To those of you, if any, that follow my log at all welcome. My name is Ian and I will be keeping this log in conjunction with my 12 weeks left (already gone through 4 un-logged) of dieting down for the West Coast Natural Classics in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have been reading so much on this forum and just felt nervous or, "unworthy" in a sense, to post, well that is changing
Background on me:
As I have said my name is Ian, and I am 17 years old. I have been lifting for 3 years now and this sport is my passion. Unfortunately, I grew up as a slightly heavier kid and got ridiculed for it. Without delving into too much detail, I developed an ED and worked out far to much for a long time, eventually ending in hospitalization. The ONLY reason I am letting this be known is too help explain my mindset and my unexpected physical despite three years training. Fr the past year or so I have added substantial weight onto my frame. This is all background for my following mindset:
I love this sport. Bodybuilding isn't just a hobby and I do it for no one else. I am not a typical teenager in this sense, I test myself and push myself and work as hard as I can in all aspects of life. Each workout I give everything I can and strive to improve. I live by the quote I heard from Layne Norton
"My goal when I come in here everyday is to make sure that if somebody beats me, its not because they outwork me." -Layne Norton
-I always work my hardest to succeed, and as long as I have done that I am happy with the results. I worked my rear end off to get a 99% average last year in school, and a 96 so far this year. The same applies to my fitness career, I have worked to improve myself and am only happy if I have done my best.
I am going into this contest for two reasons:
1) I have the utmost desire to gain experience in the sport I love
2) I want to prove to myself and my family, no one else, that I am in control of myself
I realize I may not be the biggest, or I may not be the most conditioned. Regardless, i will do whatever is necessary to bring myself t the stage and represent the sport as I can. I hope to track my progress, and get help from those valuable members on these boards.
This contest for me is an experience. I want to get as much experience as I can for future use. This isn't so much about placing, by which I mean I will work my hardest but I am not going to beat myself up regardless of place. I want to do this for me and my work will reflect in the outcome.
Again, thank you for any that choose to help or just follow along, I will answer any questions can and update when I am able to, I do have school (final year of high school) so my time is budgeted.
I will update with pictures, food and some stats a little later.
I'll start this off by saying I AM SO EXCITED I seriously cannot wait
edit: Almost forgot, here is a link to the competition: https://neutronsports.com/Westcoast10infopack.html