I believe the saying is “damned if you do… ”
Way back almost four (4!!!!) years ago when I first started this crazy ride called figure competitions I got a lot of criticism on my diet.
I specifically chose to work with dr joe because there was no good or bad foods. It wasn’t restricting and I was able to choose my own foods based on my cravings and likes as long as they for into my macros.
I decided that was not for me and embraced joes methods and it worked very well for me. When I decided it was time to move on from Joe I was by no means “cured”, but I no longer viewed food as the enemy and was ready to embrace health.
Throughout my two years with joe I always got the same comments.
… You’re not strict enough
… You shouldn’t eat that
… You should do more cardio
In other words, people thought I wasn’t “hardcore” enough.
To which I simply say, you get on stage, then we will talk about being hardcore.
Anyway… Oddly enough last November when I joined blueprint and made my most drastic diet changes to date the comments once again started.
I’ll be the first to admit going into it I had no idea how a set meal plan would go for me. Gluten and dairy free was just another big grey area that I chose to embrace.
The longer I lived the “blueprint lifestyle” the better I felt. My afternoon/evening bloating was gone, I had more energy than ever before and the draggy crap days of prep were few and far between.
Then provincials happened… And this happened..
…. And uh… This too…
Yup, post show I…. O.M.G. Ate a cupcake with gluten and dairy… And I had vodka (… And a large amount of it for that matter) chased with bakery cookies.
Yeah, obviously not from the gf bakery at superstore.
I didn’t give two thoughts to these things. All day leading up to both treats I ate my usual meals, went to the gym, drank my water. I was out to a Christmas Fair with mom and we wanted cupcakes… I went out with the girls and wanted to well, not care.
…. And I didn’t.
Until I got (several) comments of “so you’re back to being normal now?” And “I see you have up being gf”
Um… I ate a cupcake. I didn’t hit up a bakery and gorge on bread until I turned into the marshmallow man.
I honestly didn’t think anything if posting those photos, but apparently other people did. Sadly it was the same people now telling me I was a prep sellout that had originally said I was stupid for being so extreme.
Can’t win them all right?
If there is anything I’ve learned from this journey is that there is no one size fits all approach. What works for someone might not work for someone else. I’m a constant work in progress and I love and embrace this.
Yes, I’m still following my plan. Yes, I have had a treat here and there. That doesn’t mean I’ve quit or given up… It means I’m human and not only enjoying my lifestyle, but enjoying my life.
Obviously putting my life and prep out there in the blog world opens me up to comments and feedback… And I totally welcome that. So if you have any diet/training questions ask away. I’d love to answer them and clear up any concerns or criticisms you may have.
Because like my mom always told me…. You know what happens when you assume….