It has been awhile since I’ve updated information on my website – life has been busy. First, I was busy getting ready for the holidays, then my dad became ill (he is much better now) which had us traveling unexpectedly to Canada, and then I got injured.
At the completion of my competition season I set some specific goals to work towards during 2015. Unfortunately those plans have been put on hold while I recover from this injury. I had surgery on my right knee on February 11th and am recovering well. I tore a piece of my medial meniscus off and it was stuck on my lateral side. Dr. Sparks found the piece exactly where I felt it and did some extra trimming and cleaning up while he was in there. I am already walking around 80% of the time without a crutch and am able to ride the bike – yahoo!
I believe in setting goals and think it is a great motivation tool but you also always have to be prepared for life to get in the way. My mind set has changed; those lifting goals have been put on the back burner for now and my focus is to be healthy and to be able to just squat body weight. I will confess that I’ve had moments of wanting to cry but then I think about people battling cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases and disabilities and stop feeling sorry for myself. This can be difficult for athletes but being flexible and allowing for goals to change must be expected.
I’ve made the decision to not compete in 2015. At first I felt some pressure to compete again but I need the mental and physical break. This will be a good opportunity for me to become more comfortable in the off-season. I competed 3 seasons back to back so I was always on a time-line with diet, macros, etc. Now that I am taking the entire year off I feel like I need to learn to be comfortable in my own skin and eat and live as a normal human being. I think only competitors can truly understand what that statement means. To be stage ready means being extremely lean, this is not a livable lifestyle. When I am on stage my weight is 115-120 and off season I should be at 130-135. That extra weight is necessary but it is hard to adjust to seeing and feeling.
I am on a mini-cut for the next 6 weeks. Since I am not moving and lifting as much I am need to reduce my calories. Remember, it is all about calories in vs. calories out. So even though I am not competing, it feels like I am on show prep calories but only for 6 weeks vs 6 months!!
One of my friends had a cancer scare recently. It reminded me how fast your life can change. Training is a huge part of my life but we cannot forget the other important parts like spending time with family and friends!