Originally Posted On July 16, 2012
I am officially in off-season. I have been dieting since November and my body needs a much-needed break! This year I have competed in three shows, winning my class in all three, and placing 3rd overall (0ut of 3), 2nd overall (out of 2), and most likely 2nd overall (according to a friend who was observing from the crowd- out of 3). I wouldn’t say I am happy with the results, but I am content. My body pretty much stopped responding so when that happens, there is not much else to do but reboot your metabolism. Since I am so competitive by nature, sometimes I have to remind myself that this is my first year and I have learned a lot and done fairly well, even if it was not as well as I would have liked. Now it is time to focus on gaining muscle in order to be ready to kill it in my first show next year! I am excited to see my body change and being able to eating more calories I am hoping to get more creative food wise and post some recipes to share with you all!
To wrap it up, here are some things I have learned this year:
1. Never go below 1200 calories. Dropping below that will severely affect your metabolism.
2. When trying to find a trainer, look at their clients’ results. If their results are not up to your standards, continue looking.
3. Every body is different and responds differently to training and dieting. Just because it works for someone does not mean it will work for you.
4. Find a friend or a group of people who are supportive of your goals and can push you when you need it. Even better if they have similar clean eating habits or are training with you!
5. Be confident. Regardless if you feel you have your best physique or not, it is about looking confident and proud!
6. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. As time consuming as it is to prep, it is crucial for success. Don’t expect that parties, events, or restaurants to have clean food options. Call ahead, check the menu, or simply bring food with you to prevent having to stray from you diet.
7. Have fun! The process at times can be challenging mentally and physically, but remember why you started and what your goals are.
Special thanks to my family for supporting me; to Jason Phillips for being my trainer for my past 2 shows and dealing with my stubborn body; Mike Cerbus for keeping me in check diet wise, listening to my ups and downs, and coming to my shows; Jana Creel for being a great teammate and friend; and Team BSS for being a great bodybuilding support system. I would also like to thank all of you who read my blog or send positive thoughts my way! I appreciate all of them I hope to continue to inspire you throughout my off-season and let me know if you have anything you would like me to blog about!