And, even more surprising, while I was off diet the entire week (I didn't want to stress out if I couldn't get a fillet of tuna at 2 pm), once I got back home and got back on diet, all water weight and bloat that has been plaguing me these last few weeks immediately disappeared.
While diet fell somewhat by the wayside for the week, I did workout everyday and actually learned to enjoy the gym again. I started seeing results from my workouts too. I also decided to compete again.
It's amazing how something as simple as relaxing can actually renew the body.