Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Post Comp Struggles

Just read Lia and Charlotte's post about the truth about what competitiors go through post comp. Interesting read, I wish I had of read about it before my first comp.
Having cut down three times now I have learnt from my previous experiences and have tried to put a plan into place. I am still following this plan, it's not that difficult to put a plan together and follow it......but....I still get the phychological negative thoughts tring to creep i every now and again and this is the part I am trying to stay on top of, this is the challange. I think it comes with the change over of pre-comp thinking to post comp thinking.

Your brain needs time to catch up with reality in many ways. After weeks and weeks of focusing on one thing 24/7 then for it to end overnight your brain just can't switch over that easily.

Back when my first comp ended I was a complete mess, I have no problem admitting to that, I hated what I went through. I felt so lost and so frightened. After going through this I threw myself into another comp prep, this had me back on course again and feeling better. Once I felt better and during the course of my second prep I put a plan together not to go down that post comp blackhole again.
After the Female Fusion I followed my plan and really had no problems. I was on a high from my first win so my state of mind was positive and I think this is important. But then I found myself going into comp prep again and heading toward the Nationals.

Now post Nationals i'm on a high and feeling positive, i'm following my plan and im happy with my progress. But this time I know I won't be jumping back into another prep straight away. I really need to give my body a rest and will try to maintain a healthy weight throughout the year. My health is more important then my self image, I have already been down that track and know the terrible side effects from not eating properly.

We sacrifice way to much for a sport that really doesn't give that much back.

Luckily we here have made many friends and are able to support one another through comp prep and post comp. I cherish the friendships I have made from blogging and competing, I have meet the most incredible people since taking up this sport.
If I didn't have the support I have here after my first prep...well...I hate to think how much longer I would have been in that black hole.

10 Comments:

Blogger Melanie said...

Hey Deb,

I'm glad to see someone with such a positive outlook on the post-comp stuff.

I remember back to the abbf days when you won the 12 week challenge- I think you have gone full steam ahead since then, your last lot of comp pics were absolutely amazing! I hope I can look half as good when I *finally* reach my damn comp goals!

Melanie

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, I wish more competitors would open up and share their experiences. :o)

3:35 PM  
Blogger Splice said...

Gosh my twelve week challenge has been on my mind a fair bit lately, I guess I have been reflecting on how far I have come and how much i have changed over the year and a half.
Good luck with your goals Melanie. Are you going to start a blog? I would love to follow your progress.
Thanks for your comments.
Deb

3:41 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Yep, I have just reopened my blog to public. Stop by sometime if you want :)

4:59 PM  
Blogger Splice said...

Melanie,
I can't find my way to your blog. I click on your name and end up at your profile but then i can't see your blog to click on. I might need a link, hoping i'm not just having a blond moment lol

5:15 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oppsies :) Didnt realise I had to add the link to my profile, lol, I think I am the one having the blonde moment! Lol

5:23 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I'm hearing ya babes! xo

7:13 PM  
Blogger Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Deb, I enjoyed reading your post. I agree with you about your brain needing to catch up. I keep thinking and planning for next year's show (even though it's 11 months away) instead of giving my mind and body a break - something I'll need to add into my next post-comp plan, LOL

7:13 PM  
Blogger Splice said...

Hey Charlotte!
I don't think it's a problem focusing on your next comp even if it's 11 months away. In fact, I think it's better to have something to focus on, that's exactly what i'm doing and it means there is a path to follow, I don't feel "lost".

Alicia, your looking amazing honey :-)

8:41 PM  
Blogger Claudine said...

Very good post! As I am going for my 1st comp in 12 days, its important to also know what will happen after!!! Is there really a life after comp? hahah

Your next goal is awsome and the months in between will do you body good.

Thanks! XXX

11:17 PM  

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