Mindset, balance, motivation, blah blah blah.
We hear this stuff. I say these things. They are true but there’s so much more to it than that. When I stopped competing in 2016 I had the hardest time transitioning into “normal life”. No shit I was driving that struggle bus. With a distorted view of what on season vs off season was supposed to look like it’s taken me 2 years to find my way and I’m not 100% sure I’m there yet but it’s close. After competing at 118 lbs and then cruising around at 146, I knew that wasn’t me. I wanted and needed to get my head right. Through all the preps I lost where my body was happy. It wasn’t until I got my crap together and realized that if I wanted to look a certain way I had to eat a certain way. Have I dieted down to this 129 lb version of myself? Yup! But without set expectations or deadlines placed on it. The great part is, this hasn’t felt like a diet at all! I don’t restrict food groups, I’m not hungrier than the normal person should be on occasion. From February to July I’ve come down 17 lbs and maintained here through two vacations were I ate ALL the foods, drinks, and had time off training, celebrated numerous birthday parties with cake, barbecues, eaten off plan maybe once or twice a week, and been to social events. Do I say “no thanks” sometimes?....absolutely! Do I feel deprived?....never! I eat towards my goals and closer than ever, here I am with a big fat smile on my face.
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