Sunday, October 11, 2009

Impatience and a New Plan

I had a meltdown last night.

I just completed 5 weeks of the keto diet, 2 weeks of training, and 1 week of cardio. I was starting to feel ok about myself and thought I was seeing some progress. And then I tried to find outfits to wear to work this week ... and discovered that I haven't made any progress at all.

Since I now work from home, I've been living in sweats and workout clothes. I find jeans and a comfortable t-shirt to wear on the weekends, but I haven't had to dress up for work. So when I was going through my wardrobe (read: boxes and bags of clothes yet to be unpacked), I had to try on dress pants to find some that fit. I realized I'm in my largest size pants again. Sigh. I don't know how this happened, as I've been strict on my diet and my workouts are more intense than ever.

I hate feeling so unhappy with myself. And I really don't like my physique right now. So I made the executive decision to start contest prep early. Since I'm traveling this week, I don't have my food completely prepared, so I'll begin prep next Monday. What's the difference between what I've been doing and contest prep? Well, there are several differences.

Food ...Right now, I don't weigh my food; in prep, everything gets weighed, counted, or measured. I'll also go back to writing down everything I eat, and having set meal times - every 3 hours. All my meals will be whole foods; no bars or protein drinks.

Cardio ... I'll increase my morning cardio to an hour before work on an empty stomach. Currently, my cardio is a half hour in the morning, and another half hour several days a week. It's also not completely consistent.

Training ... My training will remain the same; it's already intense and consistent

Supplements ... Vitamins will remain the same (Multi, C, Calcium). I've been trying the new fat burner, Top Secret, by Bodywell Nutrition. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to continue with that, or switch to Hot Rox Extreme by Biotest, or maybe even Hydroxycut Hardcore by MuscleTech.

In a nutshell, contest prep is more intense, time-consuming, and consistent. Everything is planned, prepared, and measured. Training and diet are always in the back of my mind, and I'm very aware how I look and feel day to day. I'll start taking progress pictures once a week (same time, same location, same lighting), and tracking my weight.

I know I talked about a Transformation in my last post, but I've decided that I'm not patient enough go about it the way I'd planned. I want to see results sooner, and therefore, I'm increasing the intensity of the plan and transitioning into contest prep mode. Once I drop some weight and body fat, I'll re-assess and come up with another plan.

It's time to get serious!

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