It sounds strict, but my one cheat meal per week means the world!

The most important thing I've learned along the way is you can't starve yourself to lose weight and build muscle. The body needs fuel, but it has to be the right kind of fuel. Eat more to build muscle. The more muscle you have will burn more fat and you will see the results.

Sept. 3, 2013

The hardest part of this journey, my "countdown to competition", is the diet!!! 

In eight weeks, I plan to get on stage in South Florida to take on a National Physique Committee competition. In front of a panel of judges, I will pose and be judged on symmetry and muscle development.

Success on the stage cannot be accomplished without a clean diet. For me, this is the biggest challenge. 

Right now at 7 a.m., I am in the middle of my fasting period of the day. I fast 16 hours and eat four to five times during an eight hour period. So, I have about six hours until I can take in calories and I am already hungry! Although, I know when I do eat, I will have more than enough food.

A lot of Local 10 viewers have been writing to me and asking how I find the time to do this.

Well to be honest, it is far from easy! The dedication it takes to accomplish this goal is tremendous. 

I've committed about 20 hours per week to competition preparation. That includes two to three hours per day of training and cardio. I'd say I spend about six hours per week on preparing my meals.

So how do I find the time in addition to a 40+ hour per week full time job? Well, I just make time!

If I have to, I wake  up at 1 a.m. (my shift starts at 3:30 a.m.) to do my morning cardio. If I can't drag myself out of bed that early, I hit the gym right after work, take a nap, then get back to the gym one more time. 

Here's why the food preparation is so important. When it's in tupperware, portioned out, and ready to go, you don't have to spend extra time during the week preparing anything. Just eat it and go! It leaves more time for you to get your work out in and do everything else your busy life requires.

So, to answer your question, we all have challenges and busy lives, but if you really want something bad enough you WILL make the time!

Please feel free to write to me at tbickham@wplg.com with any questions or words of encouragement! I would love that :)