I strongly agree with people feeling “high”. You know what I’m talking about? That sense where you feel unstoppable, elevated and genuinely happy – like your body is almost humming! It’s such an amazing feeling. When you’re high you sleep better, omit a positive aura and you gain a beautiful glow…and people notice!
Did I fail to mention I’m not talking about drug ‘highs’? Whoops! (hehehe).
I’m talking about the high you get when your body is functioning optimally. I’m talking about that natural high feeling when your body is functioning so well and efficient that you feel on top of the world!
The first time I felt this, believe it or not, was during contest preparation. Most people are probably thinking, “Uhhhh what? Everyone says contest prep makes you feel like crap?”…but it didn’t for me! Even with 4-hours of training a day, I felt fantastic! And I owe it all to my AMAZING coach, Tara from BodyAthletica.
Because of her real customization approach, I learned so much about MY body and what makes it happiest. Honestly, I didn’t realize how BANG ON she was about my body until after my competition, when I stopped supplementing and eating exactly how she had told me to for prep. That’s when I started to feel not-so-optimal again.
Yep, it kind of sucks that I back-tracked a bit. But in a way I’m happy I did.
If not, I wouldn’t have taken the time to really dissect myself and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Plus, I wouldn’t have really understood the all-important question of, “Why does this work for me?”
Taking a couple of steps backwards after contest probably worked in my favor though (interestingly enough). Since I had seen myself become a super fit freak (in a good way), I didn’t know what a “normal” “healthy” body felt like or looked like anymore. So, as much as I was saying, “Ok, now I just want to maintain a fit and healthy physique”…I didn’t know what that was anymore!!! Anything seemingly less than what I presented on stage felt like complete failure.
If I had stayed thinking that way, would my body have stayed “contest ready”? You can bet your bottom dollar it would have! (I am one driven, goal-oriented chick) But would I truly be “HEALTHY”?
Physically, yes – as I said, contest prep was the time in my life that I had that amazing high feeling because I was functioning at such an optimal level – but MENTALLY...hell no! I was living in a different world. A world where fit just wasn’t fit enough.
So, like I said, I’m sort of happy I rebounded. I watched myself get tired, retain water, lose focus, develop weak nails and gain body fat. This, not only reignited my fuel to figure out how to return to feeling amazing again, but it also allowed me to put on a little size so that I could repeat some of the shredding process and redevelop a visual understanding of what a “normal” “healthy” sustainable physique should look like. I’m back now, to understanding what “normal-fit” looks like!
It did come with a lot of trial and error though. I was desperately searching for what works. And the funny part is that I was still eating perfectly “clean” and exercising (just not 4 hours a day!)…yet I wasn’t shedding fat and my negative symptoms weren’t improving. It made no sense.
So I began hunting for Kristen’s best dietary lifestyle. And the perfect place to start was Tara’s contest prep meal and supplement plans.
Now I wasn’t about to enter into full contest preparation again…remember, I wanted something sustainable. And I also decided (on purpose) NOT to contact Tara. I decided it was important for me to learn WHY all by myself. It would have been easy to simply ask her questions and purchase a maintenance plan, but I wanted to take complete ownership for this. That’s always been the best way for me to stay on track.
That’s when I started re-researching the Keto lifestyle, the Paleo lifestyle and several of the supplements I had been taking during contest prep.
Well, low and behold, I’ve figured it out. I now OFFICIALLY understand what works for me. I’m back into almost all my clothes (with the exception of my size 5 shorts….how in the heck did I get an ass in those?) and I recently started feeling HIGH again!!! The trick? (Drum roll please...) A somewhat relaxed version of my contest prep diet!!!!!
…Ok, so, um…no surprise right? LOL
This time around though, it feels even sweeter! Yes, I already KNEW what I had to do (thanks to Tara), but this time I attempted to do it by myself and with a new intention. Now, I’m happy to say I’m mentally back on track, physically back on track and hormonally back on track (nails are strong and long!).
The truth is, many people think that maintaining your body will be really easy to do once you reach where you want to be. But I would argue the opposite. Maintaining has probably been my biggest obstacle to date. I’ve learned that I, Kristen Adamson, am an extremist. I can go ALL IN, no problem. I’ll take the leap, give it all I’ve got and reach the impossible. But when it comes to achieving the possible, practicing balance and taking things steady and slow…well, I struggle. But I’m well on my way now. And I am proud!
Here’s to feeling high, feeling healthy and feeling fit!