Failure is an inevitable component of success
Doing anything BIG in life that requires hundreds, to sometimes thousands, of hours means that you are guaranteed to encounter setbacks and inevitable failure at some point in your journey. But failure is merely a path correction, a slight adjustment to your process, an area that needed tweaking... You cannot have great success without failure. Keep that in mind when you begin a weight loss journey, a physical transformation, a competition prep, or really, anything in life.
WANT TO KNOW WHAT PREP IS REALLY LIKE?
These are posts taken from my Instagram account, where I documented my full prep journey. Here is a snippet into what it's like week-to-week. Check out the full journey and future preps on my Instagram page, and check out this blog post for added insight. Come and take this journey with me: @kristi_eide
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PART 3: #11weeks & mental toughness
I've been asked a few times recently about where my head is at (mentally) for competition prep this time around. The hardest part about prepping for a show like this isn't the time spent in the gym. Sure, it's challenging physically, but the mind games are the trickiest parts to navigate. The incessant comparing of yourself to others, picking yourself apart, feeling inadequate, being too big, too skinny, too this, too that... it's exhausting. I see a (very) high correlation amongst fitness competitors and past easting disorder issues; the two almost seem to go hand in hand. I've openly talked about my struggles with this before, so I am not different than most.
Body dysmoprhia is a very real thing and in a sport where you are constantly being critiqued on for your physique, it can be challenging to keep your mind from going back down that dangerous road. You must be in a positive state mentally to compete, have a solid support system, a coach who knows what they're doing, and set realistic (but high) expectations of yourself... oh and be ready to grind like no tomorrow.
In 2017 there were a lot of things that were unstable in my life and stress got the best of me. This year (2018) has bee so much better. I have an A+ trainer, friends who support me getting back on the competition wagon, those who pull me up the second I get down, and 2 amazing little boys who love going to the gym as much as I do. My head is in a great place right now and prep is full steam ahead.