I thought I lacked the work ethic, the dedication, the determination.
Instead of grabbing my purse and a coffee and heading out the door to class, then work, I pack & bring this:
That is Max's grandmother's purse. Inside is a gigantic lunch box containing all of my meals for the day, a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter, and a shaker cup full of coffee.
Having all of my meals pre-planned down to the gram every day actually saves time, too. I don't have to add up macros or plan meals: I just pack my tupperware. Easy-peasy.
And if you doubt your ability to stick to a diet - if I can do it, anyone can do it. Besides, the results will keep you motivated and focused.
Max and I both always had this idea that prepping was absolute hell, almost unbearable, and made your entire life a struggle. I took the dive first, and when he saw how decent my experience has been this far, he decided to compete, too. Sure, it's hard, but everything in life is hard.
If you are like me and want to compete but are nervous, take my word for it and just go for it. You will be amazed by what you can do.
PS: I do not endorse competing for everyone. Those with a history of disordered eating or a propensity towards that type of activity/mindset should definitely be very, very cautious. For more on this topic, please see HLR's comment below! :)