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After sharing my last update on Facebook, someone left me the following comment, “Hi Lara. I’ve read all your blogs and must admit that aside from hopefully feeling a sense of achievement at the end, I’m struggling to find anything positive in what you’re enduring. It sounds like torture and not seems to be having a detrimental effect on your wellbeing. It’s a very interesting read to understand what is needed and how you are finding the experience. ” I felt I wanted to post a second article this week outlining the positives of what I am currently undertaking
At this moment in time, I have never been had more definition on my body. In fact, I actually have a slight abdominal V shape, striations on my shoulders and very toned legs. Currently, I am at the lowest body fat percentage I have ever been. Even when I was training as a personal trainer in 2013, I got upset because my BF was 29%. I am now 20% and still cutting as we speak.
I have historically suffered from a bloated stomach due to various intolerances. However, this diet is so clean and full of wholefoods with no salt, sugar or sauces that I have not had any bloating. Even before my calories were reduced drastically I was full of energy on the food I was eating.
After undertaking this fitness regime, I now sleep really well. Like most people, I get up in the night a lot but that is because of the volume of water I am drinking. It has nothing to do with my sleep which is heavy and sound. Also, since undertaking the fitness plans, my strength has increased so much and I am lifting the heaviest I have in the gym. To top it off, my technique and form have improved.
Due to all the water I am drinking, my skin is now very clear. I can also actually taste and appreciate food now. I started off needing to have spices and such added to my meat, carbs & veg but now I eat without needing anything apart from maybe some pepper.
Food and Drink
From the restricted diet, I do actually feel hungry. But, who else really ever feels hungry anymore with the amount of food we have surrounded by us? I appreciate and understand food to be fuel, savouring every morsel and tasting every bite.My mindset towards food has changed since the start. I had to see and understand food as being fuel rather than a tasty indulgence so I would be able to get through the 3 months of preparation. A final thing to add about food is that I have learnt so much about portion control. People, in general, have portions that are way to big for what the body actually needs.
It has been 3 months since I last had alcohol and I can honestly say I dont miss it. I dont suffer from heavy headed mornings and sleepless nights and feel better because of it.
My passion for exercise has gone through the roof and I have learnt new techniques, moves, workouts and really enjoy the sessions. If you are not enjoying a certain exercise then I would recommend changing it to something you do like, that way you will stick with it.
Though out this journey, I have made new friends; passionate, determined and thirsty for challenges who give off great energy and are a pleasure to be around.
This fitness training and preparation needed has made me appreciate and understand this new sport. Soon, I will be able to say that I have competed as an athlete. Even if I don’t make the cut on competition day, I have learnt so much along the way. Moving forward, I will go on to learn more. In conclusion, I have a new found respect and love for this industry!
Let me know what you think of the blogs so far and if you would like more of my view on what I’m going though. I would love to hear from you! Check back regularly as I will also be adding pics and some more information on food, training and of course posing. If you would like to watch me compete, you are able to purchase tickets here.