Sunday, December 14, 2008

On the Road to the Arnold Classic

Five months ago, I stepped off a stage in London, Ontario, completely devastated.

I didn't make the top three in my category at the provincials. My winning streak had come to a close.

As you can imagine, I was pretty distraught. I hadn't met my goals. I had let myself down.

Then, just when I was at my lowest, something brilliant happened. A letter arrived with news that shook my world: I was accepted to compete at the Arnold Classic in 2009.

In case you're new to the sport, the Arnold Classic is one of the biggest physique events in the world. It takes place every March in Columbus, Ohio, and I'll be right there, on stage with many of the figure competitors I admire.

Me at the Arnolds—I still can't believe it! This is BIG!

Unfortunately, so am I.

After falling short in London, I fell into a depressed slump—also known as the post-competition blues. I know I should be gaining a bit of weight in my off season, but I ate every cookie that came within a 10-foot radius of my mouth!

I stuck to my weight training and a reduced cardio regimen, but it wasn't enough to counterbalance my incessant off-season snacking.

I now have a journey ahead of me: I need to drop 30 pounds by March 1st.

So watch out, Columbus! Tomorrow the transformation begins.

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