My first figure competition was in 2011 and last one occurred fall of 2013. Because bodybuilding was my sport for those years, I would cut/bulk certain times of the year, depending on my show date. But now fast forward to 2014, I have a new goal, which is to stay lean year round. 365 days a year.
This requires new habits. In which the holidays coming up is when I’d start bulking and gain 15-20lbs. Of course I’d lose it for the show, but not a fan anymore of losing/gaining. This time, I want a figure I can maintain all year round and be proud of. No depression stages, binging stages, and want to wear baggy clothes and bake and only movement is heavy a** lifting stage. Which is normal for most bodybuilders but honestly, I just want to be strong and lean everyday. L-I-F-E-S-T-Y-L-E
That means cardio won’t be just something I just do during Pre-Contest
That means I won’t gorge and eat whatever I want during the holidays
Also I will always choose clean foods for 80-90% time and eat crap on occasion 10-20% time in which the more you eat healthy food, the more you will crave healthy food.
I will be practicing what I preach- everyday. Lead by example..
This changes your relationship with food-in a healthy way. Food for fuel, not for emotions or when deprived and eat everything like food will be gone forever. Now when I am more balanced, I’ll choose to eat healthy for health and my goals and know it’s a choice- not a drag.
Who reading this is maintaining a lean figure year round? What do you do that helps and how to you manage your nutrition/workouts differently?