Time to trim down some, so putting pen to paper to keep myself honest, and keep moving forward. Ive tried the log bit before and simply didnt keep up with it, so Ill try to nail it down this time. Just coming off a bulk to try to salvage a trashed metabolism, and now would like to slowly lean myself down to 8%. Been to just under 12% per a bodpod test, but never gone lower.
Honestly as it stands today, the weight is a total guess. Had a "f#$% it" celebratory non-cal counting day yesterday, so water weight is up (didnt even step on the scale today of course). When I transitioned to my bulk those many weeks ago, the added carbs brought water weight up ~15lbs over a two week time frame, so the scale weight may change quickly initially.
Started lifting 2 years ago now I suppose. Wasnt smart enough to sort out the good information from the bad, and wasnt serious enough to do the legwork to start off on the right foot. Spent several months lifting with poor form, and without purpose or plan. Probably took me the first year to learn that nutrition was incredibly important, and that it had to be dialed in. Once I got things somewhat sorted out I picked up a food scale and over a few months went from ~200lbs and err... ~25%bf maybe, down to 150lbs at my lowest. I have tried most of the methods out there...keto, carb cycling, cal cycling, refeeds, etc. and have settled on a few principles I find work and believe to be legit.
Eat a balance of foods that fit in your macros to be able to enjoy goods, however try to focus on natural/organic foods for long term health and growth. Non-stop effort in the gym, with priority being placed on form and putting weight on the bar.
Yup. IIFIYM and IF'ing have been the way to go for me. Ill warn you though, likely to have lots of brofriendly foods in this log. During a cut I feel I get better bang for my buck on simple things like chicken, broccoli, rice, oats, etc. Not to mention its easy, quick, and convenient. That being said, I am a craft beer fiend, and recent discovered pop-tarts...so I try to keep things interesting. Ill do my best to keep a little food pron rolling. Also, Im likely to use this as a venting location, so be prepared for random commentary.
I intend to run through Scivation's TriPhase Training. Likely the 9 week version to start.
I do have a bodymedia fit core, so I will be flexing the cals some based on what the reports are. My work is fairly sedentary, so I intend to incorporate cardio right off the bat as not only have a I learned to enjoy running some, but I have found if kept in moderation that it actually aids in recovery vs impairing it. That being said, in the past I have made the mistake of being "that guy" that is at ~1500 cals, running his ass off every day, and not putting focus on where it should be...keeping lifts strong. Im thinking at this point slow and steady cut until spring. I will end this log when I can attach a bodpod report that is sub 8%bf, and would like to have it by the end of April.
Keep me honest, and maybe find some support from other posters. Honestly, life has really kicked me in the pills the past couple weeks, and the stance Im taking is to hunker down, focus on whats important, and do work.
"Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!
Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you!"
Thread: IrishPilot's Road To <8%