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Hey Guys,

My brother just sent me an email with this cool video. Although it’s not fitness or food related, it’s still pretty cool never the less and makes you think.

We treat animals so cruel in this world because they cannot “speak” like human beings, but that doesn’t make it right.

Animal cruelty is wrong and doing “test” on them is quite a touchy subject (one which we won’t get into at this time)

When you think, 98% of the population eat “DEAD ANIMAL FLESH” (including myself). It’s even worst when you think that most of the animals are being fed chemicals and hormones for bigger and faster growth (Call it Steroids if you will)

We have been grown up to eat meat aka “DEAD ANIMAL FLESH”, but the more conscious I become, the more I think about my everyday actions (including what I eat).

I’ve now taken it upon myself to move towards a more healthier way of eating (cutting down/out meat)…

But damn it feels hard!

I enjoy eating BBQ chicken, glazed ribs, mixed grills etc – But for the love of the animals and for my own health, I must think consciously about what I put into my temple aka my body.

Today is a random post but I hope you take something from it anyway 🙂

There was no “Quote of the Week” this week as I switched it up on Monday and gave you some motivation and a video instead but QOTW will always live and will be back next week 😀

Anyway guys, I’m out…

Catch y’all soon….

PEACE

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What’s good people,

I hope everyone’s well.

I first want to say a massive thank you to everyone that’s reached out and supported me on my journey so far. From the start of the blog to the start of the body transformation in January, to start of this completion prep, it’s all been joyous experience and I’ve loved sharing every bit of it with you.

Introduction

At the start of the year, I had intention whatsoever to compete and step on stage.

In fact, I had no intention of even dropping my bodyfat which was at the time sitting at around 20%. As most of you know, I dislocated my shoulder back in December and was out of the gym feeling sorry for myself.

The Christmas season was the perfect time to eat and make excuses. I went on the “See Food Diet 2.0” whereby you see it, you eat it LOL.

I ate anything and everything I wanted and at the time I was actually enjoying it.

You name it – Ice-cream, Hargandarz strawberry and cheese cake being my favourite 🙂

Mince pies, Chinese platters with the little duck rolls and that beautiful tasting peaking sauce 🙂

~Baileys, rum cake, jerk chicken~

Trust me, I was going for it hard LOL.

But a combination of no gym and the “See Food Diet 2.0” soon had a guy looking tubby around the waist and out of shape.

Still at this point I hadn’t thought to slow down until my gym put together this body transformation competition where you had 12 weeks to transform your body to the best of your abilty. I knew that by entering I would have the motivation to stop feeling sorry for myself and have a goal in place to work towards. Being goal orientated, I signed up and it was history…

Cut a long story short, I grinded hard and I won. Why do I tell you this?

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Body Transformation – New Winner Poster

I tell you this because, around the time of winning the body transformation contest was around the time I first heard about the WBFF European  Chaapionships coming to the UK. I also had a holiday booked for July and knew that I was going to continue cutting to further my progress and bring through my abs a bit more.

That’s when the thought entered my head:

“David, why don’t you enter the show – You’ve always wanted to compete. Prove to yourself that you can do it. What bigger motivator do you need?”

But I left it at that, just a thought…

Weeks passed and it played on my mind. I’d check Facebook and see guy’s competing and/or getting ready for a show and my soul wanted a piece of the action and wouldn’t let me rest.

I mentioned it to a few people and more or less everyone said I should go for it.

The consensus was that I diet and train hard so why not just go for it.

“Full throttle, no looking back”

I knew that if I entered and told everyone that I was competing, there would be no going back.

I mean, how could there be any going back?

I would look like a fool. Even worst, a man that doesn’t keep his word. And I am a man of my words (Well I try LOL)

After self doubt, self talk and self analysis – I registered for the show. £190 was paid to enter and the word was out:

“David is competing on the 9th November at the Indigo2 at the WBFF Show”

More self doubt enters and self talk begins:

“Snap – I’ve done it? I can’t do this! What was I thinking? What am I thinking? I’m not cut out for this. Maybe I can fly to America and everyone will forget if I pull out…”

That’s where the journey begun and it was time to get serious…

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The Prep

Firstly, for those who don’t know – In the bodybuiding/fitness game, when competitors are getting ready for a show, they go through a process called a “prep” wherby the undergo a strict training & eating regime for a number of weeks to bring their physique close perfection. This usually involves weeks of no chocolate, sweets, cakes, crisp, alcohol and all of lifes little treasures. You basically deprive yourself of the things you cheekiliy love to eat in order to look perfect for that special day LOL. Yes, I too ask why I do it sometimes HA.

Anyhoo, a competion prep can last any where between 12-20 weeks to even a year depending on the competiotors physique, the show they’re entering and a number of different factors.

