So, hands up who enjoyed a great night out this weekend? Party? Cinema? Or just a meal out with friends? Most people would probably think nothing of doing this each and every weekend, probably more than once a week, but for those during prep life social outings can be the last thing on your mind! For example, have you ever been on a diet and you’ve eaten great all week, visited the gym loads, and then after just one night of partying felt like all that hard work was wasted and you’re back to square one again?! Well, unfortunately, for those during prep the difference is there are no allowances for this! And as your competition draws nearer, every day is an opportunity to improve but often with little built in tolerance for such ‘treats’. Most competitors and bodybuilders will be tucked up in bed as early as possible! Exhausted from training and early morning cardio coupled with low carb diets! Plus alcohol is practically a complete no-go and you rarely eat out so as not to compromise the prep progress to date. (God help you if you get invited to a family wedding!) So, just how do you maintain a social life and keep you and your friends happy during your prep? We caught up with Bex this week to find out!
Less than four weeks out now, it’s been a tough week. I’ve been working really long hours and having spent the weekend working away too it’s been hard to summon the energy needed to get through my daily cardio, training, work, posing and food prepping. I’ve only be getting on average 6 hours sleep a night and I can feel this starting to catch up on me now. I’ve never entered the world of ‘dieting’ before as I’ve always managed to maintain a healthy weight through eating a healthy varied diet and keeping active, but having now experienced the monotony of a prep diet I can honestly say that will power plays a huge part in sticking to it. As your body starts to shed more fat and eat into its reserves your energy can really dip and you start craving foods that before my prep I never even ate! I’ve never had a particularly sweet tooth but this week I’ve needed the odd cinnamon latte to kick my sweet cravings into touch and stop me straying off my diet. This weekend I had a much needed night out planned with my boyfriend and friends! We agreed to head to one of our favourite restaurants, (????????????). I offered to drive, well, seeing as I wouldn’t be drinking I figured it was only fair! I was really looking forward to eating out, plus it was a meal I wouldn’t have to cook which, after all my meal prepping of late, felt like a big treat. Eating out when you are trying to stick to certain foods can be tricky, but opting for a salad to start and pan fried fish and veg for the main course meant I didn’t deviate at all from the foods on my diet. Don’t get me wrong, the next time I eat out after my competition I’ll be tucking into the dessert as much as the next person, but , for the time being I was just pleased to get out for the night and have a great time catching up with friends without worrying I’d completely messed up my prep.