Date: 18th September
Weeks out: 7 and a half months
Comp date: April 2017, TBC
For some time, I have contemplated how I will be writing this post; I don’t even know where to begin. Last week, I’ve made the decision to step on stage next year and I have spent all of last week planning, researching and reading up all about female bodybuilding competition – a subject that is completely foreign to me.
To be entirely honest, since I’ve taken up weightlifting and fitness seriously in all of 2015 – 2016; I have never thought about stepping on stage and whenever this topic comes up and people ask me about it; I would always laugh and shut it down. Me in a bikini, like seriously?
Having said that, the lifestyle change in the past 12 months have taught me heaps around discipline, determination, mental strength, focus, patience and self motivation around fitness and health. It also helped me to step out of my comfort zone and remind myself to never stop challenging myself. For the past couple of months, I have been finding it harder to find motivation to stick through to my usual routine.
Perhaps the lack of a goal was setting me back, perhaps I was looking for a new challenge and perhaps the thought of “I would never” became “what if” clicked in my mind. The decision I made last week will probably change my life forever but I am hopeful, excited and extremely nervous about the comp.
I have time on my hand to start prepping and I will utilise my blog as my virtual diary to keep track of my progress and to also serve as a small little channel to document all my mistakes, roadblocks, plateaus and success in my journey to stage.
At this stage, I am likely to enter bikini and novice division next year. I know there are heaps to prepare for and since I have just spent the last 2-3 weeks celebrating my birthday (that means cake, alcohol and lots of eating out!) so what’s a better way than to start my clean diet this week.
Next couple of weeks is all about getting my diet back on track, lift moderate to heavy weights and incorporate 2-3 low intensity cardio sessions per week at the gym.
Current physique update taken today, unfiltered.