June 2, 2015
Road to Provincials: Day 228/231
It’s Tuesday morning at 6:39am and I’m sitting down to sip some BCAAs while I get ready mentally to go and put in some time with the treadmill. This is officially my last day of training before I step on stage this coming weekend to show off the work I’ve put in during the past year, and more specifically the last 10 weeks of dieting and dialed-in training.
For those of you who have competed in the past, you’ll understand me when I say my food cravings are at an all time high and I’m extremely excited for the fact that I can have a burger and some ice cream in only 4.5 days time!
There have been a handful of challenging times during the last couple months of prepping but the majority of those challenges lie around food. You don’t realize how much of a social activity it is to eat and drink with friends and family until you totally restrict yourself for a little while. It’s times like these that prove to be most difficult; parties, BBQs, birthdays, vacations, etc. You are able to attend these functions still but it’s just not quite the same when you aren’t able to eat and drink what the people around you are.
The rest of the equation (training, cardio, food prep, etc.) is actually the easier part. As long as you have your systems in place and you follow them, it’s a pretty straight forward process.
One other aspect about dieting, at least in low calorie settings, that I find difficult to avoid is extreme agitation and irritability… towards everything and everyone! The smallest things get under my skin in the closing stages of a diet and I almost have to apologize to people in advance and then just keep my distance to avoid being a dickhead. I’m sarcastic, lippy, angry and just not fun to be around – even to myself. Fortunately this is usually only apparent during the final couple weeks but still, it will be nice when this weekend is over and I can transform back into my ‘happier self’. And to those who have been forced to interact with me during this last little bit – I’m sorry and thank you for putting up with me!
For those of you who are interested in the steps I’ve taken over the past ten weeks to transform my body for contest prep, I will try to provide a quick overview of the system I’ve used and what’s worked well for me.
My training schedule has been pretty consistent at 5-7 days per week. Partially because my programs have called for it and secondly, I just love being in the gym and find it difficult to take days off, even when I know I should.
I have bounced around between different programs during the past year as well as the last 10-12 weeks too. So for those of you who were hoping for that perfect training program to whip you in shape and were thinking you could copy mine, sorry but that won’t be happening. I find I change programs every 6-8 weeks to keep my interest and motivation levels high, so I couldn’t pinpoint one specific program to give credit to for the physique I’ve achieved. There’s a saying floating around in the workout world that says ‘When it comes to training, everything works. But nothing works forever’. This is exactly true based on what I’ve seen and experienced over the years and for that reason, I like to stay on a program long enough to gain some benefit from it and then after a couple of months, I design a new program and start the process over again.
With that said, while my programs may have changed semi-frequently, I have maintained a few underlying principles and areas of focus to help achieve the look I was going for in the allotted period of time:
As we all know, this is the department responsible for the majority of your body’s physical changes. Yes, training is important but without some specific focus in the kitchen, you’ll never make any lasting results.
I didn’t follow one specific meal plan these past ten weeks either so I won’t be able to give you a complete breakdown of my daily intake. What I can tell you is that I followed a few minor guidelines to ensure my body weight kept moving in the right direction:
Well, just about three days left to go before it’s time to step on stage and show what I’ve been working towards. Time to go hit one of my last workouts, put a little time in with my posing and wrap up with a little visualizing in the sauna. The next time you hear from me will be post-competition so wish me luck!