Last week (the week after my competition) I had my birthday, a couple of morning tea’s at work, dinner out for my birthday (twice) and drinks.I still managed to eat relatively good – trying to keep in the back of my mind to try and keep my protein levels up, and not eat too many carbs.
Exercise wise, I was conscious not to do nothing. I was back at the gym lifting weights on Tuesday and Thursday nights and also went for two runs and did a set of stair sprints.
Today I’m sharing what’s next – how to I go from eating so strictly and training 8 times a week to trying to live a balanced life. I’m not saying a ‘normal’ life – but choosing balanced because what exactly is normal?
I’m not going to just fall off the competition diet, and binge eat all the foods I’ve been craving these past few months. This post-competition I’m going to be smarter and wiser.
During this competition prep I was researching along the way better ways to get back to reality after a show. People like the esteemed Layne Norton, fellow competitors, Amanda Marie, Jill Taylor from Activewear online and Charlotte Mary are all advocates for ‘reverse dieting’. I won’t go into detail, but it’s all about coming off a competition prep diet and getting back to normal a healthy way keeping your metabolism in check.
For me it means maintaining, then slowly backing off cardio. Keeping in weights training. It will also involve keeping my protein levels high, and slowly adding in carbohydrates and fats.
It’s all about trying to not let your weight skyrocket after a competition and put on a lot of fat. So far I’m doing good, the highest ‘weight’ I put on was 3.2kg, and has now started falling again. I’m eating more carbs and fats already and am feeling strong.
It’s all about balance
However from now on it’s about balancing a once (or twice) a week treat with nourishing, whole foods for the rest of the time.
2 June 2013: NT Powerade City2Surf -12km
I have already registered to run the NT City2Surf. It’s on in a few weeks. Bad news is at the moment I can’t run more than 3.5km without my calves getting super tight and almost crampy.
This run will more than likely be a motivator to get my back running again. I’m looking forward to it.
Maintaining my exercise schedule
I’ll be planning in weights sessions 4 times at week to keep the muscle I’ve built over the past few months. I’m going to get a new program written by my trainer. As mentioned above, I’ll also be planning in runs and keeping in cardio like spin class or body attack also.
Getting back into Crossfit
I miss the social aspect of Crossfit, the varied exercises and the high fitness levels I got from it. I miss my friends from Crossfit Darwin and they miss me too – often asking when I’m coming back! At this stage I’m planning on adding in one session a week, and building up from there.
What are your next exercise/fitness goals?
What keeps you motivated?