Thanks to everyone for all the great comments on my last post. Reading it back now I sound a bit too whingey for my liking, but the point I was trying to make is that I hate being so restrictive to the point that I can’t have peas because I’m worried about their carb content.

It’s also extremely difficult to diet so obsessively when I’m lacking a clear end goal. This cut is not for a competition – it’s just for my crazy pleasure. While my last post was hard to write, this one is even harder: part of the reason I have relaxed my diet a little is due to some decisions I have recently made regarding competing.

I had originally planned to compete in Sydney in May 2012 but now that we plan on moving to London in March, that’s not going to happen. I initially thought I would find a competition in the UK to enter in June or July. It wasn’t until someone pointed it out in a comment on this very blog that I realised that plan might be somewhat challenging.

If I was to compete in June or July, I’d have to begin my diet in March – at the very latest. So in the middle of an international move, a career change, and the stress of my husband and I both searching for new jobs as well as new apartment I’m supposed to train like a madman and eat all my meals out of my purse?! I’m pretty mentally strong but I don’t think even I would stay sane during all that.

When Rob and I put together our list of pros and cons for moving, the deferral of my competition was a big  negative factor for me. I was really looking forward to competing in May with my friends around me for support. I have been training hard and dieting towards a clear goal and I had already begun counting down the months.

The more I think about, the more I think I will not compete in 2012 at all. While we are in the UK, we’re going to take as many European holidays as possible, and we already have three trips in mind for next year. There’s no way I’m going to Italy and not having pizza and gelato, or going to Spain and not having tapas and sangria. Nicole Wilkins might do that, but not me! At the time it might not be too hard but I absolutely think I would regret that decision down the track.

First stop: lunch in Paris!

The good news is that delaying my first competition will allow me more time to build size and therefore make my debut a lot stronger. My training goal is still to get on stage, but I just have to accept that it may not be in the next 12 months. Still, I can’t help feeling very sad that my plans are not going ahead.

I haven’t posted a recipe in forever, but that is the downside of dieting. The thought of eating any more chicken was making me gag, so I decided to whip up some turkey burgers this week. My taste buds are thanking me!

Turkey Burgers
Ingredients (makes six 100g portions):
500g turkey mince (you can also use chicken or lean beef mince)
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, grated
1 cup spinach, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion and carrot until softened and golden. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once cooled, mix well in a bowl with mince, spinach, parsley and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Form into patties and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow mixture to firm.

Fry over medium-high heat for approximately 3 minutes per side. I serve mine with a salad and sweet potato fries – yum!

Do you think I’ve made the right decision? Have you ever had to push back competition plans?

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