When I began competing, it was all I thought about. I was in beast mode 24/7. I started with the determination and will of steel.
The next time I competed, I was fired up, but had a hard prep. I was sick and injured. I relied on sheer will when the motivation was lacking.
Maybe you have also felt that way when you began a program. You were excited, on point until you got weary.
I’ll be honest.. sometimes I think of quitting when I smell the neighbor’s bbq .
Then I have to re-evaluate my whole life.
Motivation fades and discipline has to take over.
This year, I am doing a long cut. I am not interested in a fast weight drop with the potential to rebound so I have made a decision to take it slower. I think in some ways this is a different struggle than being handed a menu with six meals of chicken turkey or fish. I HAVE to make good choices. I have to make choices that further my goal and it’s all on me.
The other day we drove by a QuikTrip. I saw lots of very overweight people leaving with their slushies and bags of treats. That place is heaven on earth. Every craptastic snack treat under the sun is present and accounted for!
All the people leaving looked happy.
They looked like they were going somewhere fun!
For a moment I asked myself “Why do you want to be an elite athlete?”
“Why get leaner? Those people look so happy”.
Now, I know in my heart that I would never and have never been happy eating mounds of junk food. I straight up do not feel well. Been there. I know better, but that internal dialog is a real B. I chose my sport. I know it so I need to level up and
get my cut done.
The Mister has been with me in every prep. He seems to know the right thing to say to help me out.
Prep in our house lasts only 18 hours. I have to get through these 18 hours. I can do anything for 18 hours!
That means I’m eating this weird elephant 1 bite at a time. I’ve always had better luck if I don’t look at the project as a huge undertaking. I’m better off stringing together lots of successful days . This feels much more do-able than 4 months on cutting macros.
Cutting is hard. It’s not fun, you do the best you can to make it as delicious as you can but the bottom line is you are eating less. Take your project and create a small incremental goal. One day, one week , YOU CAN do it.