I've been a bit slow getting to the forums but I did start my contest on 22 May as planned. The photos have been taken and I've made my plans for the next 12 weeks and I'm ready to go, determined to make significant and noticeable changes this time. And after the first week, I think I'm off to a strong start.
I've been thinking long and hard about my past contest efforts and why I did not get the results I wanted and am addressing issues on all fronts to make this the best contest ever for me. So, as well as thinking about nutrition and workouts, I've been working on improving my personal productivity and organization, keeping stress under control and making sure work doesn't derail me.
I've invested in new books, taken out a subscription to Men's Health magazine, bought the right apps for my mobile devices and in general, made sure I've done whatever I can to ensure maximum success. I think my recent trip to the US did me a lot of good even though was very busy with work the whole time. It was only when I returned home to Bahrain that I had actually relaxed somewhat.
My main goal for the first week was to eliminate sugar and get my diet sorted out and I achieved this goal as well as getting back into the workouts again. The change I have experienced in this first week in my mental clarity and energy have been dramatic and I'm going to work hard to sustain some sort of improvement each and every week.
I'm repeating TT Hotel Room Intermediate for the first 4 weeks as I've been off strength workouts for a while and need to rebuild some muscle and conditioning - this workout seemed to the best for challenging mea at just the right level. Based the way I felt after the workouts this week, I think my judgement was correct and they were not too hard and not too easy. I did intervals too (running) using the 'beginner' routines and by the last session of the week, I could feel the conditioning returning.
I'm planning to do TT Big 5 next and haven't really thought about the workout for the last month.
I'll be dropping by the other threads in the forum over the weekend and I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting up witn new contest entrants.
Have a great weekend everyone!