Sian Toal - 4 Weeks Out. . . . . .

My prep began at 16 weeks so I feel like it’s been an age already. But I keep saying to myself that if I've done 12 already, surely 4 is nothing! Albeit the hardest 4 weeks.....but I started this to see if I could do it, mentally and physically and accept the challenge. I just take one day at a time and focus on achieving small daily goals. Actually, I've started to not see it as 4 weeks to go because if the show goes the way I want it to go, there's another 8 weeks on the other side to the finals! So...just under the 4 week mark! The Kent Klassic is coming up and my debut in the UKBFF....

Last time I blogged, my body was not changing in the way I expected, so something had to be done to get things moving again! I noticed such a change in my attitude here when this happened. A kind of mature, rational response. The persistent part of my personality kicked in! Wow....I'm a real grown up!! The mantra being drilled into me that contest prep is a marathon and not a sprint, resonated in my mind and I kept to the plan and fought to not let my spirits or motivation drop. I'd heard of other athletes stalling for 6 weeks! So mine was hardly a drama compared to them!

Dietary changes were the main thing (exactly what is kept secret...!) but let's put it this way, a system to shock the body a little and keep it guessing....

I'm always open and honest in my blogs and this is no different. I won't say I'm on top of the world everyday full of energy, bouncing out of bed to do early cardio at 5.30am. Because I'm not. I've had good days and I've had a difficult few days, where I question, what I'm doing and why? My energy sometimes seemed to be only fit for lying horizontal watching the Olympics (could be worse!!) But I'm learning to take the rough with the smooth!

I'm very fortunate to have an understanding boyfriend, but then I started to feel guilty for putting him through my occasional emotional moments, where I need to hear that I'm doing ok and have my ego massaged a bit! He assures me I shouldn't feel any guilt, but me being me, I try to be strong in myself, find my own inner strength. With him as a support, I find that internal drive is stronger this time around. This is why I harp on all the time about friends and family support because like any other athlete, there are dark moments and there's no need to become an island. I can happily say I've had some good training sessions this week and feeling a bit more upbeat!

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