S A C R I F I C E
Believe it or not - this is me! I was channeling my inner Cameron Diaz with the blonde bob but it looked like straw most of the time! It took A LOT to get my almost black hair blonde! This is me at my leanest back in May 2014. It was 2 weeks before a physique competition that I did in Denmark, where I came 5th in the open category (any age) and 2nd in the over-35s. As much as I rather liked being this lean, it took a lot to look like this. Literally blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice. 12 weeks of clean eating, day in, day out: steak, nuts and asparagus for breakfast, tilapia and broccoli for a mid-morning snack, turkey, spinach and sweet potato for lunch, salmon, more greens and maybe some rice for tea and casein (slow release protein powder) with a bowl of oats before bed. I ate that or a variation of that errrr-damn-day for weeks on end. I weight trained 5 times per week in the afternoon and did cardio every morning too. Some people find that kind of living easy but not me. I missed crisps, I missed wine, I missed having a social life and I REALLY missed Candy King at the movies! I learned so much on the journey though and one of those things was that you CAN eat and get LEAN! I ate a lot! Huge amounts of meat and carbs. My skin was always amazing and despite putting my body under a lot of duress, I never caught a cold or felt tired. It taught me how food really does treat you from the inside out. Would I like to be as lean as this now? Yeah, sure, why not? Am I willing to go back to that dark place and make all those sacrifices again? HELL NO! Total respect to those that do but… pizza and red wine and donuts! I do, however, still eat all that good food 80% of the time (70% more recently) but I enjoy the naughtier things when I want to too WITHOUT GUILT. With a photoshoot in just under 3 weeks, I'm reeling things in a bit to feel more confident on the shoot and look a little tighter. The reality is, even with training, I'm not gonna build a whole heap of muscle over the next few weeks so in order to look tighter, I've got to lose some fat and that means making a few sacrifices with my diet. Let's see what I can achieve!