Since this was my first year competing, I had never experienced going from competition mode to offseason mode – the transition was relatively easy and as my muscles became layered by a sheet of fat…I learned to live with it. It was awesome to not be hungry all the time. At my leanest I was 115, at my heaviest in the “offseason” I hit 131 (I’m 5’3”). I continued to train 5-6 days a week to include low level cardio 4-5 times a week. I alternated between training heavy and training with very high reps but had decent rest periods and rarely elevated my heart rate.
I had no idea how sluggish I was in fact getting/becoming until I transitioned from “offseason” to prep mode 15 days ago. I also forgot (never would have thought I would have forgotten so easily) how much dieting and being hungry sucks.
Not having really increased my heart rate to any significant levels in months…basically equaled my getting “out of shape” at least cardiovascularily (that’s not a word but you know what I mean) speaking. I’ve been re-integrating more HIIT training into my training in order to mix things up and it’s been challenging.
The weight is coming off slower than I expected and I find myself suffering from the “I’m dieting so why don’t I look like my shredded self yet.” I’ve come to realize that when you’re hungry you’re a lot more critical of yourself and what results/gains you should be seeing. When you’re not hungry/dieting – you don’t have expectations of what your body should look like…you’re just happy you don’t look too fat.
It has taken me the last 15 days to basically get my head back in the game. I didn’t realize mentally I had been “taken out of the game” but somehow I did. Bodybuilding is a mental game, it is those who are mentally more focused and committed who become Pros and excel in this sport. I’m happy that my other professional goals are requiring a leaner version of me and I’m getting a big head start to my 2013 prep. Will be keeping a more shredded look all year in 2013…to do things differently this go round.
Hey! It’s all about trial and error. You have to figure out what makes you feel the best and what makes you the most competitive.
P.S. My pictures and videos from my 2012 prep – HUGE source of motivation right now so definitely recommend documenting your journey. You’ll be very glad you did.