Building muscle is the most time-consuming part of any competition. It can take years to get a good muscle base in order to compete. For my first competition, I trained hard and build muscle for a good 9-10 months before leaning out for the show. To build muscle, you need to be in a calorie surplus, albeit a small one. So it likely didn't hinder my goals that I was eating too much, but also weight training hard for quite awhile this time around. I have some extra fat to shed, but I believe the muscle base is mostly there.
I have about 20 weeks until the Northern Classic in June, if I chose to compete earlier. I ordered my shoes and started taking my diet plan a little more seriously. I'm basically sticking with my original diet plan, but tracking my macros and trying to somewhat merge them together. Worst case scenario, I won't get lean enough by that time (I'm not willing to go to extreme measures to drop the fat), and I'll do the show in November.
I also have a suit lined up that I will most likely buy. A friend is selling it for a very reasonable price.
I'm feeling quite optimistic about this idea at the moment. I am ready to start taking my diet and training more seriously again and get back into shape. It doesn't hurt that a good friend is getting married in July and I'd like to fit into a cute bridesmaid dress!
And so it begins!