As some of you may know, I competed in a bodybuilding show a week and a half ago. As far as the contest went, I did not do well, not even placing in the top 5. I thought I was in pretty good shape. I dieted harder and trained harder than I ever have before. Unfortunately, my legs do not have enough definition to compete at this level. Not making excuses. I feel the judges got it right. I not only need to train even harder, I need to train smarter and figure out how to improve this weakness.
(That's me on the left)
But that’s not what this blog is about.
In the last week and a half, a couple people after asking what happened with the contest, asked if I was done competing and torturing myself. “Torturing myself?” Apparently,
some people think that I am torturing myself because of the diet needed to prepare for one of these shows. I have to admit, I was a little annoyed to hear this. After thinking about it, I realized that many people just don’t understand this sport or the discipline and dedication it takes.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not a big fan of the shows. I find it to be a really long day, I don’t like the spray tan, and I like sports that are actually a competition, not where a judge makes a decision. So in my head, I look at this very much like I look at golf; it’s me against me. How good can I be? A big difference is, golf last about 5 hours. The preparations for a bodybuilding show last about 3 months! Each day is me against me.
And I love it!
Many of you have heard the quote, “If you love what you do, you never will work another day in your life”. It’s that type of thing for me. I love the dieting. I love the training. I love how it makes me feel and I love watching the transformation of me. I love the thinking about my schedule of training and preparing my meals. It’s all good to me!
There are obstacles. The main one being family functions. I will not be a pain in anyone’s ass because of an obligation I made to myself. I will eat what I can and try not to make it difficult for anyone. I have a pretty big family too, so there are plenty of family functions. I consider that an absolute blessing though.
To sum this whole thing up and go back to the beginning, if you love doing something, don’t waste much time explaining it. The people asking will probably never really understand. If it means something to you then go for it!
But remember; balance is key…
Peace & Love
The Beast Life