Some people choose the road less traveled, others have it thrush upon them. I suppose both of these are true of me. In the case of my training, I jumped off the beaten path long ago. Case and point, the bulk of my pre-contest training is with a 36 Kg kettlebell. That might be slightly out of the norm. The road less traveled with my diet though, was more or less thrush upon me by the frustration of trying to do it using the traditional methods. Eat clean, do lots of cardio, and the less you cheat the better. I knew there had to be a better way, but I didn't know what that better way was until a couple of days ago.
I bought into the popular belief that in order to get extremely lean, you have to follow an extreme diet. So just like everyone else I've read about who wins one of these shows, I was determined to get on a super clean pre-contest diet. Following such a diet is stressful to put it mildly. The slightest deviation from such a diet would cause me even more stress. This unnatural focus on the importance of food, caused me to exalt food above my God. I realize now that I was setting up food as a high thing above the knowledge of God. (See 2 Corinthians 10:5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2010:5&version=NKJV)
Now I constantly affirm my believe that God has more to do with how lean I get, rather than what I eat or don't eat. God's got this, so I've stopped getting on the scale and weighing myself every day. I'm still pretty much following the same diet I was a few days ago. The difference is that now I don't sweat the little deviations here and there like I had been doing. So it looks like I'm off the beaten path once again. "According to your faith, so will it be done to you" (Matthew 9:28-29 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%209:28-29&version=NIV1984).
I knew this, but for some reason I was a little slow in applying it to my diet, but I got it. FI-NAL-LY! Sing it for me Ce Ce.