It’s the final week before I fly to Chicago for the NPC Junior Nationals where I’ll compete for the chance to earn my IFBB Pro card. I’ve never been to Chicago and I’m so excited! Although most of the hard work has already been done in the gym and kitchen, the final week is very important for last-minute adjustments, packing (very careful packing – I don’t want to forget something important!), practicing posing, double-checking my flight times, arranging hair and tanning appointments, etc.
Goals for the show: I don’t have any specific placing goals because it’s my first national show, and I know that everyone competing will have been working just as hard as I have. I want to focus on looking better and presenting myself better than I did at my previous show in Atlanta on March 17, 2012, where I placed 4th in my class (against an amazing lineup – the girl who took first in my class recently turned pro! Awesome job Tiffany!) In high-pressure situations, I perform better when I keep my “blinders” on and ignore what everyone else around me is doing, instead focusing on doing the best I can.
This final week of prep has been mentally and physically tough. My legs are very tired, I haven’t gotten quite enough sleep, and every time a commercial for IHop pancakes comes on the TV at the gym, I force myself to look away because I want it so badly! My metabolism must be on fire because I’m hungry ALL. THE. TIME. Even 15 minutes after a meal! And I’ve been consumed with thinking about the show, visualizing my posing over and over and making lists for everything – things to pack, things to buy at the grocery store, things to email my coaches about.
I Don’t Have Motivation to Go to the Gym/Eat Right
Lately I’ve been thinking about motivation. Why do some people have an abundance of it, while others do not? A big part of my motivation comes from how I think and talk about my healthy habits. I don’t just go to the gym for fun… I go there to train. Same goes for my eating plan – I don’t care if I have to eat cold tilapia and asparagus, because it’s fuel for my training. I don’t care if it doesn’t taste good – if I want to have an awesome, high-intensity workout, I NEED it!
So if you’re lacking motivation, try choosing a specific goal – a half-marathon, a triathlon, a bike race, an upcoming event like wedding/reunion, etc., because then you can tell people “I’m training for _____, and that’s why I’ve got to hit the gym after work.” Additionally, tell people about your event/goal, because then you’re accountable! They’ll ask you about it, and you’re going to be embarrassed if you say, “Oh, I gave up on that.”
I hope everyone is having a wonderful June so far. I’ll take lots of pictures at Jr. Nationals and write a blog about the experience after it’s over. Follow me on Twitter for updates there, too: @LegallyFitKatie