Monday, October 20, 2014

Motivated Monday - NOT Peak Week!

Today would have been the start of peak week if I had stuck with my original plan to compete in the Texas State Naturals. After the date was moved and I gave a lot of thought to how I wanted my competition season to look next year, I decided to hold off competing again until 2015. I wanted to bring my very best physique to the stage but I also wanted to arrange my schedule so that the majority of my competitions take place in the spring, leaving the summer free to be more relaxed with family and to have a long building/off-season each year so that I can both improve and prevent burn out by being in prep mode year round.

I thought I would be really disappointed when this show rolled around and I wasn't competing even though I felt confident in my decision. Surprisingly, I feel even better than before about this choice. Competing is a marathon for me and I want to have a long shelf-life as a bikini competitor. I have enjoyed my summer, my building season and I feel like I made real changes to my body that will only become more visible as I peel off some more fat which's prep time again!

My plan is to compete in March and I decided to give myself more than the usual 12-15 weeks in prep mode so that I can really take the fat off but also leave room for Thanksgiving dinner with my family, and enjoy a few treats around Christmas without having to stress. I want to give myself the best chance to bring a strong package to the stage while maintaining my sanity.

Changing your goals or your plans doesn't mean you've failed. Sticking to a goal that no longer works for you (like competing this weekend) is setting yourself up for disappointment. Adjust your goals and your dreams as needed because success is not a straight line, it's a series of twists and turns that demand that you have the ability to think on the fly and adjust along the way.

What goals have you changed?

Do you feel like you've failed if you don't stick to your plans?

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