Last night on the #BuildMorethanJustaBody monthly group call we discussed a range of topics including guilt, shame, body image, food choices, & acceptance of what’s required to be better.
As I reflect on this final push of prep, I recognize I already am grieving prep.
It’s been a day in and day out journey of commitment since November. And prior to that it was build build build.
Prep demands a lot of us, and I’m soooo excited for a growing season, but something I’ve done this entire prep is apply the feelings that come post show about what I miss about prep to having presence and gratitude in this process every day.
I have chosen each day to give thanks to my body for this, to myself for investing in my goals, and to bodybuilding for how it impacts my life.
I recognize that post show can bring people into a deep funk.
Some things that have helped me:
- I identify the standards I have of myself regardless of the season which makes it feel like less of a change
- I prepare mentally and physically for the change in demands, shape, & time commitment so when it comes it doesn’t come on so strong
- I journal about the amazing lessons I’ve learned, things I’ve overcome, & growth I’ve had throughout prep to support me in seeing my strength into improvement season
- I recognize how good I feel throughout prep and when I don’t feel good which helps me to see the benefits of transitioning as well as to staying focused
- NEVER go on autopilot mode!!! This is the final key I’ll share. Don’t do it with food, with how you show up in the gym, with relationships, with emotions…you’re not a robot!!! You can be a “machine” without turning parts of yourself off. EVERY part of you serves a purpose and if you ignore these pieces of you, signals, cues, etc then you’re limiting the data you could be collecting and utilizing to support you moving forward. Many people come off autopilot post show and then wonder why it feels so hard to cope…you must remain mindful through every season
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