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Keith Jones (A very proud dad!)
Dieting can be very hard for numerous reasons but one thing that was a huge struggle for me was trying to find a good balance of enjoying my life with family and friends while also staying on track during my bikini competition prep.My prep was extremely long, I actually started my meal plan in February (planning to compete in June) and well, plans changed and my show date got bumped to October so I was prepping for approximately 8 months. For those that are not familiar with a bikini prep .. it is extremely strict! A lot of lean proteins, complex carbs and tons of water… and don’t even think about a glass of wine on the weekends.. that was not happening!Bikini prep is very extreme and while not everyone is that strict while dieting for weight loss goals I thought it would be great to give you a few tips on how I overcame these obstacles and hopefully they can help you stay on track..
1. Stand your ground and believe in your goals
Not everyone will understand what or why you are doing, and why your food or alcohol intake is restricted and that’s okay. However one thing that really helped me was remembering that my long term goals are most important and that glass of wine will still be there when its my time to enjoy it.
2.Surround yourself with people who support you and your goals
I have been the victim of being made to feel guilty at times that I can not enjoy a huge dinner or desert and that was very hard for me. I don’t think these people always mean wrong, but If people in your life can’t understand that your health and fitness goals are important to you then maybe its time you surround yourself with others that appreciate your drive and motivation!
3. Eat before you go out
If you are going somewhere that you know there will be treats or foods you shouldn’t currently be having, eat before you leave your house! If you feel full before going out the temptation will be much easier to walk away from! Drinking lots of water will also have the same effect.
4. Food is not everything!
Food and alcohol is a very social thing these days and its easy to get caught up in that. During prep it really made me take step back and start appreciating the company with friends and family much more instead of making the food and drinks that focus of whatever event you may be attending. Like I said earlier the food and drinks will always be there when its your time to enjoy them!
Don’t let your lifestyle control the outcome of your health and fitness goals. Attend that event AND stay on track!
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