Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Removing Seasonal Labels...

Often times...

I get asked about my 'off-season' now that I'm not in the midst of preparing myself for a fitness competition.

Those heels are tucked away for the time being ;)

Although I do understand what is being asked...

I don't consider myself to be 'off-season' just because I don't have the intention to compete right now. (Although, I would have back when I first started competing.)

To put it simply...

I have realized over the years that...

Just because I am not getting stage ready...

Doesn't mean that I am not working just as hard (or even harder) in and outside of the gym or eating well. (The real difference in my regiment being the cycling through the different phases of my competition diet.)

Getting ready to pump it up at the gym.

If anything...

The time spent in-between each of my competitions has been a chance for me to soak in each experience, as well as soak in......

The lessons I've learned along the way! (And apply them to all areas of my life!)

While not forgetting to...

Appreciate what my body has given me the opportunity to do.

One of three competitions I competed in this year.
OPA Ottawa Classic.

It matters not that...

I'm not competition lean and that I don't have a rock solid six pack because...

Like I've mentioned a millions times before...

I am not defined by the size of my biceps or the number of abs that are still visible.

I am defined by the person I am both inside and out. (Not being competition lean doesn't mean I've let myself go, it just means that I've found a new normal that is sustainable and maintainable for me. And me only. And if I'm happy, that's all that matters! I get so frustrated when I hear people judge others and their appearance post-competition (or in any other aspect of life). Stop it. Just focus on yourself.)

While I don't know when I will compete again (I'm in no rush, and should I decide to get stage ready again, then I know the timing will be just right, for me)...

My goal is to continue living by the lifestyle I have chosen to live.

One that is filled with exercising, healthy eating, mindFUlly enjoying, and...

Taking care of my overall well-being.

I love to lift and...
Nothing will stop me from the empowerment I feel with every rep I make. 

If anything...

  1. Every season is a new opportunity for me to grow (in both body and mind);
  2. Apply myself and work hard in all that I do; as well as....
  3. Practice, each and every day, the things I have learned in my journey towards health living, and life itself.

In my decision to let my so called 'off-season' go unlabelled (at least at this point, I'm removing the label associated to it)...

My intention is to live every moment to the FUllest no matter what I may be striving to achieve in-between each season.

**Of course, I do understand the 'off-season' and the many definitions there are out there regarding it. I completely value its intent and its purpose. I am simply sharing my own perspective when it comes to my own journey, and lifestyle. For me, and the way it applies to my life is that, when you have a goal set in place, you commit yourself to it and work hard at it until you reach what you are striving for. Once you reach your goal(s), you continue on living your life, while practising those very lessons you learned along the way. You don't stop doing what you love, you simply move forward, refocus yourself (your intentions and your goals) as you make your way ahead, and perhaps until you decide to set another another goal for yourself. I don't turn myself on or off. I'm not in nor out. I simply am. Right now. Living. Breathing and nourishing my life with all the things that fill it. Every day. Every season.**

Questions FU You...

What does an on and off season mean to you?
Do you have an on and off season? 

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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27 comments:

  1. sometimes I feel as though after I turned 40 I launched into an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT season of life.
    it sounds...crazy and it is NOT at all a negative thing...I just feel I value so much more people and experiences over things and hecticness.
    Im staying in this season.

    xo

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    1. I totally get what you mean Miz. The season of life in which I am in right now is just perfect. For me. As I grow, the seasons will change with me ;)

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  2. although I don't compete, I do like to workout. I think it is important to let yourself relax a bit on the exercise and "diet". It is a good mental and physical break! Great post girl! xoxo

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  3. Love this! You are inspiring. I think it's so important for women to hear that even figure competitors don't have 6 pack abs year round!

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  4. LOVE IT!!! My race off-season was last month, and it was awesome!! I ate a ton of yummy things and just got caught up on some me-time! I have started training again, but the season is LONG! So there are ebbs and flows in intensity.

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    1. Absolutely there are! And we just have to go with it, learning as we go along.

