My Journey: Re-Examining

cold-and-fluI know this probably seems like a reoccurring theme, (or bad nightmare for me) but as I write this I lay in bed, sick, again. This time with some type of gastrointestinal bug that I’m assuming I contracted from my partner Holly, as she was laid up with the exact same thing yesterday.

In my last article I talked about obstacles and using them as fuel to overcome and train in spite of them. About not let them drag you down and to never give up. Well I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I can barely make it to the bathroom, let alone the gym.

After a certain number of obstacles one can’t help but think that maybe there’s a reason for them. That maybe a moment needs to be taken to re-examine what’s going on. With weight training if you’re not making progress, you need to look at your training log and examine where it has gone wrong. I think diet is the same way.

As I have mentioned before I’ve lost 60 lbs, and have been dieting hard since last summer, and during the end of summer/fall I decided to take on a contest diet. Things have been going excellently and up until this past month or so I was happy with my progress.

I’m not saying I’m unhappy with progress because I am extremely happy and would not be where I am today without the help I’ve received from JC and many others.

I think a brief pause is in order this time. When I was sick last time I never really took the time to let my body regroup and recover. I was in the gym until I couldn’t get through cardio because I could no longer breathe. I still lifted weights and pushed myself through it.

I don’t plan on giving up. I still plan on competing, but I need to be giving this 100 percent. 75 percent just won’t cut it. Right now, I’m running at barely 50. I have used this column, its readers and my friends on twitter as part of my motivation to continue because I felt I would be letting everyone down, as well as my family if I didn’t go through shoulder-press-1with it.

I have come to realise through conversations with JC and Holly that this is an awful lot of pressure to place on myself, and they are already very proud of what I have accomplished. It’s time I took a brief pause and got back to enjoying doing this, not looking at it like work that has to get done.

Monday I am starting over fresh and taking a new lease on life and doing this for myself, not because I have to, but because I want to! Thank you all for reading along and having patience with me! I appreciate it! We will get there!

Happy Lifting!

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3 comments for “My Journey: Re-Examining

  1. March 3, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Doug pretty much said it all. If you’ve been dieting hard for going on 6+ months, there has to come a point when you just cruise for a period to give your body a break and allow it to catch up. Being in a constant calorie deficit is a tough thing for your health to handle, especially when it’s the opposite of what you’re used to. Take care Luke. You’ve done well to get yourself healthy regardless of what you decide to do next…

    • Luke Aubin
      March 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Thank you both for your input on this subject! It has been a draining and long 6-7 months that I never would have thought possible 60lbs ago! And up until seeing both your posts I would have felt like I was being weak or it was a cop out to take a break having come so far, but I think my system needs it, a couple weeks at least, to recoup and get back to running to full steam.

      I’m not going to run to mcdonalds or anything like that lol probably just eat at maintanance for a couple weeks and then maybe resume, ill see what JC thinks is the best course of action! Thanks for the support and input both of you, it is truly appreciated! Keep you posted!

  2. March 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Good idea to take a break to recover, Luke… People forget that pre-contest dieting, heavy lifting and water depletion all depress the immune system and tax the heart and internal organs, so a break to let them catch back up is a great step along the way to the stage!

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