Post By Angela Rivard
Renee has asked me to write about a tough decision I made a few weeks ago. I feel that sharing my story may help others (even if it’s in the smallest way). So here it goes.
A couple of Sundays ago I was getting ready to pack up my son and head to the gym when something hit me; I was going to the gym for the sixth time that week and was feeling extremely sore from Saturday’s shoulder workout. I had been obsessing over my shoulders not being big enough that whole week, so had given it my all that Saturday.
As I was getting ready to leave, I asked myself if I had become a little addicted to competing in the fitness industry, for me the answer was a firm YES.
I was so caught up in it I had lost the sense of who I was and it was taking over. For those who have never competed in the fitness world, it may be difficult to understand why we put ourselves through this. For some it may be because we’re competitive or we have a goal, or even for self-assurance. Whatever it is, it can be difficult to stop all together.
I had been training for an upcoming show in May, so I had already been dieting for several weeks. Prior to this I had competed for pretty much the whole season last year. I was starting to doubt how healthy this actually was, so I decided to ask myself “Why am I putting myself through this?” Is it my competitive spirit or my addictive spirit taking over?” It’s was probably a combination of both, but I knew it was no longer healthy.
There’s an element that takes over whenever you’re prepping for a show – it consumes you. This may not be the case for everyone but for me, I was constantly thinking about the show day, my suit, when my next meal was going to be, where was I going to be at that meal time… So I finally made the decision to stop competing and simply live a healthy lifestyle as I had done in the past. This consisted of weight training, cardio and clean balanced eating.
Competing can be a lot of fun and the day of the show is so exciting and I would never discourage anyone who wants to get involved but beware and be smart. Another word of advice hire a coach/ trainer who is knowledgeable, caring and who’s looking out for your best interest (like my good friend/coach Renee Primeau, she’s absolutely wonderful)! Good luck to all and thank you for letting me share my story.
Angela is the wonderful one and is extremely smart and brave.
If it just doesn’t feel worth it to you anymore, if it’s causing more stress than enjoyment, if, when you really stop and think about it, it just doesn’t seem to make sense; it may be time to move on.