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  5. Love it as always!!! I tend to take "off" months where my mileage is lower but I don't really have an official off season. I suppose if I was marathon running I may but really I enjoy the feeling of working out hard and seeing change in my body!

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  6. I love this!! Love that you've found a place that is sustainable for you and that you continue to share what you've learned with all of us.

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  7. I try to remember that the seasons ebb and flow too - so that I can enjoy life that much more in between during the down time!

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  8. This is a great reminder to stay faithful to the paths we have chosen, no matter what the time of year. That said, I do have my "off season" where I bring the volume and intensity down to recharge the batteries, both mental and physical!

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  9. Great post!! I don't have a true off-season like many runners because I don't race much any more. It used to make me question if I was a real runner - since I didn't have race season, off-season...

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  10. This is probably my most favorite post ever! I never competed and I don't intend to do so, but I totally get what you're saying and it's so inspiring! Off season sounds so horrible. It sounds like being dead for the time without a six pack. I love that you are just YOU and that is beautiful inside and out!

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    1. Thanks Lucie. I simply want to do what is right for me, within each season. If there's a goal involved, great, if not, that's fine too. I don't turn myself off and go into hibernation.

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  11. What a solid post. I love your perspective and am amazed at your consistency. That's what it's all about, in my opinion! Way to remove labels and be such a solid example. :D

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    1. I think consistency is so important in so many areas of life. It takes practise. Every single day. xo

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  12. Oh how I wish more competitors viewed it this way! Such a balanced and healthy perspective. I love the line about each season having its new normal and that this is just your maintainable place that feels good for this time of your life/training. Thanks for sharing such a breath of fresh air!

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  13. I am ALWAYS IN ON SEASON MODE! What in the world is an off season!?!??!?!?!

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  14. I am having a bit of an off season, I am just trying to listen to my body and take it to the workouts that it needs!

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  15. i echo miz. i think life unfolds and we need to embrace the season, not run around escaping it. I love where you are in your season, always growing. same. xxoo

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    1. Exactly. No running or escaping. Just growing within each season, embracing the change, and appreciate the lessons along the way xo

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  16. Being where you have been - I so get this! I honestly work as hard not competing as competing but it is just different hard.. I know you understand... AND, it is not healthy to try to stay contest ready or close all year round - it is too hard on the bod. You can still look & feel great without being like that - like you, I am happy at my healthy & fit happy medium.. & I just work at it & do what feels right for me & not anyone else.. :)

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  17. Love this post! I think it is probably assumed by a lot that since during competitions eating, etc can be very strict when you aren’t competing it is your ‘off’ season.

    I only relate my off season to not training for a particular running race. So I guess in my ‘off’ season I don’t run as often or as strictly to a set distance as I do when I’m training for a set race.

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  18. So true! The off season isn't a time to fall back but a time to enjoy and rejuvenate. I'm in my off season right now. I'm still working out, still eating healthy just not training for anything in particular other than living my life.

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  19. I want to print this off and show it to several of my mates who compete- They are either end of the spectrum depending on off season or on season- there is no consistently and I reckon it will potentially cause havoc for their bodies! Love your approach to it- it will only keep things in perspective and balanced!

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  20. I love this (as I always love your posts). For me I use the term on/off season but not in the way that most do. I don't stop training when I don't have a race coming up, but I do things differently yes. Seeing as I just finished my last marathon for the year, I am technically now in my "off season" for 3 1/2 more weeks until Official Boston training starts for me. What does that mean? It means training, but no training plan. It means running but without SPECIFIC distance/time goals. It means resting more, but not getting lazy. It means Eating differently but not sabotaging all of my hard work. "Off season" means I can take the time to focus on other aspects of training that I don't necessarily have the time to while in"training mode".

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  21. I've always been a season person, but I am diligently working to adapt my approach to be a LIFE person. viewing life through the lens of 'seasons' creates to many black and white and all or nothing perspectives towards food/exercise/relationships and they aren't healthy.
    I love your perspective and you motivate me to continue to work towards balance! xoxo

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