How much hard work, dedication, time and effort does it take to prepare for a competition? The answer to this is one simple question. How bad do you want it? Think about your answer... If you only want it a little bit then you will only put forth a little bit of effort and therefore only get a little bit of results. I want it BAD!!! So for me the answer is a whole lot!! It will take a whole lot of time, dedication and effort and even more hard work to be successful!! As you all know, I work in the oilfield industry which means 2 days off a month and approximately 80-85 hours a week. When you add that with 2-3 hours of meal prep a week and about 2 hours a day at the gym that means very little time for sleep and even less time to just sit and relax. Many of my co-workers told me I was crazy and the others told me they were impressed and inspired by my dedication. So how did I do stay disciplined on the road working so many hours? Would I do it again? I won't pretend this was an easy task or that I didn't fail at times instead I would rather focus on the fact that I kept going. That when I would fail, I would get back up again and push harder. My job requires me to live in and out of hotels and move to various towns, usually small towns. This makes it challenging to have everything prepared as we don't always know when or where we are going. In addition, I can usually bet on there not being a larger gym there (24 hour fitness, Anytime, etc) so I have to go find a new gym pretty much as soon as I get to town. Many of my co-workers thought I had become obsessed with fitness and had determined I had lost my mind as you can imagine construction workers don't eat healthy. Each week there are at least 3-4 home cooked meals brought in and usually some sort of dessert and I stood strong! I chewed my sugar-free gum and continued to eat out of my Tupperware!!! The easiest way I can advise to stay disciplined is to plan and over plan. I prepared my 6 meals for the day and brought them with me in my 6 Pack Bag even if I was going to be home to eat a couple of those meals. This allowed for no excuses when I had to work late or something came up. When I didn't feel like going to the gym after working 13 hours... I would think about how disappointed I would be when I woke up and hadn't gotten my workout in. It helps me that I am surrounded, via technology due to work, by people who are active. This helps to inspire to push me to a better and a more challenging workout each and every day. I would suggest writing out your plan for the week and making a point to over prepare. I use a few apps to help me stay on track as well: Paprika (a recipe app that allows me to add my meals and create an easy meal plan and grocery list) and Trainerize (a workout app that allows me to add my workouts via the website and access them on my phone while at the gym for tracking purposes.) These two apps alone have helped me greatly. I highly advise them. As to the question, would I do it again while working crazy hours? Absolutely. I am fortunate to have some time off to get a solid foundation but I will continue to strive for the best possible version of myself no matter how many hours I am working. I want this so very bad! So I will eat clean and train dirty each and every day! Create good habits by setting goals and reaching for them day after day. Every athlete and competitor out there has challenges that they could use as an excuse for why they cannot be stage ready, eat healthy or get in their workout. What sets the true athletes apart from those make excuses are just that... the excuses. Nothing will keep you from reaching your goal if you want it bad enough. You will find a way to stick to your plan if you just want it and work for it. So go ahead.. get to the gym and get in a hard workout. Workout for the soreness tomorrow, for the accomplishment of one more rep that last time, or whatever your motivation is. Find your motivation and remember on the days you want to quit. You CAN do this! Just remember, How bad do you want it?