Over the last few months I have been debating with myself whether to compete in the next year or not. Past issues with food and over-exercising have made me wary of my motivations for doing so and how I would respond mentally to lowering calories and increasing cardio. After lots of thought on the subject and a happy year and a half of fueling my body right, I have decided that the time has come to focus my training on a specific goal! Some of the things that I feel should be considered before making this move however are:
Are you happy with your body now? It is vital that you aren't beginning prep hating your body and desperately wanting to lose body fat. Starting with such negative thoughts means that you will never truly shift them. Love your body at every step of your journey- you should feel as confident stepping off the treadmill as you do after smashing in a cheat/treat meal.
How will you feel if you don't win? If you feel that your success comes down to the judgement of a small number of individuals, you are belittling your own achievements. Congratulate yourself every time you feel yourself getting better. You added an extra 5kg to your deadlift PR? Amazing!
Will you feel isolated or lonely as the comp comes closer? It won't be easy getting comp ready. But if carrying stacks of tupperware every time you leave the house and getting up early to hit the gym are going to bring you down, look towards other ways that you can put your training to use- perhaps sign up to do a marathon or obstacle course.
I have been gradually increasing cardio sessions and switching around my macros over the last couple of months to see how my body responds and am happy with the results so far. I don't feel confined to 'clean' eating every second of the day, in fact I’m guilty of eating peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon every day of the week. What you see of fitness models on Instagram (often after a fasted session with great lighting and a flatting filter) isn't real life. Enjoy the journey, don't be too hard on yourself, and love every second of the lifestyle.
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