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    Cut from 45%+ bf to 10%. started Jan 2013 and ongoing.. thread started at 25%

    I started losing weight in december or january, around 300 lbs and ~45% bf Now I am 240 lbs and 25% bf, and I am going to cut to 10% or below, depending on how I look. My goal is to weight train suffiiciently and eat enough protein that I don't lose any lean body mass, of which I should have ~180 lbs right now. This means I should weigh approximately 200 lbs at 10% body fat, which I suppose makes me a big boy considering I've really only been lifting weights at all since maybe April or May (this time, anyway).

    I decided to create this thread to keep a meticulous log of my daily nutrition and exercise, so I will have a convenient record of what I've been doing if for whatever reason the cut doesn't work as planned. The reason I even really joined the forum (i've been a lurker since maybe july, doing the kris gethin 12 week program (as well as I can), is that I've been plateaued losing fat and gaining strength for about a month, despite lifting and eating a lot of protein (and obviously too many cals in general). I'm now incorporating hill sprints, treadmill elevation jogging, and regular running into my daily life slowly.


    Oct 19th 2013 - weigh in @ 240.6 lbs

    Food
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    raw oats - 65 calories
    1/2 can pink salmon - 315 cals
    chickpeas - 650 cals
    carrots - 50 cals
    almonds - 150 cals
    footlong subway oven roasted chicken breast on whole wheat, with cheese - 740 cals
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    2000 calories


    Exercise
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    walked 2.5 miles
    did half of kris gethin workout (50/40/30/20/10 DB bench and row @ 40,45,50,55, 80 lbs) (only managed 6 reps for the 80 lb DB bench).
    ran 0.5 miles


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    Not hungry for most of the day, but had sharp hunger pangs around 2 or 3 AM while trying to fall asleep. I read that people who can only afford 1 meal a day in the developing world will refuse free meals at other mealtimes because they have severe hunger pangs then. Hopefully avoiding eating late at night entirely will cause my body to re-adjust and not expect food then.
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    Oct 20th 2013 - weigh in @ 239.6 lbs

    Food
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    chickpeas - 300 cals
    1/2 can salmon - 315 cals
    almonds - 150 cals
    carrots - 50 cals
    1 lb 4% cottage cheese - 440 cals
    1 banana - 100 cals
    1 tbsp butter (grass fed) - 100 cals
    oats - 100 cals
    tilapia, steamed - 250 cals
    broccoli, steamed, with hot sauce - 100 cals
    green tea - 0 cals
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    1905 cals

    Exercise
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    walked 0.3 miles to grocery store
    carried home ~50 lbs groceries 0.3 miles
    ran 1 mile
    walked 2 miles
    did modified kris gethin workout - tough, got in a nice good burn

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    - Feeling like making this thread was a great idea

    - It sure is easy for me to put away a ton of calories without realizing it. Couple that with a tendency to be sedentary and it sort of makes sense why i've always been fat.

    - Having the green tea made a major difference in my energy levels. I suspect it may have unlocked a bit of metabolism? I was able to lift good and heavy today despite not having much food.

    - The tilapia I purchased today at the grocery store - i thought it a real bargain at $4.50 a lb. Of course, it was from China, and I discovered that they (you can't make this stuff up) feed it on goose **** and treat it with antibiotics, malachite green, and nitrofurans. Sort of disgusting, and potentially harmful. I only got 6 lbs of the stuff, and I'll carefully ration it to limit acute exposure to any chemicals that may be in it.
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    Oct 21st, 2013 - weigh in @ 238.2 lbs

    Food
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    chickpeas - 200 cal
    chicken breast - 200 cal
    butter - 100 cal
    iced coffee - 0 cals
    chicken breast - 500 cal
    3 hardboiled eggs - 210 cal
    skim milk - 160 cal
    green tea - 0 cals
    trail mix pack - 270 cals
    cottage cheese 1 lb 1% - 360 cals
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    2000 cals

