First off I want to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The support I get from all of you is amazing and I wish you all the best over the next couple weeks! I’ll be dieting so no fun for me but you guys do it up for me and then leave me a FB message telling me how many drinks you had for me, lol.

Well, as many of you know, I started my contest diet a couple weeks ago with a new contest coach. Actually it’s my old contest coach, we just decided to team up again for this show. Chad (Nicholls) has very different methods from a lot of the other contest coaches, its not high carb, lots of cardio, its not, no carb, and lots of cardio. Chad’s system is actually like a carb cycling to the extreme, lol.

We just started a couple weeks ago and I am in full diet mode with OCD kicking and all. Once again I am back to the same fork, same spoon, same seat, same TV shows during all my meals (don’t worry I wash my dishes before each reuse

I guess I expected it to come but not this quickly, I wonder if it has anything to do with me eating 140g of carbs already. I’ve already lost a lot of my shit weight and now am slowly peeling off the more stubborn shit. One thing is for sure; Chad’s diets are hard. I worked with him for four years but didn’t even realize it, coming back to it I am finding it challenging but I’m killin it anyway!

As hard as Chad’s diets are I can say they work and hopefully this year with the added muscle and great conditioning I will finally have the look I have been striving for.

One thing I am extremely happy about is my strength has only dropped a little even with the low carb diet going on. I’m still squatting, barbell rowing and benching 405lbs relatively easily. I can feel it slowly getting harder and I know by the time I’m four weeks out I’ll have lost quite a bit of strength but I’m gonna keep tryin to kill it and not worry about the weight.

This week that feeling has hit me. Like other things it usually takes longer but it’s kicked in early this year. I feel like a machine … no, not in the bad ass voice, like I’M A MACHINE…more like, I’m just doing work. There isn’t any thinking any more. In the past I used to worry about this or that and stress about anything and everything about my prep. This year that switch has already been shut down. Wake up at the same time everyday, cardio same time everyday; eat at the same time every day. I’m just doing the work and living in the moment and at the end of the day I know if I’m on top of it all 100% I will have the result I’m looking for.

It’s easy to get caught up looking at this guys pics or that guys pics and getting yourself worked up. That mindset doesn’t live here anymore and any of you who compete or plan on competing, I promise you the faster you learn to lose that mentality the further you’ll go. Not only will you go further but you’ll also learn to enjoy life and the situation your in . . . no matter how hungry you are lol.

That’s all for week 9, as of Saturday I’ll have 8 weeks to go and that means shifting into another gear. Tanning, posing, tying up loose ends, leaving no stone unturned is how life will become. I have a few gears left to ramp up so no worries about me slowing down, my only goal this year is to make sure I look better than the year before. That is all any of us can strive for, continuous progression and at the end of the day, that is what’s going to leave you on top!

Sacrifice Without Regret, Fouad ‘Hoss’ Abiad