There is not one thing wrong with setting big goals for yourself. Why not? Goals keep you working hard, motivated, determined, focused, and excited! I set goals because I honestly feel that I'm the only one who can prevent myself from achieving them. I tell my clients weekly to set small, obtainable goals (short term), but those obtainable goals should lead to larger, long term goals as well.
In saying that, I will be competing in my first IFBB pro competition in September 2020 at the Ben Weider Natural Pro in Montreal, Quebec. Prep for this show will start October 1st, 2019. I am taking almost 1 year to get ready. Why? Because I want to win. Another reason why is because if I am blessed enough to win my division I will qualify for the Mr. Olympia Men's Physique Division in 2021. That is my larger, long term goal. The main reason I'm writing this blog (as I do most blogs) is to help drive, and motivate that one person in doing something they probably didn't think they could do. Another reason is because it motivates me. 1 year is a looooong time folks. Looking back at this blog will help keep me focused and remind my how I felt when I wrote it.
I'll be taking the first 5 months doing a clean bulk. Basically that is eating a lot of natural foods, but a lot of it, about 4000-5000 calories per day. Lifting heavy, while still doing about 2 days of light cardio per week. Goal is to get to 230lbs or so. The final 6 months I will be doing a slow leaning period. Trying to conserve as much muscle as possible. The ultimate goal is to be heavier (20+ pounds), but just as lean (or leaner) then the pic you see below when I won my pro card in August. I have so much work to do, with really not that much time in the eyes of men's physique competitions and really no room for error either, but I'm up for the challenge.
I am more motivated then ever to be the absolute best I can be on stage. Age means nothing to me. Just a few weeks ago Dexter "The Blade" Jackson graced the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding stage and took 4th place as a 50 year old!! Pounds of chicken, broccoli, sweet potato and eggs, cardio, heavy weights don't matter. Nothing, and I mean nothing compares to getting your name called on that stage!