    Exercise
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    walked 2.5 miles

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    - Fat loss over the last 2 days should be ~0.71 lbs but body weight has dropped 2.4 lbs despite maintaining or increasing salt intake.. glycogen + water loss? hopefully not muscle loss.
    - Hunger pangs last night were less bad than before, hope to see them go away soon.
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    Originally Posted by LeanBodyMass View Post
    Oct 21st, 2013 - weigh in @ 238.2 lbs

    Food
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    chickpeas - 200 cal
    chicken breast - 200 cal
    butter - 100 cal
    iced coffee - 0 cals
    chicken breast - 500 cal
    3 hardboiled eggs - 210 cal
    skim milk - 160 cal
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    1370 cals

    Exercise
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    - Fat loss over the last 2 days should be ~0.71 lbs but body weight has dropped 2.4 lbs despite maintaining or increasing salt intake.. glycogen + water loss? hopefully not muscle loss.
    - Hunger pangs last night were less bad than before, hope to see them go away soon.
    Hey of course you had bad hunger pains last night, you gotta eat more calories! I cut on 1500 and am over a foot shorter and 110 pounds less than you. Google iifym calculator, and find out what a healthy calorie cut off for your size and goals is, and then follow that. That way, you will lose the weight with stability, and without hunger pains
    The nation-state and society seek to control the body in a myriad of subtle ways, so if you are going to fight for the right to do with your body what you please, why not make it a battleground worth fighting for? ;)
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    Originally Posted by baffledgenius View Post
    Hey of course you had bad hunger pains last night, you gotta eat more calories! I cut on 1500 and am over a foot shorter and 110 pounds less than you. Google iifym calculator, and find out what a healthy calorie cut off for your size and goals is, and then follow that. That way, you will lose the weight with stability, and without hunger pains
    You caught me at mid-day, haha. I have averaged almost 2000 cal a day over the last 3 days, which I feel like is a lot. It is probably higher protein than some people eat but I feel pretty good on it. I think I will start splitting out the macros too so I have a better idea what I'm eating.

    Oct 19 macros - 59g fat 141g protein 239g carbs
    Oct 20 macros - 70g fat 193g protein 165g carbs
    Oct 21 macros - 65g fat 247g protein 75g carbs

    average daily macros: 65g fat / 194g protein / 160g carbs

    30% fat 39% protein 32% carbs

    not as high protein as I thought, but still pretty good at around 40%
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    Oct 22nd, 2013 - weigh in @ 237.2 lbs

    Food
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    4% cottage cheese 220 cals 24 g protein 10g fat 8 g carbs
    banana 100 cals 27g carbs 1g protein
    trail mix bag 270 cals 7g protein 16g fat 28g carbs
    starbucks energy drink - 210 cals 12g protein 2.5g fat 34g carbs
    2 bananas 200 cals 54g carbs 2g protein
    chicken breast - 500 cal 100g protein 11g fat
    2% milk - 240 cal 16g protein 10g fat 24g carbs
    3 eggs - 210 cal 18g protein 15g fat
    milk jello - 200 cal 34g protein 16g carbs
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    2150 cals - 214g protein, 64.5g fat, 191g carbs

    Exercise
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    modified kris gethin abs + calves workout, didn't go super hard today
    incline treadmill running intervals for 25 mins (claimed 250 cals burned).

