No, I don't have a date yet. Due to my crazy work and travel schedule, my trainer suggested that I start off with an "off season" program, to build up my frame. After that, we will go to the next step, which will be training for the actual competition. When that happens, I will pick a date. Being as competitive as I am, I have no plans to register for anything until I am ready and I have a chance to place. So there.
Anyhow, January was bad for me. First, I had to travel. That was not too bad. Only four days off the bandwagon at the time, but taking as much care as I could of the portion control and whatnot.
Then I came back and all hell broke lose.
How did hell break lose? I got really, really sick with a bad case of bronchitis. This knocked me off my socks for a little more than a week. As a result, a portion of the program that would have lasted two weeks, took me four to complete. When I checked on my progress, the results were less than optimal.
Needless to say, I was disappointed but hardly surprised. However, I decided to take it with optimism, and get back on the wagon.
So this is the situation as it stands:
1. It took me four weeks to complete a two week segment.
2. Because of travel and health speedbumps, I totally fell of the wagon on a lot of my nutrition and exercise.
Now for the good news:
1. I now have a baseline. Getting into the whole nutrition thing was hard. It's a very strict plan, and it's a lot of food to eat. I have now managed to get it right.
2. I have realized that I needed to smooth out the rythm of my workouts. They are long, grueling, and meant to last 65-70 minutes, as opposed to the 50-60 minutes that my old workouts took to complete.
And that's not counting the cardio.
As a result, I had to cheat and miss some of the routines. That has been resolved, and now I can do it all in the alloted time.
3. I am now going to bed a little bit earlier so I can wake up earlier and get to the gym on time, allowing me to squeeze in the extra time.
4. Spring is coming, which means that I will be able to take my cardio outside as opposed to not doing it at all. (I don't have time to go to the gym for a second session, and I don't own a stationary bike or anything, but I can go outside and run or bike or whatever.)
5. I feel healthy and motivated, and I have no travel scheduled for the next 4 weeks at the very least.
6. The wagon is a wagon. I can fall of the wagon, but I can go back on the wagon. It is always there, patiently waiting for me. Watch me get back on the wagon.
So yeah. I was feeling rather down, but not anymore.
I am motivated, healthy and ready to rock and roll.
And it feels real good.
Watch out wagon! I am holding on!