Throughout the course of this process to become a competitive bodybuilder I have come to the realization that one thing is constant, and that is that NOTHING is constant. This entire journey has had more ups and downs than a roller coaster and its starting to wear me down.
The changes are becoming less noticeable now, and less weight has been coming off lately. I’m down to a pound a week roughly, which makes it difficult to stay motivated at times. At first when I asked JC about this I didn’t understand what he meant by “roller coaster” but now I do. Some days you wake-up and look in the mirror and look great and can’t believe it’s really you looking back! Other days it’s much more difficult to even look in the mirror!
Even getting through a workout some days can be tough, and I never thought I would say that! It almost has become a chore to eat and go to the gym. Throughout all of this I have definitely developed a sense of discipline and determination, and a real appreciation for competitive bodybuilders and physique athletes and what they go through on a day-to-day basis.
I touched a bit on this earlier in an article about how hard it can be to get in shape, but this is so much more than eating healthy and exercising. It’s things like weighing food, counting macros, adding, subtracting, adjust this to allow for that, all while maintaining a workout regime that would exhaust most normal people. The mental fortitude of this special group of people is truly unmatched and I for one applaud each and every single one of them for being able to control their own destiny and balance their lives in such a way to achieve success with their bodies at the highest level of competition.
Not only are they competing, but the majority of them have families! Children, husbands, wives, not to mention full-time jobs on top of all of the training and competing! All of this is why I say they truly are an amazing group of people! You may agree with their choices or not, but you cannot disagree with their work ethic and mental strength and that is why I will be proud to call myself a bodybuilder in May. This is the reason why I continue on with this struggle daily, because I know I can achieve anything I want to if I am determined enough. What about you?