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    Down 3.4 lbs in the last 3 days! I estimate 1 lb fat loss of that 3.4 lbs. Today's weight was the lowest I have been in 9 years. After about 10 more lbs I will be at the lowest weight in 14 years. On to the best shape ever!
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    One interesting thing about losing fat is to think about the sheer volume of the fat. Human body fat has a density of about 0.9 g/cm^3, so it takes 7.5 lbs of human fat to fill up a gallon jug of water. Every 7.5 lbs of actual fat that you lose is another gallon of body volume off of your body. And with 37.5 lbs of fat loss, you could fill up a 5 gallon bucket!!! I have already lost about 2 5 gallon buckets of fat off my body since January, and the thought of that is so disgusting it makes me never ever want to go back to that place again. Five gallon buckets full of sloppy human pig lard. I have about 1 5 gallon bucket of fat (above 10% body fat) on me left to go after having lost 2, so I feel like I am 2/3 of the way to my fat loss goal. I would like to lose it faster, but if I can average 0.33 lbs of fat loss a day I have about 112 days to go, and I will look and feel like less of a pig every day.
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    Oct 23rd, 2013 - weigh in @ 236.8 lbs

    Food
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    4% cottage cheese 220 cals 24 g protein 10g fat 8 g carbs
    chickpeas - 200 cals - 10g protein 3.2g fat 32 g carbs
    oats - 150 cals - 8 protein 2.5 fat 25 carbs
    butter 50 cals - 6g fat
    honey roasted peanuts - 340 cals 12g protein 26g fat 14g carbs
    peanut butter pretzels - 280 cals 10g protein 14g fat 30g carbs
    starbucks mocha energy drink 200 cals 12g protein 2.5g fat 33g carbs
    skim milk - 160 cals 16g protein 24 g carbs
    milk jello - 200 cals 34g protein 16g carbs
    chicken breast - 400 cals 80g protein 8g fat
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    2200 cals

    Exercise
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    ~mile of hill climbing
    kris gethin workout 70 (modified)

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    - Down 3.8 lbs since starting log, estimate 1.2-1.4 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - Ate that milk jello at 12:00 last night, which is something I've been trying to avoid.
    - Was hungry after that but fought it off.
    - Feeling sort of hopeless but pushing through it anyway... I know that's partly because of the reduced calories... every time I eat I get much less depressed and feel much more positive. Another reason why I've been fat all my life I suppose.
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    Oct 24th, 2013 - weigh in @ 237.8 lbs

    Food
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    banana 100 cals 27g carbs 1g protein
    1% cottage cheese 360 cals 64 g protein 4g fat 16g carbs
    milk jello - 200 cals 34g protein 16g carbs
    Italian sub - 400 cals 20g protein 15g fat 46g carbs
    Starbucks mocha drink 200 cals 12g protein 2.5g fat 33g carbs
    chicken breast 200 cals 40g protein 4g fat
    trail mix 270 cals 7g protein 16g fat 28g carbs
    milk jello 200 cals 34 g protein 16g carbs
    chocolate syrup 100 cals 25g carbs
    coffee jello 150 cals 20 carbs 5 protein 4 fat
    cottage cheese 400 cals 64g protein 8g fat 16g carbs
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    2580 cals - 281g protein 223 g carbs 54g fat

    Exercise
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    walked 2 miles

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    - Down 2.8 lbs since starting log, estimate 1.4-1.7 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - Ate 1/2 of today's milk jello and cottage cheese at 3:00 AM last night/this morning before weigh in... something I've been trying to avoid.
    - Also ate a coffee jello and a tub of cottage cheese tonight I wasn't intending to... bad habits already getting started. :/

    - I have already finished 6 days of keeping this log, and I'm at 2139 calories per day avg, 214g protein, 179g carbs, and 64g fat avg. However, my calories are trending up over time and i am reverting to bad eating habits. Tomorrow I will shoot for 2150 calories total and train chest hard. The next week I will shoot for an average of 1810 cals total, with 180g protein, 160g carbs, and 50g fat daily on average. With a good amount of exercise, that will put me close to my max deficit, and potentially burn up to 3.5 lbs of fat next week... I think this week I will be lucky to have burned 2 lbs. Depending on how I feel, I may have a "high day" of no more than 3300 calories after the end of next week. I will get macros of 300g protein, 300g carbs, and 100g fat on such a day, and allow myself to eat anything I want within these macros.
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    Oct 25th, 2013 - weigh in @ 237.2 lbs

