Thursday, April 22, 2010

How badly do you want it?

How many times have you started something only to stop halfway through? I think we're all guilty of not finishing things we've started, for a variety of reasons. Maybe we got bored, we let other things take priority, the going got tough, we were missing things we needed to continue, the plan needed to be revised ... the list goes on.

Lately, I've been doing a lot of thinking about following through with things. As I'm only a couple weeks out from a show and my body (and mind) is starting to rebel against me, I've started to ask myself how badly I want to do the show .. and to win. I'm also thinking about others who are either just starting to think about fitness and those who have been gym rats for years.

We all decide to join a gym or to work with a trainer or to do a show with the best of intentions. In the beginning, we're excited about the process! It's all new and fun! We can't wait to get a training program or to get started on a diet. And the first week is always fabulous! We're workin' hard, we're gonna make some changes! It takes a couple days to get the food and supplements for the diet, so we're 100% certain we'll be on track with the diet ... next week.

And then the second weeks rolls around ... and it gets more difficult to stick to the diet. We start making excuses not to go to the gym. And we start making substitutions in our diet (because peanut butter is the same as cashews, right? Cuz they're both nuts.). Worst of all, we haven't seen any changes in our bodies yet. Over the weekend, we revert back to our previous lifestyle. We go out to eat, we have a couple drinks, we skip the gym (because those are "Off Days" right?).

Monday of week 3 ... we REALLY don't feel like going to the gym today, and we didn't plan ahead yesterday, so we don't have our diet food prepared. Guess we'll just have to grab something "healthy" at the restaurant across the street at work. An egg McMuffin is healthy, right?? And just a tiny bite of the donuts in the lunchroom won't make a difference, will it? We don't feel like going to the gym. The scale hasn't moved, and all this exercise seems like a waste of time. I don't really need to do 12 reps, do I? Ten seems like plenty.

Week 4 ... Well, we gave it a shot. Didn't see any changes, so it's ok to have that grande extra leche mocha along with the raspberry scone before work. We have to meet with our trainer tonight anyway, and we'll prolly just work it all off in the gym.

Does any of this sound familiar? It's totally familiar to me! I can push myself beyond my body's natural limits during contest prep, but when I hit the off-season, I discover that I'm really good at making excuses. I can justify anything! But by doing so, the only person I'm letting down is myself.

With only 3 more weeks to go, I really need to remain focused and consistent. I need to brush off the little thoughts that keep popping up in my head (OMG there's CAKE in the lunchroom!!), and remind myself how important this show is to me.

Think about this next time you start something ... how badly do you really want it? If you want it badly enough, you can do anything!!


  1. I really like your blog! Congrats on your placing at the Arnold, and good luck the rest of the season!

    I was thinking something similar today, how I can dig deep when it comes to prep, but after it's over I have such a hard time not falling into all the typical food traps! Definitely something I need to work on! Good post!