Thursday, August 27, 2015

Post-Competition - 2 years later...

I feel like I've written about my post-competition lifestyle and thoughts quite a bit on the blog but...

I feel like I need to talk about it some more as I'm still getting the same reactions and or comments whenever I'm asked if I will compete again and I answer the following...

"I have no plans to compete any time soon."


I'm not saying I never will but...

As it stands right now, in this present moment...

There isn't a competition in sight for me. (To be honest, there IS always that little bit of desire to compete but currently, and for the past two years, I'm just not hungry for it if ya know!) 

All of that being said...

I don't mind answering the questions posed when asked about my competition plans or 'what I've been up to since' (of course not!) but...

I do get a little conFUsed by some of the comments made at times so...

I'm here to clear some of these things up on my own, personal end of things:

"So you've stopped training?" Just because I'm not competing doesn't mean I've stopped training. I haven't stopped since I committed myself to taking better care of myself.
"You should compete again, it's good for you" I will determine what is good for me, thank you. And, please know that competing is not good for everyone. There is a lot of involved in getting stage ready AND it is a decision that should be well thought out - be it from the investment aspect of things to the support received (or lack there of throughout your journey) to, working at balancing your body and mind post-competition (once you've seen yourself at your leanest, adding blurred lines isn't always the easiest to swallow.)- there is a lot to consider.
"I guess you don't train as hard" I train just as hard if not harder.
"You must be happy, you can eat whatever you want now" Yes, I do enjoy having more flexibility with my 'diet' (what I eat) but I am mindful of the choices I make. I don't give myself a free pass just to end up where I was when I first started.
"I guess it's too hard" Yes, competing is a challenge someone decides to take on and yes, there are many ups and downs and lessons learned  just like anything else in life BUT my decision not to compete is not due to the level difficulty but rather as a choice to explore what else is out there, for me. A choice to venture off to discover other things I might enjoy doing too.
"Why don't you maintain your competition body?" You try lol But really, a competition body is for competition day. Just because I am not competition lean does not mean I've given up on myself or on my well-being.
"So why are you still training and stuff if you aren't competing?" Because treating your body with love and care is good for you as a whole, from the inside out. Oh and uh...I love it! I love feeling empowered when I lift, I love to sweat it out when I run,  I love to cycle it off when my legs are wanting. I love it. Did I say that already?


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After competing in a number of competitions from 2011 to 2013...

I decided to pause from the competitive world to truly...

Focus on living a lifestyle filled with health and fitness without having any specific dates to be physically (on the outside) ready for. (Mentally too!)

Don't get me wrong...

I love(d) competing.

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I love(d)...

The experience, seeing my own transformation from the inside and out, discovering my strength, meeting new friends, being proud of myself for giving it my all(!) and, not limited to, doing something I never thought possible (which is applicable to all things we strive to achieve)...


But...

After a number of competitions under my belt...

I found myself needing to step out of the stage lights and focus my attention on making a lifestyle out of what I came to love...

Exercising and FUelling my body right, while doing my best at keeping my balance.


Now...

Fast forward two years since my last show...

I'm happy.

I'm happy that I still love exercising as much as I did the first time I walked into the gym almost 6 years ago... (we all have our days don't get me wrong!) and...

I'm happy that I found (and continue to work at maintaining) balance in my routine (diet, rest days and everything in between) which allows me to enjoy all aspects of the lifestyle without feeling like I have to live within certain parameters!

*Side note: It's the name of the game when it comes to competing and when the choice (MY choice) is made up to compete, those ARE the parameters I choose live in- no complaining!*

So....

Am I going to compete again?

Like I said...

Who knows but not right now :)

I'm having FUn exploring new territories :)

For more reading on this topic, I've listed some below:

Competition: 5 Things I've Learned
Healthy living is not just a habit
Just Because (I'm not competing)
I am more than a six pack
Removing seasonal labels (as it relates to the 'off-season')

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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