So this is the week where I'm planning and writing up training plans and my diet. It's good to get back into it and have a sense of focus once again. It really is the week where I re-group and 'get it together'.
I have been having 'POST COMP BLUES' moments over the last few weeks, and although I havn't hit on full depression, it has been a challenge to stay positive. You train so hard for months to pack on muscle then diet so hard for weeks to loose that fat to finally get on stage for one day.
THEN... it's all gone, over, done!
WHAT NOW???? For me, I thought about getting right back into it and training for a competition 10 weeks away, I thought I could do it, but my body and enevitabliy my mind had different ideas.
My trainer had told both Jason and I to take 1 full week off, we thought 'That's cool' but we'll stick to our early morning routine and get up at 4.30am and go for hour walks. Unfortunatly for me, due to the dehydration process I put my body through I lost most of my vitamins and minerals, which left me with painful cramping in both Quads, 1 morning while trying to go for a walk I was doubled over in pain crying cause I just could not walk! Finally I took the time off and replaced all vitamins and minerals with supplements and eating fruit and veg, and drinking a lot of water.
The down side was that with all this eating I wasn't able to do cardio, so I instantly felt down about the weight that was coming back on. I wasn't being a pig, I had rice crackers and shushi, and dried fruit and protien bars - but I snacked when ever I wanted and wasn't on plan.
I am however happy to report that I'm not weighing in to badly and the extra energy is going towards my training now that I can lift and do cardio again!
Lesson learnt? Rest, recover, replace - next time I may even listen to myself and trainer.
Not to dwel on the bad aspects, I loved competing and am in it for as long as my body will let me! I will cover my competition experience in a future blog post along with 'THE PLAN'.Right now I look at this picture and think - 'I wish I still looked like this...' then I remember in about 20 weeks time I will look like this - even better is what I'm aiming for!