Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Life & Being Healthy

The last couple days have been a real struggle with my diet. I've finally decided to stop stressing over it and just accept that I'm not going to diet very strictly the next few weeks. I have too many other important things going on in my life at this point to get stressed out about not seeing my abs (I can't see them, by the way, which is quite depressing). I'm going to add some carbs back into my diet intentionally. I'm prepared to feel watery and a little bloated, but at least I won't be so hard on myself.

I'm part of a several bodybuilding and figure forums, and am always keeping my ears open on events in the competitive physique world. Yesterday I came across this photo and it really struck a chord with me. There's definitely a dark side to the world of competing, and this photo illustrates part of that in a very graphic way. Competitors are constantly judging ourselves and comparing ourselves to others, sometimes to the detriment of our physical and mental health.

When I'm in contest prep, my diet and training are always in the back of my mind. I always know exactly when my next meal will be and what I will eat. I know when my next workout will be and what I'll train. I know my weight down to a 1/4 lb, and how many litres of water I drank that day. Now that I'm not prepping for a show, though, I feel "off." My diet isn't consistent, I don't eat at the same times, I eat different food, and my training schedule is different. All of those factors contribute to a change in my body. So I'm always struggling to be in contest shape all the while not maintaining the contest prep schedule and routine. Doesn't make sense, does it!

So when I say I'm going to be more relaxing in my mindset about my diet, it's a big mental shift for me. And I can totally identify with that picture of Tracey Greenwood. While I love competing with my whole being, I also need to remind myself to stop once in awhile and not let it consume my life.

The next couple weeks, I'm going to focus on being healthy - physically and mentally - and not stress over whether or not I can see my abs. And I'm going to enjoy those carbs while I can! :)

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