Throughout this journey I have learned more than I have in anything else I’ve undertaken in my life. Not only about working out, diet, cardio, and how my body responds to different stimulus, but about how to maintain a contest diet and still carry on with a “normal” life.
I say “normal” because I think everyone’s definition of normal is as different as are all our lives. I’ve had many ups and downs. I’ve encountered some obstacles and events that while they may have hindered or slowed my progress at times, or made it difficult to continue, haven’t stopped me or made it impossible to keep going.
Illness, both my own and that of family members have slowed things considerably. I don’t believe in the “hardcore” mentality, training no matter what. Hardcore to me is someone who manages to find time to train in spite of obstacles or family engagements, not instead of them. Skipping out on family engagements or responsibilities in order to workout or train is not “hardcore” I’ve said it many times, it’s exactly the opposite in my opinion.
This past week I had a bit of a freak out. This entire process has me very interested in dieting and how the body responds to different techniques. Despite my better judgement and a warning from JC I tried a new method. It’s similar to JC’s, but a little different regarding the workouts, depletion and refeeding. The result was I scared the crap out of myself.
After three days of extreme depletion workouts I then proceeded to consume in excess of 600, almost 700 grams of carbs over a 24 hour period. It was glorious. Afterwards I immediately felt guilty and started to freak out. This caused me to go into panic mode and cut carbs completely and begin depletion workouts again in anticipation of my weigh in that week!
I was worried I had ruined everything, that all my progress was lost! How could I be so stupid to think this was a good idea! You fool! Weigh in came, and as I suspected, I was heavier than the last weigh in. Three pounds heavier and after a brief freak out and some calming words from JC we quickly established a new plan and got back on track.
To me, bodybuilding has become about over coming adversity and accomplishing goals in spite of bumps in the road. If you are easily dissuaded, then bodybuilding is not an endeavour you should under take. Not only are there a million obstacles that can come up to set you off track, but your self-confidence and body image becomes so skewed you start to doubt yourself every time you pass a mirror. Its insane!
I’m constantly told by people at the gym, friends and strangers alike, about how good I look, or lean or whatever. To which I reply “yeah, but not enough” or “yeah, I need more delts” or “need more chest thickness” to which I’m met with strange looks. Body builders have the self-confidence of a young teenage girl. We”re supposed to be these jacked, ripped guys, but are always talking about how fat we are. Quite comical I think!
In retrospect if you meet an obstacle, just work with it. The old adages of when life gives you lemons, or what doesn’t kill you, are 100 percent truth. Use them to make you stronger and don’t give up. You will succeed eventually, but also don’t let your goals distract you from your family or real life. It’s a fine balance, and many people have written about it including JC. It”s up to each one of us to find that balance and make it work! I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting close. Here’s hoping you find your balance!
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