My Journey: Nothing Stays The Same

josh_miller_competitive_bodybuilder_maxcondition_athleteThroughout the course of this process to become a competitive bodybuilder I have come to the realization that one thing is constant, and that is that NOTHING is constant. This entire journey has had more ups and downs than a roller coaster and its starting to wear me down.

The changes are becoming less noticeable now, and less weight has been coming off lately. I’m down to a pound a week roughly, which makes it difficult to stay motivated at times. At first when I asked JC about this I didn’t understand what he meant by “roller coaster” but now I do.
Some days you wake-up and look in the mirror and look great and can’t believe it’s really you looking back! Other days it’s much more difficult to even look in the mirror!

Even getting through a workout some days can be tough, and I never thought I would say that! It almost has become a chore to eat and go to the gym.
Throughout all of this I have definitely developed a sense of discipline and determination, and a real appreciation for competitive bodybuilders and physique athletes and what they go through on a day-to-day basis.

I touched a bit on this earlier in an article about how hard it can be to get in shape, but this is so much more than eating healthy and exercising. It’s things like weighing food, counting macros, adding, subtracting, adjust this to allow for that, all while maintaining a workout regime that would exhaust most normal people.
The mental fortitude of this special group of people is truly unmatched and I for one applaud each and every single one of them for being able to control their own destiny and balance their lives in such a way to achieve success with their bodies at the highest level of competition.

Not only are they competing, but the majority of them have families! determination.stoneChildren, husbands, wives, not to mention full-time jobs on top of all of the training and competing! All of this is why I say they truly are an amazing group of people!
 You may agree with their choices or not, but you cannot disagree with their work ethic and mental strength and that is why I will be proud to call myself a bodybuilder in May. This is the reason why I continue on with this struggle daily, because I know I can achieve anything I want to if I am determined enough. What about you?

Happy Lifting!

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11 comments for “My Journey: Nothing Stays The Same

  1. January 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Just jot down in a notepad as to what supplements works for u and what not
    Maintain the motivation in you and I am sure one day u will look in the mirror and say “Perfect”!!

  2. January 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Stay the course, Luke – you’re doing a GREAT job. The frustrations you’ve described have led many a lesser man (and woman) to using the ‘juice’ – which is why natural bodybuilders deserve so much more credit. Staying all-natural keeps your pursuit healthy, but it takes a person with a lot more intestinal fortitude and personal motivation – glad to see you’re up to the challenge!

    • Luke Aubin
      January 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

      thanks Doug!
      again, like Chris, its comments like this that keep me pushing through in the face of adversity and let me know Im doing something worthwhile! I appreciate your support tremendously as does the team here at Lifestyle and Strength!
      thank you very much!

  3. Luke Aubin
    January 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Chris!
    Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! Glad your enjoying following along! Its comments like yours that keep me both enjoying this and pushing through when things get tought! Thanks again!

  4. Luke Aubin
    January 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Definitely peaked my interest! Ill look into it for sure for the next prep, too late now to change halfway, might risk a big backfire! Thanks for info and reading! Appreciate it!

    • January 29, 2013 at 1:34 am

      No worries mate.. just be strong and dominate the stage!

  5. January 28, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Hey Luke,
    Sounds to me as if you’re on low carb or keto diet.
    Flexible dieting opened a whole new dimension to me when I was prepping for my first contest.
    Did low-carb/keto first and hit a brick wall with my metabolism. Then I got my hands on Lyle Mcdonald’s book “A guide to flexible dieting”.. changed my life.. literally and really helped me enjoy the rest of the contest prep. Full of energy, no starving and having fun while prepping. Best of luck to you mate.
    Cheers, Alex

  6. January 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Great job keeping up Luke, not easy to do sometimes but you’ll get there. Don’t worry my man, soon you’ll fall in love with the process! Pushing through when it gets overwhelming is what separates the men from the boys. I just know you are going to make yourself proud, and me as well just knowing you!

  7. Chris
    January 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I think there’s a lot more people that read this that are really wanting to see you do this Luke. Keep leading the way!

  8. January 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Keep at it Luke, and you’ll be joining this elite group too. It’s easy to be great when everything is going well, but the truly great continue on when the going gets tough. Stay strong!

  9. JC
    January 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Bringing awareness one post at a time. There is more to what we do than just lift, eat sleep. Call it what you want – chore, job, hobby, passtime….it all comes down to one thing…work. With anything, you get out what you put in. I applaud your strength and determination to continue!

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