What Happens When the Game Ends?
Keeping the balance of food and training is tough when you're not training for a specific goal
Sometimes, we need to hold onto faith while letting go of the outcome.
The show is over and you are living in the quiet time. I call it quiet time because there is no more hustle or rush, there are no deadlines and pressures, the game is over. Usually when I am training for a show I look forward to the quiet time, but this time also scares me. It is a time that really tests your mental toughness more so then being in training. For me keeping the balance of food and training is tough because I work best when training for a specific goal. I like having the pressure of being ready for that one day, the game if you will.
I am sure many of you know what I am talking about—you are so focused, tunnel vision, and no distractions, determined. Then show is done and you relax a bit. Start to become unmotivated, “allow” yourself a reward with food and you tell yourself you can because you trained so hard for months. That turns into a vicious cycle of overeating and extreme dieting till before you know it you have gained 15-20 lbs and miserable.
Why does this happen? It is something I have dealt with over the years, I know something very familiar with my clients as well as many competitors out there. I feel this happens because of our outlook on the whole process. You train for a show, deprive yourself for months, think about all the things YOU CAN’T have, post show eat everything in sight and have the mindset of “allowing” yourself a break.
I believe that this mindset is what sets us up for failure. Think about it, you train for months eating very strict and very regimented with your training program. It takes over your way of life and thought thinking about show day. Then it comes to an end and the next morning you wake up and you don’t have to do infinite amounts of cardio and you can eat whatever you want. Well, why not change that mindset?
When training for a show, enjoy the process. Never use the words tired, weak or words associated with anything negative. I know easier said then done but try it.
Wake up each day happy and blessed to be doing what you are doing… know each day will not be perfect because everyone has bad days but if you try more to be positive then you will think about the process so much differently.
Post-show, slowly cut back on the amount of cardio and do nothing cold turkey. Even though I workout for competitions I also enjoy it and love the way I feel… that even if I am not training for a show I would still do what I do. Also, try to find that balance with food. Again, something that is easier said then done but one that you must constantly remind yourself that there is nothing that tastes as good as being fit and strong feels.
I wish you all the best in finding that balance during the quiet time!!! Xo