6 Weeks To Go With Sian Toal

Ok, so what happens when you make changes to training and diet, everything is to the word, exact to the gram and things don't change the way you expect them to? Or perhaps no changes at all?! Well, if this happens to you, this is where we separate the strong from the weak and I'm not talking physically....
For the past couple of weeks I've seen no change despite sticking to the plan and training like a demon! The old me a few years ago would say, 'what's the point?’ throw in the towel and find the Ben & Jerry's. But not now...believe me, it's tempting. Many sacrifices are made to achieve an outcome and when nothing comes to fruition, it's deliberating. Bodybuilding is an endurance sport. It takes time, consistency, perseverance and mental commitment. It’s a common misunderstanding by those, shall we say...on the outside, that the finished product on stage was created in a few months, whereas reality is its years in the making and many downs as well as ups.
What good would it do me to give up when I still have six weeks to go? A long time in contest prep. Having a tantrum and sabotaging my efforts will set me back even further whereas continuing can only push me forward. Everybody reacts differently to different training and nutrition plans and the beauty of the sport is that there is not one formula for everyone. There are different metabolic rates, genetics, intolerances, the list is endless. You cannot predict how you will react sometimes so if it doesn't work for you, change your game plan. Try to not leave it for months and hope for the best, but in the same sentence, make sure you've given yourself time to allow your body to adapt. Trying something new for a couple days and then changing is no good, but a couple of months? Too long! Take another approach. When you've got a time limit like I have, yes, two weeks of not changing as expected I had to install changes. Don't become a victim to plateau....
It's a great learning process to understanding your body, but also your mind! How do you deal with it? Can you change your initial reactions like I did? Can you grow and develop your attitude as you do your body? I may have had a little sulk at my stalling, but soon I looked to positive action. Talk to someone and you'll soon see everyone has off days/fat days/weak days/confident days/etc. Learn to embrace change, understand yourself and take pleasure in discovery! It's very useful to know what doesn't work as well as what does.
There's the saying, 'if you always do what you've always done, you'll only be what you've always been'. Fitness and health is truly whole when the mind and body work together! Strong in mind, strong in body....

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