    Food
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    chicken breast - 400 cals 80g protein 8g fat
    frozen peas - 200 cals - 10g protein 3.2g fat 32 g carbs
    chickpeas - 200 cals - 10g protein 3.2g fat 32 g carbs
    coffee jello 150 cals 20 carbs 5 protein 4 fat
    butter - 50 cals 4.5g fat
    skim milk - 160 cals 16g protein 22g carbs
    assorted baked goods - ~1000 cals ~150g carbs ~15g protein ~38g fat
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    2110 cals - 136g protein 61g fat 236g carbs




    Exercise
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    almost none.. kinda bummed and don't feel like working out right now. Will sleep early and do chest tomorrow.

    Commentary
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    - Down 3.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 1.5-1.8 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - I seem to have lost 1-1.5 belt sizes since starting the log, which is quite an encouraging sign.
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    Oct 26th, 2013 - weigh in @ 237.2 lbs

    Food
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    cottage cheese 360 cal 64 g protein 4g fat 16g carbs
    chocolate syrup 100 cals 25g carbs
    1 cup half and half 37g fat 333 cal
    cottage cheese 360 cal 64 g protein 4g fat 16g carbs
    ramen noodle packet (noodles only) - 380 cal 8 protein 14 fat 52 carbs
    brick of spinach 105 cal 7 protein 10 carbs 0 fat
    chicken breast - 162 cal 35g protein 4g fat
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    1800 cals




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    About half of Kris gethin workout... the 50 40 30 20 10 10 20 30 40 50 one with incline bench and lat pulldowns. Felt pretty weak today but not horribly so... muscles were exhausted after working up once, didn't go down. Wish I could eat more. Looking forward to being able to lift on a 100-300 calorie surplus. Not until I hit 10% body fat though.

    might have walked a mile total

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    - Down 3.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 1.7-2.0 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
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    I'm trying to do about the same as you, maybe a little more fat! good luck to you and I'll be following!
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    I'm trying to do about the same as you, maybe a little more fat! good luck to you and I'll be following!
    I have plenty of fat haha. I think we can both get every bit of the excess torched away in short order though. Good luck to you as well!
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    Oct 27th, 2013 - weigh in @ 235.8 lbs

    Food
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    cottage cheese 360 cals 64g protein 4g fat 16g carbs
    chocolate syrup 200 cals 50g carbs
    green tea - 0 cals
    banana drizzled with chocolate syrup 120 cals 1g protein 32g carbs
    chicken breast 100 cals 20 g protein 2g fat
    green tea with honey and gelatin 60 cal 8g carbs 7g protein
    banana drizzled with chocolate syrup 150 cals 1g protein 40g carbs
    chicken breast 200 cals 40g protein 4g fat
    noodles 400 cals 80g carbs 16g protein 5g fat
    butter 100 cals 11g fat
    gelatin 85 cal 21g protein
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    1775 calories



    Exercise
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    walked about 1 mile
    3 hill sprints (around 80 to 100 yards each)
    could have maybe done 2 more sprints but the first 2 were strong and the third was running out of steam..

    Commentary
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    - Down 4.8 lbs since starting log, estimate 2-2.4 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - gelatin tea makes me really sleepy and feel good
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    Oct 28th, 2013 - weigh in @ 235.2 lbs

    Food
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    2 eggs - 140 cals 12g protein 10g fat
    chocolate syrup 60 cals 15g carbs
    banana - 100 cals 1g protein 27g carbs
    black iced coffee - 0 cals
    coffee jello 50 cal 7carbs 2 protein 2 fat
    chicken breast 400 cals 80g protein 8g fat
    egg noodles 800 cals 160g carbs 32g protein 10g fat
    372g tilapia - 296 cal
    brocolli - 100 cal
    butter - 50 cal 5g fat
    coffee jello fragments 150 cal
    gelatin in tea - 28g protein 120 cal
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    2270 cals



