Hey Guys, happy to be here and share the next 6 weeks of prep with you all.
So to start, that's my big head battling AJ's normal sized head in the picture at the top of the page :)
I'm now half way through week 24 of this prep with another 5.5 weeks to go before the big one. I started prep at 246lbs and stepped on stage at 213.8 after a re-feed the day before show day, where I weighed in at 212.8lbs. A week after the show I hit 2 new lows over the weekend (212.4 and 212.2) on 345C, 270P, 45F - 2865 KCAL.
I started off this weeks training with a fresh body and mindset as I took 3 days off training. The reason being is that my motivation to train was surprisingly at the lowest its been and the enjoyment I usually get out of training wasn't there. If i continued to drag myself through sessions like this it's a slippery slope towards losing motivation all together and falling out of love with the process, so speaking with AJ we took a short training break.
Sticking to my diet and cardio, just avoiding training, I spent 3 days away with my girlfriend as she deserved some quality time with me after being so supportive for the last 22 weeks. I'm not going to lie, it's put a lot of stress on our relationship, so this quality time together has helped us massively. Maybe i'll post more about the struggles prep puts on a relationship if people are interested as it's something I don't think people think about.
Anyway, the result of my 3 days off...I woke up on Tuesday morning with not just a hunger for breakfast, but a hunger to train, I couldn't wait to get back in the gym and smash legs, the excitement and motivation was back, in a big way. Strength is back to where it was pre show, I'm focused, determined and ready to attack these final 6 weeks (5.5 now) and push for better condition. At a minimum I can drop 6lbs but if i really push, possibly 8-10lbs is achievable and hopefully that's striated glute territory. I was noticeably softer in my hamstrings and glutes than my upper body so that has to be the goal.