The feeling that I used to experience a lot prior to most of my Judo competitions, which is one of the reasons I took a huge step back from it and switched to weightlifting in the first place.
There are a lot of other reasons that contributed to my early retirement from judo, but having a genuine feeling of fear before competition didn't help. Not just being scared of the competition but I would get an overwhelming feeling of failure, partly due to my awful relationship with food and the weight cuts I used to endure. Mainly being scared that I wouldn't make the weight class and becoming a let down to both me and my coach.
(picture of me at the peak of my mental
struggles and maximum leanness)
Having these similar feelings creep back for weightlifting worried me because I had thought that I had overcame that issue back in 2017. Obviously the issue is still there but is not as prominent as before and can easily be put back in its box with the right mindset and coaching.
Luckily for me my coach picked up on this and switched up my training. Had almost a whole week off full lifts with just 2 weeks until the English and it couldn't have worked better for me.
With a fresh mindset on competing and a fresh body, I was ready to smash the last phase of the taper - PEAK WEEK!
Having the opportunity to train at Performance Ground for the first time allowed me to hit some decent numbers before dialing back the intensity and reducing the weights for the final taper week.
Hitting some relatively decent numbers in the last heavy session without it feeling too heavy gave me a massive boost of confidence and made me think "I really can do this!". All worries of competing almost vanished.
Being an over thinker, its easy for me to get hung up thinking of all possible scenarios before a big event but luckily for me, I was so busy at work during the final week, I had almost forgotten that I was competing on the weekend. This helped the final week fly by and all I had to worry about was getting down to my weight class.
Weight cuts have always been an issue for me, mainly because I'm pretty lean anyway and I put on weight really easily. This is great for building muscle, but not so much for trying to cut down to a weight class.
Cutting 2-3 kg is a lot more do-able now for weightlifting compared with when I used to cut for Judo. Reason being is that I would be competing multiple times a month and sometimes twice on the same weekend for Judo and this resulted in extreme yo-yo dieting and eventually gave me a binge eating disorder.
For weightlifting its much easier as I compete maximum 6 times a year and often have a 6-8 week build up before competition when I would start my cut.
For the English I ended up fitting my cut in around 4 weeks due to Christmas festivities/ my birthday and the excessive amounts of food available. But we got there in the end and weighed in at 54.9 on the morning of the 19th January, feeling rather dehydrated having water cut around 1.5 kg in the final week.
Using re-hydration sachets after weighing in is essential to allow your body to reabsorb as much of the lost electrolytes as possible. For me its stopped my legs from cramping up due to the lack of water and by the time I was ready to compete my body had almost made a full recovery from the lack of water it had been receiving over the last 24 hours.
As competitions go, it is probably my most successful one yet, securing a silver medal and as a result ranking 2nd in the UK for my weight class.
1. line an spring-form tin with non-stick baking parchment.
2. Melt the spread coconut oil and butter in the microwave for 1 minute
3. Put the biscuits in a seal able food bag, bash into fine crumbs and tip into a bowl. Pour in the melted oil and butter stir well and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin to cover the base, pressing down evenly. Put in fridge to set for 1 hour
4. Mix the milk, raw cacao powder and coffee granules in a jug and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add the gelatin sachet to the milk and whisk until dissolved.
5. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
6. Whisk the quark, yogurt, sweetener and cooled milk using a hand whisk and pour on to the biscuit base. Chill for 3 hours.
7. Remove from fridge and carefully take out of the tin. Add cacao nibbles and cacao powder to decorate
At around £3 for a 60g bag they sound expensive, but trust me you will easily get 6 servings out of one bag as you only need a few to feel satisfied.
Choc Chick pride themselves in creating products that are ethically sourced and help to give back to the locals who grow produce the cacao beans.
10/10 would recommend any of their products to anyone! Amazing quality, super versatile and share the same ethical values as me towards farming and giving back to the system.
Sometimes the store bought ones are just that bit too expensive, especially when its coming to the end of the month and you are due a pay check.
These bad boys work out to around £0.60 per bar and can last for around 7-10 days in the fridge!
EASIEST PROTEIN BARS MADE IN 5 MINUTES 🔝
1. Whey protein I used Idealfit UK whey protein in chocolate mint flavour.
2. Nut butter of choice
(Coconut oil if the mixture is a bit too thick)
Add 2-3 scoops of whey into a bowl
Add the 2 tbs of nut butter and mix well
Splash in some milk until the mixture becomes thick, a little crumbly and sticky.
(if it's still too thick add a dollop of coconut oil)
Transfer mixture to parchment paper and roll out until you reach the bars desired thickness.
Place in fridge for an hour then cut into bars.
(These bars should be kept in the fridge until day of consumption)
All measurements are rough and the quantity of each ingredient changes until desired consistency is reached.