My competition prep was a continuation from the body transformation in January at the start of this year. So I’ve basically been dieting since January…

Don’t worry, I plan to go on the “See Food Diet 3.0” real soon LOL – Only joking. That would be some Man vs Food type of eating going on over here I tell you LOL.

Anyway, where was I…

Prep!

It was time to bring my A game like never before. I knew that I was going to be stepping on stage with some of Europe’s finest athletes. I knew that I had to go harder than ever before. In my mind, I knew that if I was going to even stand a chance, I’d have to get uncomforatable, real uncomfortable.

“I’ve have to step out my comfort zone”

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In a short number of weeks I’d have to learn how to pose like a pro, learn to model a suit on the cat walk, learn how to tense my whole body and look as if it’s even close to comfortable, learn to smile whilst not looking awrward and have the confidence to step out in front of 1800 people in nothing but my yellow underwear and my afro…

” No tuning back now Davey boy”

Thoughts

This competion was more than than coming first place for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t training for 2nd place or anything like that LOL – But on a deeper level though, I was facing some real demons…Let me explain.

As I posted on Facebook last week – Around some time back in 2008 I used to do a bit of acting. I was going to this drama group and we had a production coming on. ON the morning of the show, I allowed fear and aniexty to consume me and pulled out of the show. I let everyone down including myself.  I didn’t even call to say I wasn’t turning up. Even worst, I was starting the show…

I’ve lived with that demon since 2008 but have now forgiven myself for that sutuation and learnt from the experience.

But within that still was the underlying fear of stepping in front of people on a stage like setting.

Where did this fear come from I’ve always asked myself. I’ve never been a shy person and I like to think that I’m confident. So what was up??? I have some digging to do…

Little did I know that the 08 stage incident would lead to face my fears 5 years later stepping in front of a MUCH larger audience and a more intense setting. It was divine intention that I went down the path of what I thought was failure and to have the ability to share my story with you today.

This is my why I am able to open heartedly make a statement such as:

“Everything happens for a reason” – and actually aceept it as my personal truth. Because that’ is all my life has ever been. Going through experiences and learning from them.

That is all life is:

“Going through experiences – Finding the joy in them – Learning from them and becoming a better person while helping others” –

That is the philosophy that I have found truth in and I invite you to explore my truth.

On my journey preparing for this show I have learnt so much about my body.

Where to begin?

Flexibility – I never realised how tight I was in certain areas of my body until trying to hit some stage poses. My whole body was/is tight and is currently something I’m working on.

In life everything is balance. Bodybuilding shortens the muscle. It makes sense to then to an activity which focuses on stretching the muscle; such as Yoga.

Through my awareness about my flexibility, I can now help others by educating them on the importance of stretching and taking more care of their bodies. Like I posted a few weeks back, whether you train or not, stretching is a vital way to help alleviate tension and tightness within the body which can lead to bad posture, head aches and even depression – Don’t believe me though, go research!

Along my journey I have met so many great people. From going to the posing camp and meeting with first timers like myself to being back stage with amateurs and veterans in the game.

Me and some athletes before stepping on stage. What great guys.

Me and some athletes before stepping on stage. What great guys.

Inspiring people – I never EVER thought of myself as an inspiration to other people. I’ve always been hunble and modest, so to hear people call me an inspiration or say that I’ve helped them in some way or over come this or that – It still amazes me to this very day and I believe it will continue to do so.

I think the reason why people find my story so inspiring is because I’ve shared my true feelings with you all from day one. I’ve posted my goals and dreams and followed through to see them come through. I’ve shared my set backs and heart aches and through doing this I believe people see that we’re not so different. In fact, where all the same.

By recognising this, you recognise that if I can do it, SO CAN YOU…

I live my dreams so you can live yours. Why do I say this?

Because, people talk to me about their goals and aspirations as if it could never happen in this life time and it upsets me because if only they knew that they could live the life they wanted and manifest their dreams in this current reality by applying themselves.

I don’t want to get too off track here, but what I am trying to say is that:

“YOU CAN DO IT”

Do what exactly?

Do what ever it is you want to do provding your willing to work at it and give it whatever it takes. Knowing that by applying some basic principles over a period of time that it is yours for the taking.

~I’m living my dreams – Literally~

Whilst back stage I was surrounded by the most beautiful females in bikini’s. I felt like I had made it LMAO.

I stepped on stage and had girl’s screaming my name – Girls that I never even knew. I felt famous.

I exceeded my dreams!

