Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pressing Pause

As I've said so many times, sometimes I just wish the world would pause while I'm in prep, and then resume after my shows. But life goes on, and we must adapt and go with the flow.

Several weeks ago, I got a jury summons in the mail. The date I'm supposed to potentially serve is this Friday, March 4 ... which also happens to be during the Arnold Sports Festival. J and I had originally planned on heading out to Ohio on Thursday; however, I won't know whether or not I have to serve on Friday until Thursday evening. How inconvenient.

Until this weekend, we hadn't determined if we'd still head to Ohio on Friday night after I served, or if we'd just skip the whole thing this year. I've purposely been avoiding all things related to the Arnold, as I was feeling bad that I potentially couldn't go. J, on the other hand, was ravenously devouring all information, and was little-puppy enthusiastic about going to the Arnold.

We won't know when we're going to head out - it all depends on whether I get called in for jury duty on Friday.  If I do, we'll leave Friday evening. If I don't, we'll leave early Friday morning. I'm so impatient to just KNOW right now.

If I do have to serve, this will be the first time I've been dieting while summoned. I'm apprehensive about how I'm going to get all my food and water in while at the courthouse. I'm also concerned about the frequent restroom trips all the water drinking requires. (Are there restroom breaks during trials?) This is one of those times where I wish the world would pause while I'm in prep.

I'm also not thrilled about having to diet at the Arnold too. I heart protein bars with a passion, and I won't be able to eat any of the zillions of samples at the expo, which is rather depressing to me. So I'll do what I did last year and collect all the samples in a bag, then stick them in the freezer until after my show. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but this way, I can still get the experience of the bars both at the expo and later in the year.

I packed most of my food tonight - counted almonds and weighed turkey. I discovered I need to make more turkey tomorrow night, so there will be more food packing tomorrow. I'm bringing my cooler with me, of course, and I'll be eating all of my meals on time, regardless of where we happen to be. I won't be able to go out to a nice dinner, I won't be able to partake in the hotel continental breakfast (which I love!), and I'll have to drag my cooler with me all day both days. I'm sort of disappointed about all of this, but at the same time, I'm doing what I need to do to win in July. I also made sure our hotel had at least a treadmill so I can get all my cardio sessions in this weekend. Taking a trip is no excuse to slack on prep!
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first.”
~ Harry S Truman 
I know I'm going to have a wonderful time this weekend, regardless of the fact that I'm in prep. In fact, I may just walk away even more motivated by seeing all the other Figure and Fitness ladies at the expo!

1 comment:

  1. You are so prepared and plan so well--you can do it!