Do you think dieting for a contest is tough? Have you ever thought of how it affects the people around you? What about your family? Did you ever think how they must feel when we act selfish, grumpy, tired, and mean? What about when we’re constantly preparing our meals but don’t do anything for them? Or, what’s the effect on them when we always make time to go to the gym for a couple hours but say that we’re too busy to pick up the kids from practice? How about us always finding an excuse to not attend a wedding, birthday party, etc. because we are dieting and don’t want to be tempted by the bad foods?
I ask you these questions because at one time in my life I did all of the above. I remember how I was preparing for my first show. It was the year Heidi and I were engaged to be married. Looking back, I wonder why she even went through with it. Why would anyone want to be with someone that consistently puts themselves first?
Maybe there should be a required course for bodybuilders, “How to Build Your Family While You Build Your Physique”. I sure wish someone had taught me how to make bodybuilding and family work together 10-20 years ago. I used to think that bodybuilding was inherently a selfish sport. [Are You a Bodybuilder? Of Course, You Are Well, I guess we aren’t so weird after all..] Now I know different. It’s not the sport that’s selfish; it’s the people participating in the sport (and that included me) that can be selfish. Why? Because we haven’t been taught to achieve the proper balance between bodybuilding, pursuing our career, and most importantly, our family life. But I have good news. IT CAN BE DONE, and I’m going to SHOW YOU HOW TO DO IT!