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A picture only tells you what you can see. We often never hear about what we can’t see.

Let’s go back to 2018 (photos below). I just finished a grueling 20-week comp prep and here I am on stage and placed 2nd in the swimsuit round. Woohoo

Physically feeling - sexy, confident, sassy & sense of accomplishment,

Energetically feeling - low vibe, depleted, hangry, running off adrenaline (aka flight mode) tired, exhausted, scared, & low self-worth

These were the types of things going through my mind

Why did I binge three weeks out

Why didn’t I train hard enough

Why didn’t I start earlier

I should have done more cardio

Now for anyone who has undertaken a serious fitness challenge or even comp prep know that towards the end of the race you have to dig deep and find something bigger than your why in order to stick it out to the end.

You are sleep-deprived, you’re hangry, and you’re running your tank on empty (calorie deficit) so you dig deep even deeper and push through. Because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the last 8 weeks of my prep, I would get up at 3:30am to be at the gym by 4am train for 1.5hrs and then head home, get myself and the kids ready for work/school. Dropped them off at before school care, drive 1hr to work, sit at a desk all day, drive the 1hr home, pick the kids up, have dinner, put the kids to bed, go back to the gym and finish training, home eat sleep by 11pm and repeat Mon-Fri.

Sounds amazing doesn’t 😕😂

If I knew what I did today, I would tell this younger Sammi, That once you get to a certain point in this process it becomes hard and uncomfortable because you are pushing your body to achieve something spectacular and you will want to quit.

The mind will play games on you, hello brain fog

You’ll get HANGRY, hello calorie deficit

You’ll be burnt out and be exhausted because you’re training like an athlete and still working full time and looking after a household at the same time.

You’ll always question if you have done enough, hello victim mentality

The process is also hard because your body is no longer in the same alignment as your energy. Your body is going one way and your energy is going the opposite.

I’m really selling this comp prep business aren’t I? Don’t get me wrong I loved my experience during comp prep, it taught me so much about myself and what I can actually do if I have the right mindset

But it is not all sunshine and rainbows? I mean so far I’ve only spoken about the pre-comp prep feelings. We haven’t even touched on the post comp prep feelings. That’s a whole new story.

Reiki is an amazing modality that I wished I had used during this process.

Reiki helps us realign our physical body with our energy source.

It helps to ground you and it helps to reconnect you with your heart.

It helps you to work through the emotions by bringing them to the surface so that you can work on them and release them, keeping you grounded and calm throughout the experience.

Reiki helps you to look at the self-doubt face on and realise that you are worthy of every bit of success.

I may not have known it then…

But I know it now! And I incorporate Reiki into my life every day by self-practice and via my Reiki Master.

And you can incorporate Reiki into your life too.

And if you haven’t done a comp prep before but you know exactly what I am talking about because you’ve felt all of these things. This is to let you know you are not alone. I am here for you and I’ve got you

After all, to feel physically & Energetically sexy at the same time is a whole lot of sexy!

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