As many of you know I have been working on “cutting” since January 2010 – exactly a year ago this month. It’s been a long journey full of lots of wonderful wins and some not so wonderful plateaus, but I have been able to maintain motivation the whole way through and I am proud of myself for it.

When I first started my journey, I thought it was all about the weight. I just wanted to drop 30lbs of fat and be done – but I was so very wrong.

As I know I’ve mentioned before, this journey became more about self discovery and gaining control over my life, than it did about becoming a slimmer, smaller me,. This is exactly why my goals and aspirations have changed over time, and now I am approaching the next stage of my adventure – phase 2. 

About halfway through my journey I became intrigued by the notion of competing in figure. Why? Well 1 year ago, even the thought of me stepping on a stage in a two piece and being judged was my worst nightmare – but this is exactly why it became my best goal.

I realized that if I wanted to continue to reap the self discovery benefits of this journey, I needed to keep pushing myself beyond my mental limits. I needed a goal that would take me out of my comfort zone and teach me that I can face my biggest fears and I can be whatever I want to be. So my answer became training for figure.

So what is phase 2, you ask? Phase 2 of my journey is a whole lot of things, it’s:
- Focusing on lean muscle building and re-shaping my body, rather than dropping fat.
- Taking my strength and weight training abilities to another level.
- Preparing myself for my first figure competition.
- Pushing past the naysayers and doing something just for me. And,
- Taking a giant leap forward towards conquering one of my greatest fears by facing it dead on.

So over the next couple of months – starting around March of this year – you will notice that the focus of my content will begin to shift. Rather than listening to me speak about how the numbers on the scale are going down, I will be discussing how to make them go up (in a good way).  

My goals will be to build lean muscle while maintaining the lowest possible body fat %, and to balance out my physique in preparation for my first competition.

Stay tuned my friends! Stay tuned.

 
The other day I got a personal message on my bodyspace from Bodybuilding.com’s web content developer. He told me that I had been nominated as a transformation of the week and that they would like for me to send them the information required to feature me on their website. 

I was shocked. 

I mean, I had planned to eventually send in a submission, but I had never imagined that I would be nominated! What an honor. 

So, yesterday I sent in my final version and he let me know that they would be posting my article in 1-2 months time. 

I am excited beyond belief; this marks the beginning of me getting my story out into the world - the beginning of me inspiring others.

Anyways, stay tuned everyone! I will be posting the link as soon as I hear it has been posted. 

Thanks again for all of your support!

And as a quick update, I currently weigh in at 138lbs and about 23% BF. I am still working to get my BF% down by March 2011 and then I will begin my build. 

Looking forward to another new year, and reaching a whole slew of new goals!