The 2012 competition season is in full swing, and there are many people prepping, including myself. Competing is very hard, especially for first time competitors. The journey can get tough when you lack the right support system or if negativity is an issue, whether it comes from you or your family or friends.
Not only am I prepping for my next competition, I am training a group of first time competitors for the 2012 BCABBA Western Canadians in Kelowna, British Columbia. It is a huge bodybuilding event held every spring, becoming more and more popular, with close to 200 competitors.
It is interesting to chat with the girls that I train because they all go through the same feelings and emotions during prep time. They often think that they are the only ones who feel this way until they chat with another girl in the group, then they realize that they are not alone. Bonds are formed and friendships are often made in my groups, which is wonderful because they learn to lean on each other.
Unless you decide to pursue competitions as a career, which is very hard to do, you must ask yourself “why do I choose to compete?”
Competing is a great goal to pursue for many reasons, for example, getting back in shape after having a baby, getting over a fear of wearing a bikini in public or just something that is on your bucket list. A few problems that arise is the fact that diet and exercise can be time consuming and take up all of your thoughts, emotions and feelings, which can turn a happy person into a totally different person that loved ones do not recognize.
When you decide to commit to a competition, you have to keep things in perspective and your priorities in order. Do give 100%, but learn to balance your training with your personal life to keep things positive with you, your family and friends. This sounds easier said then done, but not impossible. You must realize you can still go out for dinner and have a good time if you can deal with the pressure of bad food or drinking alcohol. Its all in your mind, and if you can learn to say no, this can make even the weakest person into a very strong person mentally.
Competing should not define who you are. We are all successful, beautiful women and competing is another goal that we do for ourselves, but should not be the end-all be-all. Always remember who you are, what your goals are, and why you choose specific goals, and always remain positive and true to youself as much as you can during your journey.