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So, it’s been roughly 3 weeks since I’ve written anything on here, which is much longer than I had anticipated. In fact, I didn’t want to stop writing at all.
There was an unintended consequence that happened after the challenge. I nose dived, and hard. I’m sure it was a result of three separate factors: loss in motivation due to the contest being over, mental fatiguity from focusing on little but training for roughly 8 weeks, and going off the supplements.
No, I didn’t start binging on ice cream and waffles or anything like that. My diet stayed roughly the time, perhaps slightly more lenient, but not so much that it affected my resulting numbers.
During the last 4 weeks of training, I changed up my game plan simply because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I started IF (Intermittent Fasting) and supplementing with Biotest: Hot Rox Extreme and BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids), with the intention of taking a break from the supps when the contest was finished. This might have been a case of “too much at one time”.
The contest ended on a Wednesday, but by Friday I was a mess. I could feel myself slipping into torpid lethargy. I just didn’t care about anything and all I wanted to do was sleep. Which I did. I’m not a napper, never have been, but I spent most of my time between laying on the couch and sleeping in my bed. But it didn’t end there, this malignant feeling followed me around for the next week and a half and I just felt like I was in a perpetual funk. But then one day, something in my brain decided to switch gears and, after reading this article on Precision Nutrition, I started to feel better again. Seeing all those transformations from the Lean Eating Program really inspired me to get back up and keep going.
The Lean Eating Program is a year long event in which you are given a personal coach that assists you with getting into great shape. Just look at the before and after pictures on that site, incredible. And, I’m not trying to boast here, but because I was one of the winners of the contest, I get a free year’s membership to Barefoot Fitness and that means that I have some extra cashflow. What better investment to make than in myself by doing Lean Eating? On another note, there is a prize for best transformation in Lean Eating, $25,000. Yeah buddy. $25K and a bad ass physique, if that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is.
So in conclusion, I feel like I care again. I might start supplementing again soon, except now I have the knowledge that I might crash at the end. I best take it easy and taper my regimen to avoid all that. I’ve already restarted my IF program. I also stumbled upon this guy and have been reading his stuff, also inspiring, if a little meat-headed.
I plan to update Visually Fit at least once a week from now on, more if I am feeling frisky.
Happy 4th to everyone.