So when I decided to do this figure competition, I don’t think I knew exactly what I was in for. Don’t get me wrong, I did my research, but there is always more to learn. Here are a few things that I was not expecting when I made this decision:
The callouses on my hands. I mean, they’re really bad.
How badass I would feel when squatting close to or the same as the guy next to me.
How many funny looks I would get in the weight room when squatting the same as the guy next to me.
That cardio would not be my favorite thing anymore.
The people who look at you sideways while you’re writing down the details of your workout between sets.
How many questions I would get about what I’m doing and how hard it is to explain sometimes!
Wanting to conserve my energy for a workout later in the day. I used to take advantage of any extra activity, but if it’s going to mess up my strength training, I’ll skip the extra calorie burn now.
How much I now adore strength training.
The amount of mental strength I have. I thought I’d lost it, but I’ve really surprised myself lately.
How much easier it is to get back on track if I do slip. On Saturday, I was far from perfect, but I still got my workout in, and it gave me that much more motivation to get pretty darn to close to perfect with my workout and diet on Sunday.
How much effing protein I would have to eat. And how quickly I go through chicken breast, tuna, Greek yogurt, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
The eye rolls from my roommates when I tell my to feel my flexed bicep or quad. (OK, JK, totally expected this one. I’d do the same!)
Any figure competitors out there? What was most shocking to you? Anyone who has just started a new fitness routine or a new way of eating? How many of you had experiences you didn’t expect? Spill!