Excalibur is now 6 weeks out and I am in the best shape I've been in. At the same time, I am starting to panic. Some personal issues in my life are starting to interfere with consistent training and nutrition. I have to re-focus myself and fast or I am going to let this slip away. That simply is not an option for me. These are the times that discipline followed without any thought is what I need.
I have been leaning down nicely and gaining muscle. I am looking much more ripped now than I did when I stepped on stage on April 14, 2012, yet I am 20 pounds heavier. That's thanks to the muscle I've built since April. I have worked hard at improving my physique in areas where it needs improvement. I am working certain body parts 3 times per week. I am pushing harder and harder–until this week!
This week I was not getting enough sleep. That lack of sleep took down my motivation levels tremendously. It is not something I have a lot of control over either. Just things on my mind that are keeping me from getting the job done. This is something that is very important to me and I will not allow myself to fail. I've come too far and my preparation coach has done too much work for me to allow failure to be an option.
I am now changing the way I am thinking about this. I am allowing myself to be OK with missing a couple of workouts in the past. I am not going to be OK with it going forward though. By changing my thinking and accepting that I've made some mistakes in the past week, I am giving myself permission to move forward. It will make a difference if I let it.
I am still training instinctively. I don't stick to a split anymore. I just train what needs training on a particular day, focusing on building lagging body parts. It works well. If you are tired of worrying about splits, give this method a try.