Napoleon Hill taught us:

“What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve”

The guy wasn’t lying – I visualised being on stage and doing my thing and I manifested that very same exact thought here on this physical plane. Remember, you and I aren’t so different…

I feel like I’ve started something new here. I don’t know what yet exactly, but my 6th sense/intuition which is pretty strong right now is feeling pretty darn good 😀

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Stage Time

I forgot my routine!

The bright lights! Thousand’s of people! The judges! The camera’s! Me! My afro! And time to rock the show!

It’s funny because my nerves transformed into impulses of excitement at the very moment I stepped out on stage – My mind went blank that’s all LOL.

I somehow managed to strike all my poses just before hitting them though and it went down very well 😀

I didn’t place 10 but when I left I had my whole family telling me I done then proud, so that made me feel good.

The Training & Diet

Although I maintained clean eating throughout the prep, at 10 weeks out from the show I increased my carbohydrates as to ensure I didn’t look to small on the stage. It worked! I wasn’t the biggest guy there but I sure held my own.

An example of what I ate day to day would look as follows:

Wake – Black Cofee

Gym – AM Cardio 30 -45 mins

Meal 1 – Protein Shake (40g) & Oats (55g)

Meal 2 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (100g)

Gym – Y3T (Google this training method – I will get into it another time)

Meal 3 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (50g) Broccoli

Meal 4 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Sweet Potatoe (50g) Broccoli

Meal 5 – Turkey Breast (150g) & Brown Rice (50g)

Meal 6/Bed – Protein Shake (40g) & Tbsp Coconut Oil (Slow digesting fats – Another topic)

Routine

M- Arms/PM Cardio

T – Hamstrings

W -Back & Shoulders/PM Cardio

T- Rest

F- Chest/ PM Cardio

S – Quads

S- Rest

Abs were trained everyday, but the ab routine is so sacred I’m not sure I’m ready to give it out just yet LOL. For actual exercises performed, send me a an email and I’ll gladly share it with you.

Tips for First Times

  1. Prepare your mind for the journey. Prepare with what resources you have and you have won half the battle
  2. Don’t be to hard on yourself
  3. Stick to your diet and keep strong – Times of weakness will be upon you. But as step one states, be prepared for what will and may come.
  4. Enjoy it – The process of training & dieting, to being on stage to the aftermath, feedback and what feels like a little fame.
  5. Never compare yourself to other competitors. I could write a post on this subject alone. Whether you compete or not, never compare yourself to others! Remember, you are your own competitor. Compete against yourself to be the best and to do better than yesterday.
  6. Look at the bigger picture – It is all a learning process. The learning of self, your weaknesses and strengths.
  7. Sportsman ship – Never be a lousy looser. Be happy for the next man and the hard work he/she put in. For when you are in their position, you would not want that hate and negativity directed your way.
  8. Be critical of yourself – Being hard on yourself and being critical are two separate entities. Being critical for example is knowing what weak areas you need to work on. Being hard is self talk along the lines of “If only I had trained my abs harder and not been so lazy”
  9. Tell the world your competing – Share with the world that you’re going to show of all your hard work on stage… Unless you want to leave it a surprise of course 😉
  10. Practice posing and tensing like there is no tomorrow. Practice like no ones business. (Ladies, I’m not sure if you have to worry about the tensing part here LOL)

And remember –  It’s all one big game to be enjoyed.

Conclusion

I am a winner.

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Number One Baby

From what has come from all this, I may not have been awarded a trophy for first place, or walked away with a PRO card but at heart, I genuinely feel like a winner.

I’m accepting the hard work that I’ve put in and the life’s that I’ve touched – I am finally accepting it.

What does being a winner even mean anyway – Is it simply just a state of mind?

I say go for it – Go for what?

“GO FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING”

Write it down on a piece of paper, stick it on your wall, look at it everyday and just go for it. No talking, no procrastinating, no thinking, no blinking. Just go for it.

I feel like I could type forever – It’s like me not blogging from my heart for a while makes me realise just how much I love it.

Whether you read the whole blog, just read the tips, or stared over the pics lol – I appreciate you being here.

I’M BACK BABY 😀

2014 is around the corner and it’s only right we step our game up and take things to the next level. Stick with me and we can all reach that next level together. WHY?

~BECAUSE TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK~

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

We just getting started baby.

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Hey Guys,

This is just a quick thank you to those that are following, liking and showing me love. I’m just a normal guy like everyone else who decided to make a website based around life & fitness (the two things I love) and it seems to be doing really well (better than I anticipated to be honest). I’m motivated even more knowing that there is an interest in what I have to say and that people actually like reading what I write 🙂

I’m so busy these days but I refuse to let that stop me from doing what I love. I will continue to learn so I can continue to educate.

Thanks to everyone following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Thank you if you are reading this right now…I’m just getting started!

Much Love