These pictures tell a story. They are before and after pictures but maybe not the type you are used to.
On the left the first photo was taken the morning before my second bodybuilding show on the 2nd of October 2015. The 2 other photos on the right are taken 4 weeks later on the 1st of November.
So what happened after the show in those 4 weeks?
I binged on food a lot!!
From going from a very low body fat percentage to suddenly having body fat around my stomach and other areas in 4 weeks had a profound effect on me. My mood dipped and I got very frustrated with myself.
I had just done a 20 week prep for my first show and an additional 4 weeks for the second show to get in the best shape of my life.
After it was all done, I was tired and physically drained. I felt now I had no set goals to look ahead to. My mindset had suddenly changed and now I wanted to use food as comfort.
I become obsessed with food, it was on my mind constantly. When eating it was like I had never seen a meal before in my life. I started to have a really bad relationship with food and it was having a detrimental effect on me. I knew I needed to pull myself out of this fast.
But it was painfully hard.
My jeans were getting tighter around the waist and I wore a hoody every day to hide away the weight I had put on as I was so frustrated that I had let myself get out of shape so quickly.
It’s a strange thing that when you reach a long term goal, life can be pretty empty. There’s a feeling of elation of what you have accomplished but then when it all said and done, you hit a lull.
After the shows, reverse dieting is to be done where you gradually increase calorie intake after a period of dieting to help your metabolism recover from low calorie dieting.
Adding in extra calories like I did too quickly will store excess body fat. Once I did see extra body fat I got an overwhelming urge to start dieting again.
It took me a couple of weeks to get my head around this. I got back to hard training and refocused on new goals. I realised then and more so now it’s not sustainable to walk around with ultra low body fat percentage year round.
I got my head together and food back in check. I also had great support from my coach/family/friends and co-workers to get my mindset right.
I think I can relate to people on a personal level due to this situation I was in for those that struggle with food.
I am being 100% honest in all my posts as that is the way I am. I don’t make myself out to be a 100% motivated Personal Trainer. I have my struggles just like anyone else.
I motivate others on a daily basis but sometimes my own motivation isn’t there. I’m human just like everyone else.
I’m constantly learning about myself and strive to be the best person I can be. I love training and would be lost without it.
I hope this post inspires people more than anything.