Any athlete who’s had an off-season will know the struggle of flicking that switch and getting your head back in the game.

You’ve been able to eat out without weighing your food and counting every macro, you’ve caught up with friends and family for celebrations and let your hair down and you were able to have a slice of cake when it was someone’s birthday. But when the time comes to knuckle down and get your head back in the game, it’s easier said than done, right?

How did you treat your off season?

For many, getting back into a strict routine can be quite difficult.

It all stems from how you’ve treated your off-season as to how easily you can readjust. If you’ve done nothing but smash pizza, burgers and donuts on a daily basis, completely thrown out tracking your intake and haven’t seen the inside of a gym since you last prepped, then it’s safe to say you’re going to have a really hard time.

Image from @marias_fit_life on Instagram.

My off season

Those who have followed my progress since my last comp will have seen me let my hair down occasionally, but I’ve trained harder than I have in any prep prior (4 leg days per week, kill me now!) and continued to track my food following an 80/20 approach. I actually eat clean the majority of the time and track absolutely everything every day, but given that I work for a wine company the abundance of wine I get doesn’t do me any favours (although I do love it).

I’ve grown to love my lifestyle of keeping fit and strong and missing a day of gym is actually harder for me to do now. I’ve also kept myself accountable to my coach, fellow Bulk Nutrients Ambassador and WBFF Pro Alicia Gowans, which I think has played a huge part in avoiding a blow out. She’s put a strategic plan together to ensure the next time I get on stage I bring a completely different package.

I’m currently 12 weeks out from my WBFF debut in Sydney and 28 weeks out from WBFF Worlds in fabulous Las Vegas! To say I’m nervous is an understatement, but it’s the nerves, fear and excitement that are motivating me each and every day. I’ve made the call that my 80/20 approach is now out the window and it’s 100% prep from here on in!

Image from @marias_fit_life on Instagram.

How to get motivated again

So what are my top tips for getting back into the game after some time off to grow, rest and rejuvenate?

1. Make it known

Here I am telling the world that my prep has begun. Yes we should all be able to be accountable to ourselves, but making your goals known to your support network (partner, friends, family, work colleagues etc) gives us that little bit of extra accountability which can’t hurt, right?

2. Reflect

What worked and didn’t work last time? If you’re too tempted by social situations the first few weeks, maybe skip them and stay home. If you haven’t been able to get back into a regular gym routine rope in a friend to come along. Find the problem you encountered previously and proactively fix it rather than letting it happen again.

3. Focus on your goal

Why do you want it? What do you need to do to get there? Have you put a plan in place?

4. Track and measure your progress each week

Not just your body, but your habits and your mindset. Adjust things if you need to.

I’m so excited to share my journey to the WBFF stage with you all… Watch this space, it’s game time!

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Maria Bond

Maria Bond

Maria is a happily married mum of two who turned her life around after having kids - losing close to 40kgs!! Maria now lives a healthy lifestyle and enjoys competing in fitness/bodybuilding competitions. She has entered 6 comps to date and placed in every one, including a first-place finish in the Fitness Momma division at the ICN Australian Titles. She openly shares her weight loss tips & fitness journey through her Instagram @marias_fit_life

Maria's favourite Bulk Nutrients products are: Salted Caramel Thermowhey and Lemonade BCAA Recovery

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