If you aren’t loving what you see in the mirror post-show, remember that this phase is different & looks different for everyone!
Maybe you don’t look how you thought you would, how others do, or how you expected to; but how you look is exactly how you are supposed to right now & comparison won’t change that
If you’re doing everything you can to progress, you‘ll be okay!
Give yourself some credit for all the actions you are taking to improve & don’t let that be wasted on negativity
You deserve to love your body in ALL stages
If you don’t love her now, when she is showing up for you daily to grow, then what do you expect her to do when it is time to prep again?
In your improvement season you have to have NEW standards & expectations for yourself
It may be unrealistic for you to keep your abs showing ALL year, so give yourself some grace & stop fighting for that
A thigh gap? When you have only ever had that during peak week, yeah let it go babe you need to grow!
You might be trying to restore your hormones or body’s overall functions & that can’t happen if you keep trying to look like the version of you that was unbalanced
Just because someone else is only 5lbs up from stage weight doesn’t mean you have to or even should!!
Even if your coach has expressed an expectation, it doesn’t mean it will be your reality
Expectations are not laws; they are more like predictions
If you are working with your coach, express to them your new standards too so they can be on the same page or develop some with you
This journey is so much more empowering when you commit to loving yourself unconditionally!
Trust me, growing season goes by so fast & you are going to fall in love with your body
When you do you’ll be so glad you didn’t hop back on prep just to ‘get leaner’ or ‘lose this excess fat’ or ‘get control back’
Settle in, find a new normal, & be OK with it, even if it looks different from others
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