“I take my body to what may seem ‘extreme’ because I’m so competitive at heart. Staying in shape doesn’t come natural to me, but has always been my passion. However, dieting for a long time seemed almost foreign. What surprised me was once I became more knowledgeable about nutrition I was able to see my abs within just a couple months, and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it’d be. I never turned back.
For every goal I set before myself, I think about my last success and how I felt at that point, the preparation that went into my daily routine and the drive I needed to get there. You may feel tired both mentally and physically, but honestly, when I’m at my “weakest” I feel my strongest. I’m in complete control of my body; molding and carving it to become better.
Diet is always hardest for me at the beginning of prep and the last few weeks before a show. I get crazy cravings for junk food, everything from New Jersey Pizza to Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I can honestly say during my second time prepping around the 6 week out, I was stressed and even though my coach said I couldn’t have a cheat, I cheated anyway. I feel like if you’re getting to a point where you aren’t having fun with what you’re doing, eat what you want, enjoy it and realize why you started this journey in fitness. FYI, that chest was a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts! Haha!
The best thing you can do is monitor your diet and do cardio 3-5 times a week, and as long as you’re eating clean with maybe 1 cheat meal a week your abs will come in quicker than you think. You will never want to go back to looking soft again.”
Prepared by Anthony Thomas
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