|Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:05 AM|
This week has been rough in terms of contest prep. Workouts were ok but not as intense as last week, food was ok but not perfect on plan and I just don't feel like I have made any progress this week. I am feeling ok physically but in need of a good, tough workouts for sure. Plans in place to bump up the cardio next week and get back to heavier lifting, 4 days.
My prep has not been the typical "contest" workout regime. I am still doing limited cardio and have made great progress up to this point but since the events of the last week have resulted in a slight stall, it is time to amp things up a little. I still won't be doing 2 hours of cardio a day or anything but splitting up sessions and adding 20 mins in the morning and evening most days - far more than I have been doing up to this stage. We'll see how I feel then next week and mostly, how I am looking in the mirror and what the tape says The last 4 weeks coming on will surely be more focused than they have been.
One promise that I did make, was that my prep would not interfere with my normal life and would not take time away from my family, and so far I am proud to say that I have been successful in keeping that promise.
After the sudden death of my best friend's father last week I started to question whether I would even do the show. What's the point? None of it matters. Life is so fragile, so short. None of it is important. And truth be told it isn't, in the grand scheme of things. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that that is exactly why I should do this. While I can. While I am healthy. While I have the opportunity to pursue hobbies and challenges that I enjoy. My friend's dad enjoyed life to the fullest and everything he did, he did with passion and enthusiasm, be it work or play. So now I will do the same and I will enjoy my life with no regrets or saying "I wish I had done....." I will do while I can. And when I walk across that stage, I will smile and think of him.
So onwards and upwards into the next week we go....5 weeks to the stage. Workouts are planned; meal plan is feeling great and simple to follow; even the sugar cravings have subsided; suit is almost finished and goes in the mail in a day or two (which I am super, super excited for); the heels are out and practice actually walking in them has begun.....ah...strange as it sounds, I do love this process!
What challenges, goals or hobbies have you been putting off?
You might not get a "later" to enjoy it.... food for thought.
In Health, Happiness and Balance,