My last show was six years ago. After my 2002 show I got caught up in my career and didn’t place competing high enough on my priority list to make time for it. Although I wasn’t competing I still remained disciplined. During the past six years I’ve missed only a handful of workouts and have kept my diet consistent and clean. At the end of last summer I decided it was time to get back on stage. I was seriously considering competing in the fall, but then remembered the last time that I had given myself only 9 weeks to prepare. I finished 5th that time and didn’t want to repeat that experience. With this in mind, spring of 2008 was a better option and I am glad I was patient. I decided on a 16-week diet plan, with a goal of losing approximately 1 – 1.5 lbs / week. If all went according to plan I’d weigh 185 lbs at the show. I felt that this would be the perfect weight for me. I’d be lean enough, yet still hold enough mass, to be able to win the show. I took out my calendar and determined December 1st was the day I would start my pre-contest diet.