Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Speedbump and Thanksgiving

For the past month or so, I've been wrestling with the issues I discussed in my Title Match blog. Namely, do I really want to give my all to my Pro card quest this year, or do I want to try to have some life balance? I have to admit, the life balance option is far more appealing ... yet ultimately, less satisfying. So ... I've made the decision to just go for it! I'm excited! And scared.

Leaping off the threshold ... kind of

I was all set to take the reins on my diet this past Monday ... and then I got sick. I'm not just talking about a cold or sinus issues (cuz I train and diet through those issues). I'm talking about stomach issues and a fever. I actually went home from work on Monday afternoon, which I very, very rarely do. (Srsly, I have a desk job, where I just sit all day. I have to be really sick before I go home from work.)

I've been on a saltine crackers-pedialite-Jello diet for the past two days, which feels really weird to me. I'm so used to eating on a schedule, that it felt weird to not eat much during the day. And I can't remember the last time I had saltines. I can't help worrying slightly about losing muscle mass by not training or eating any protein for two days (strange, I know, but it's the mindset of a competitor). I'm well aware that my body needs rest, and it's depleted, so I don't want to push it and prolong getting well, but I'm itching to eat some protein and get to the gym again!

Giving thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I fully intend to celebrate without thinking about training or diet (not that I'll be eating much cuz of my tummy issues anyway). Gotta be honest here, I'm so sick of hearing and reading about all the tips to "stay fit during the holidays" and "how to lose weight during the holidays." Why do fitness people think it's not ok to enjoy holiday food once a year? Unless you're in contest prep, there's absolutely no reason NOT to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. There's no need to go for a run after dinner, or do morning cardio so you won't feel so guilty about eating. Detach guilt from food. Ok, 'nuff said about that.

Eye of the Tiger

I'm ready to do this thing. I'm going to take a couple days to let my body fully recover, and then it's on like Donkey Kong. (Anyone remember that game? Did I just date myself?) J and I have talked about my approach to competing this year, and we both realize we'll face challenges and frustrations along the way, especially when we're both dieting at the same time (yikes!). It's so important to discuss this decision with close friends and family, though; I don't want to run the risk of alienating people who mean a lot to me. I know some people won't understand, and that's ok. All I ask for is support, and an occasional encouraging comment.

Team Universe 2011

My next show is on July 9, 2011. I have 32 weeks to get myself into the best conditioning of my life, so when I walk out onto that stage, there's no doubt in the judges' minds who should win.
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
~ Orison Swett Marden

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I just found your blog and it gives me motivation to continue my training as I aspire to look like you and compete some day. I hope you feel better soon.