Transparency post: and probably tmi, sorry guys, but we’re all adults here. like any female competitor i’m in the portion of prep where a lot of females lose their period. over the past 3 mos of low calories and lots of cardio, i swore this was the case. this week i found i was being so overly h*****n myself for not seeing the same progress i have over the past few weeks, i was so frustrated, so discouraged, and very stressed. i was looking so soft and was bloated out no where and this just added to the negative thoughts. in a matter of 24 hours i went from the left photo (a tad bloated) to the right (yes, my pants are too big for me rn). mother nature decided to make a visit out of the blue, and now i know why my body was doing what it was, that i was being h*****n myself for absolutely no reason, that i was stressing myself out over nothing. this year i’ve been focusing on going with the flow during prep and trusting the process, but even the most seasoned of athletes fall off their mental game every now and then. point of the story: your body knows what’s up, just trust the process and keep going. you’re going to have your bad days, even weeks, but in the end they will only be a blip on your journey. weight is not a constant, especially for females. don’t get discouraged. you got this, i got this, we all got this.