Mental?

I asked someone the other day, “So why did I decide to do this again?”  To which they responded, “Because you wanted to challenge yourself mentally and physically.”

I am officially challenged.

Going into training, I thought the hardest thing would be the two a day workouts and the super clean eating. In reality, it’s not that hard to go to the gym twice a day or to eat healthy foods.  The hardest part is the mental discipline to keep it going for such a long time and to have almost every aspect of your life impacted by your training…social outings, sleep schedules, eating, grocery shopping, and having food with you at all times.

It is the discipline to stay positive, only compete against yourself, and keep the WHY of what you’re doing in front of you all the time is that hardest.  It’s enough to make you go mental some days!

I only have a few weeks, 5 to be exact, left and I found myself doing some odd things….things like flaring my lats and covertly practicing my posing while in the grocery line up. That’s totally normal, right?

Come October 17th, I will heed the advice of my friend and ‘relax and enjoy a banana or two’ before I start training for the next competition!

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Comments

  1. I had to laugh out loud on this one. “flaring lats” I do this all the time. When I am changing me clothes, before I get in the shower, when I get out of the shower, when I am sitting watching TV..ha ha It is a great awareness of your body and new muscles. The last 4 weeks are the hardest. You are getting down to the wire and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room any more. I find more determination and my competitive side come out as the competition closes in. Stick with it! You have come this far and you will see the great results in 5 weeks!!

  2. You made me giggle … I found myself doing my posing routine in the grocery store, I didnt even realise what I was doing!

  3. “The hardest part is the mental discipline to keep it going for such a long time and to have almost every aspect of your life impacted by your training…” <—I KNOW!! WOW!

    I recently started training for my first competition and am REALLY starting to realize the commitment I've gotten myself into…EEK! Totally worth it, but definitely a total shift in mentality.

    • It’s a TOTAL shift. Training for a competition is living an extremely focussed life. It’s intense all the time, not just at the gym. People just don’t seem to understand how it impacts your WHOLE life.

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