about 2 months, we went on vacation. The timing was perfect as my motivation had started to dip. A week and a few delicious burgers later, I was back on track and ready to go! Before I knew it, I was 12 weeks out from the only show in my hometown in the fall season! I felt ready.
To be clear:
Competition diets are not lifestyle diets. I would never EVER put a client through this. The lack of carbs makes you feel tired, weak, and cranky. Relationships get rocky, and all you find yourself doing with your spare time is collecting recipes on Pinterest as if it were your own personal porn stash.
To reiterate- not a lifestyle! Not sustainable!
I was in love with my morning oats. I was proud that I was able to reintegrate peanut butter- my Christian Grey- into my daily diet without going overboard. I was excited that I could still have all of this AND a free meal on the weekend and still get to my goal! I felt like I had finally found that balance.
At 12 weeks out, the oats were cut out and replaced with a measly half cup of chickpeas. Don’t get me wrong, my tuna, chickpea, celery, red cabbage salad is quite tasty. But it doesn’t keep me nearly as full and it, by far, does not satisfy my sweet tooth.
I’ve managed to deal with the hunger and the spacing of my meals a lot better than my prep last year.
However, what set off alarms were the strong peanut butter urges coming back. Also, the need to rape a bakery.
Those same urges I fought last year came back with a vengeance! Now, combine that with my already feeling terrible because of the return the dreaded diet constipation issue and you have yourself one hot mess.
Have I caved? Yes, absolutely. I have not been able to really enjoy a proper cheat meal with my boyfriend or close friends because I keep “screwing up” in private and it’s frustrating!
It’s also frustrating to have to refer to it as “screwing up”! Can’t a girl go to the gym, eat amazingly well but still have a freaking cookie if she wants one!?
The answer is yes.
The problem is, when you restrict, you don’t stop at one cookie anymore… At least, I don’t. Not right now.
So what do I do? Do I back out? No. I’m not a quitter. That’s not in my nature.
I do think, however, I might have to re evaluate things. When I was cutting down slowly, I was much happier and having way more fun with the progress.
Lately, I have felt myself getting more and more stressed and unhappy with how I look- which, not to sound arrogant, but I look amazing and the only thing that makes me unhappy and think otherwise is the fear of not being ready for the show.
My first impulse was to message my coach and request not just stepping on the gas but flooring it! Then I thought: that would mean no more carbs, no more cheats and probably enough caffeine to make a sloth bolt! Is that what I really want?
I want results, yes. But I also don’t want to rebound again. Getting lean quickly for a competition instead of slowly and steadily for myself was what caused all of this mess in the first place, right?
It’s the classic diet with a deadline.
Maybe it’s the guilt from the cookies I just had talking, or maybe it’s the fear of failure but there’s definitely a hint of the voice of reason.
I’m not saying I’m not competing. It is something I absolutely want to do again. I’m saying that until I’m in the final phases where restrictions are inevitable, I want to avoid doing anything extreme for something that is still 7 weeks away.
I put a lot of pressure on myself and it can be VERY counterproductive. So my plan is to take a load off, and go back to doing this slowly and properly. It’s me and my health first. If I’m ready by October 3rd, I’ll compete. If I need more time, I’m only a couple of hours away from the other shows. No big deal.
It’s all about bringing your best package, after all, and if I feel like mine is suffering, well, that’s just not what I want to present- simple as that.
This goes beyond being just about me.
I am a daughter, a sister, a maid of honor, and a girlfriend. Not to mention I’m also a personal trainer/leader/mentor and friend to many and I only ever want to lead by example.
I’m not perfect, but I’m also not one who is going to hide that from you!
Thank you for letting me share this. Like I said, this could very well be guilt talking and I’ll be ready to compete by the 3rd but there’s a chance that it might be later and I’m ok with that. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted whichever the case may be!
Thank you for the support and, as always, be happy and be healthy. Xx