What’s Next?

I’ve had sometime this week to reflect on competing in a physique contest and where to go from here. At present, I’m feeling pretty good, eating about 200 more calories a day and as far as training, it’s been a light week. I am not reverse dieting because I have no intention of bulking up, instead I am hanging out around 156 and establishing that weight as my new fat settling point. I will spend about six weeks powerlifting before going back to a hypertrophy and mobility routine. I will then get down to about 150 pounds and that will be my year round weight.

Next week I hope to have my first meal out, I’m thinking Greek food and wine with a good friend who also appreciates fine dining! I seem to have totally lost my taste for junk food, I’m not sure that my body could even process that crap anymore!

My sister and her husband are doing a 14 Day Baltic cruise out of London next year and they want me to join them. It’s sounds fun but they are going with another couple and I would be the odd one by myself.

I am planning a full month in Europe in 2020, doing a few days in Krakow, Poland to see where my Grandfather grew up and visit Auschwitz as well. I hope to go through Croatia and spend a couple of days there before moving on to Italy where I’ll rent an AirB&B for three weeks. I’ve done my share of cruises but nowadays the thought of being on a floating shopping mall with 4,000 tourists is not my idea of fun.

I guess that my idea of fun is village life in Italy. Picking up fresh food from the local market and cooking it myself. Evening walks on the beach then popping into a local eatery for wine 🍷 and food. In the mornings, I’ll be working on my book and enjoying a cappuccino and scone.

Hurry up and get here 2020!

The Day After

Much to my surprise I placed 3rd and walked away with a trophy! Also much to my surprise, I enjoyed being on stage, I had not expected that. I did mess up on my quarter turns, lost points for that however I nailed the mandatories and my routine. Physique wise, my abs, lower chest and quads should of been leaner and I probably spilled over with my carbs and lost some vascularity. I did not need the judges to tell me that I should of been leaner, I knew this heading in and was determined to have confidence and stage presence and the edge that goes with that.

At this point, it’s to early to say whether I will compete again but I am definitely going to continue to improve my physique. My heart wanted to get back to the gym today but my body is exhausted and I’m sore all over from holding poses. Taking a few days of from the gym and will go back to eating at maintenance.

Older folks like myself require strength training to maintain their type II fast twitch muscle fibers, so I always power lift a couple of cycles a year and so I’ll be doing 5x5s consisting of squats, deadlifts, bench presses and standing over head presses for six weeks before returning to hypertrophy (bodybuilding).

Mentally and emotionally I feel pretty spent right now but will soon be transitioning my mindset and focus from competitive training to writing fiction and learning Italian!

“May the 2nd half of 2018 be the plot twist you’ve been waiting for!”

Tomorrow’s the Day

Passed my polygraph yesterday! Going to do a 40 minute circuit session this morning, some posing practice and get my spay tan first coat. I’m down to 155 but I think that my stage weight is actually 150. Hard to imagine that I started at 220! Still, I’m going to go out there and have fun, I know that I can’t realistically complete against guys in their 40s. 💪🏼🏋🏻🍷

~ We live in a time ~

~ When paintings have no color, words don’t rhyme ~

~ So we search for kindred spirits, other souls that are not blind ~

3 Days Out

I took tomorrow and Friday off, have to bring my stress levels down. I think I’m ready for Saturday, going to go out there and have fun! Polygraph and haircut tomorrow, I’ll also do a 45 minute circuit workout. Friday is spray tan coat one, coat two is Saturday morning, I’ll be really dark. Definitely depleted but tomorrow and Friday I’ll get a little more carbs.

Sometimes our challenges are physical, other times they’re mental or emotional. Regardless, we must rise to the occasion because that’s who we are. Stay Strong!

“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

~ Socrates

The Tao of Al

Never keep a checklist of rights and wrongs or a ledger of what is owed to you.Honor your word.Pay your debts.You will know many people during your life, some will be friends, others will be very close friends and a few may even become your significant other. Value all relationships but guard your heart according. Not everyone should know your deepest darkest secrets, your dreams and desires.Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books.There are many things in life that you can not control, let them be. Prioritize your time and effort on the things and people that matter.Friends will come and go. Some will transition to acquaintances, some will disappear forever, some will drop in and out of your life. The song always remains the same for your closest friends who see you through thick and thin. Don’t let mixed signals fool you. Indecision is a decision.Never skip leg day!