what it takes to make it

February 8th, 2013 Written By Mass Meltdown Mass Meltdown

written by Jennifer lussier, BC Canada
So we are now in week three of my pre-contest diet, and in the midst of all the things that are going on I am really learning and re-learning one thing… Organizing is king, followed closely by preparing ahead.

Waking up each day and taking each meal as it comes forces me to “re-decide” and need to be motivated too often. When I’m busy, when I’m lazy, when I’m angry or tired this re-decision does not go as well. The key (for me) seems not to be in recommitting to thinking proactively at every 3 hour interval… it’s in preparing for my entire day in the morning, when I am feeling fresh.

When my meals are planned out in advance, and PACKED in advanced, I relieve myself of the need to re-motivate myself. I am set; it’s grab and go. My 2 minute microwave session at lunch is way more efficient and appealing than the 5 minutes it would take to make that peanut butter and jam sandwich…

To make this even easier, I am cooking in bulk. 2x a week I cook all my meat, cut it up into cubes that can be easily weighed and throw them in the fridge. Eating, when I do it this way, has never been easier, and I do not cheat. I have a cooler, with enough icepacks to keep my food cool for 12 hours. I usually will pack one meal more than I think I will need.

I am finding my weakest moments (I have only cheated 2 days out of 17) were when I was out longer than I thought I would be, and did not pack extra food. This may or may not have caused a stop at the late night pizza by the slice joint…

Lessons learned so far:
• Cook in bulk, and store in an accessible manner.
• Pack all meals in the morning.
• Always bring an extra meal, or have a plan for an unforeseen longer outing.

Contest prep sure does teach you a lot about yourself… that’s for sure!!

Catch you next time! Happy Training!
Jenn

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