The concept of shrinkage is an incredible phenomenon that I don’t think I’ll ever understand. And no…i’m not talking about the male version of shrinkage. That’s actually relatively entertaining….from my perspective anyway. I’m talking about how I feel when I’ve been out of the gym for a few days. It’s amazing how one or two days out of the gym makes me feel like my muscles are literally melting away. Fat cells start multiplying like crazy. Then they team up and wage war on my muscles for a mass take over. And that’s just what happens in a few days. Imagine how I feel being out of the gym for an entire week??
Yep, that’s me….one giant lump of mush….
I swear my love handles even feel bigger on the days that I don’t work out. How can that possibly happen? The craziest part is that I’ve actually lost a few pounds. So I can’t really be fatter right? Or is it that my muscles have decomposed and given way to twice as much fat? Yep….that’s how my mind works. I’m not sure if guys feel the same way, but I have talked with many women that have experienced this phenomenon. It’s brutal, let me tell ya.
Know what else is brutal? The giant swarm of bumble bees that have been living in my stomach for the last week. I can’t explain why I get so nervous for competitions, but I do. And I don’t think it’s something that will ever go away. I thought it would decrease with more experience, but now I realize that the experience just brings more pressure, new goals, higher PR’s…..aaaaaahhhhhh! I couldn’t sleep again last night so I found myself laying in bed thinking about my lifts. I kept going over them in my head and a few minutes in I realized that my heart was beating so hard….it felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest. It’s amazing how much adrenaline comes along with lifting. Just thinking about it had me about ready to have a heart attack. Thank goodness this meet is tomorrow. I think I would actually burst with anxiety if I had to wait any longer!
Anywho….I’ll try to post my results on Sunday. Here’s to new PR’s all around!!!