1- The changes in my body are so Goodrewarding and make all the hard work worthwhile. A few years ago I was a jeans size 29/30 and now I fit into a size 24. Even though that seems tiny, I’m still anything but skinny. I would have never thought that would even be physically possible a few years back.
2- I’m getting married in August and I am ALREADY in the physical shape I would like to be in for my wedding. Many brides starve themselves right before their wedding, but I will be spending these last few months with a relaxed diet. The cherry on top is I will enjoy my honeymoon in Hawaii with my hubby walking around on the beach with the best body I’ve ever had.
3- I finally have the abs I’ve always wanted. I have been to hell and back getting rid of belly fat and my abs are even more cut than last year. After pushing my diet and training for 2 more months and being oiled up and spray tanned on stage, I’m going to be even more satisfied.
4- I have an amazing support system. Those in my close circle support me and understand why I don’t drink alcohol or eat junk food. Many people will fall over and faint when they know I haven’t had any alcohol since New Year’s Eve even though I go out every weekend. My best friends and fiancé will be traveling to watch me and have my back all the way.
5- My fitness has improved dramatically. I’m currently deadlifting 80kgs and lifting heavier than ever before. Seeing your physical strength increase creates a sense of pride and accomplishment.
1- I’m still not yet lean enough. Even though I’m in the best shape of my life, the athletes who win these competitions are extremely cut with literally zero body fat. Regardless, I love the challenge of working harder and reaching my leanest. I always see fitness as a competition against yourself, to compare yourself to only you and become the very best version of yourself. You can never lose, but only improve and work harder.
2- I’m going to say it bluntly: being on a diet sucks. I will be carb cycling as of next week, alternating between low and moderate carb days. Low carb day = sucks.
3- The closer I get to my goal, the harder I have to work. When I was chubbier, the fat initially melted off. Going from lean to leaner is extremely hard. As I get closer to the competition dates, I’m practically going to be pushing to my limits both mentally and physically.
4- Being female, everything shrinks during fat loss including your chest size. This is something every woman deals with and unfortunately nothing can be done to prevent this.
5- Training for a competition is mentally exhausting. I have moments where I tell myself, I’m already in shape and ask why exactly I’m doing this. I always end these thoughts with “good is not enough if better is possible.”
On the other hand, here are a couple of memories from my last competition. I was extremely proud walking on stage and waving the Lebanese flag. Regardless of the political instability, I believe Lebanon is one of the best countries on the planet.
No matter what happens, I am going to make sure competing for the second time around will be my greatest physical accomplishment in my best condition ever.