There are going to be times that you will feel like the odd man out- you will be the subject of conversation because of your diet. There will be times that you will have to defend your position as to why you are putting your heart and soul into a competition when the only payout is a small trophy. There will be times that someone will lack a filter and say something that will make you doubt yourself or question the direction you are going. There are going to be moments of uncertainty- the scale may stop moving and sometimes even go in the wrong direction. There are going to be times you will feel guilty- you will feel as though you are somehow being selfish by choosing to be healthy and you may lack support from those you thought would be your biggest cheerleaders. There are going to be times when you will compare yourself to others- you will wonder why you aren’t progressing as quickly, getting the same kind of results, or what they are doing that you aren’t. There are going to be times when you will feel like you are always one step behind, climbing a mountain, or chasing a dream. It is in these moments- these times of weakness and self-doubt that you block the noise out; you refuse to quit and you look at yourself in the mirror and say two little-yet incredibly powerful words… watch me!
By Brooke Erickson IFBB Pro
Starting weight: 174.6 Current weight: 169.2