    Exercise
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    kris gethin shoulder / calves / abs workout - felt really tore up after
    about a mile of walking

    Commentary
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    - Down 5.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.3-2.7 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - My rate of weight loss is surprising to me. I know I was eating far more than this before when I was plateaued, but it is still shocking.
    - I wonder how much of the weight loss has really been fat, and how much is retained water. I wonder how much I will actually weigh when I cut down to 10% bf. Starting from 240 lbs and 25% body fat implies 200 lbs if all lean mass is preserved, but I'm just not sure I'm really that "big". Maybe I am and just don't know it. I struggle to flat dumbbell bench more than 2 80 lb dumbbells for more than 6-8 reps though right now (I was as high as 85s for 10 reps at one point during the summer when I was fatter and maybe eating more). I can do dumbbell rows 1 hand with 120*8 for about 3 sets now, so my back seems pretty strong. Legs are relatively massive and muscular from years of walking while being fat, and it is difficult (and a little scary) to really challenge them. I was lifting over 500 lbs for 10 reps off of a squat rack this summer for calf extensions, and it was actually making my lower back hurt a lot more than my calves, so I quit that. Not even really sure what the best and safest exercise is to really challenge my quads and calves. I did 700 lbs x 20 x 3 (I think) on the leg press machine the other day, but apparently this isn't any great feat and a lot of people on bodybuilding.com are pretty negative on this exercise. Yet it seems extremely unsafe to attempt to take squats to the point of failure (I have failed on a squat before in fact, and tore my hand up from doing it.) Total stream of consciousness going on here. I should go to work, haha.

    I guess i ended up eating a lot of cals today. Doesn't feel like it. Back on 1800 tomorrow.
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    Food
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    spoonful of chocolate syrup - 50 cal
    spoonful of honey - 50 cal
    strawberry stuffed hotcakes - 800 cal
    turkey hoagie - 500 cal
    donut - 250 cal
    cinnamon roll - 250 cal
    gelatin - 120 cal
    mocha - 100 cal
    450g tilapia - 400 cal
    120 cal 3 tbsp white sugar (ate from spoon)
    50 cal chocolate syrup (sucked from bottle) D:
    340 cal peanuts
    2 cups of oats - 300 cal
    honey - 300 cal
    chocolate syrup - 300 cal
    ===============================
    3930 cal



    Exercise
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    minor amounts of walking


    Commentary
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    - Down 5.6 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.5-2.9 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - I had the spoonfuls of sugar at around 4:00 AM, semi unconsciously. The fact that I woke up and ate small amounts of sugar during the night is a sign to me that my body must be carb depleted in some way. I'm considering taking most of my food today in carbs to try to rebuild glycogen levels. The missing glycogen might well account for the extra 2.5-3 lbs I've lost that isn't fat, and explain why my energy has been so ****. Unfortunately my body can't just take the carbs I do eat and make glycogen, while burning fat.


    TDEE - (Lbs of fat * 31 Cal) = energy food cal requirement

    3050 - 57.5 * 31 = 1267.5

    glycogen is about 450 Cal / lb, or 112g carbs / lb. If I am missing 2.5 lbs of glycogen then consuming 280 excess grams of carbs (plus adequate water) should restore that glycogen. The confusing part is that my energy requirement is well below my dietary intake. Perhaps I am not properly accounting for the thermic effect of digesting my food, or my TDEE is higher somehow. I seem to go through this process once in a while, with a strong desire to eat lots of carbs... I have even downed a whole load of bread at a time while on my diet. I guess what I will try today is one very big carb loading meal for lunch (about 280g of carbs I guess), and not eat as much for the rest of the day. Probably have some steamed tilapia for dinner so I get protein too. Will be hard to fit this into 1800 cals so I may go over, but not over 2200.

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    You can't completely fill your muscles with glycogen from just one meal, "which is why you should start carbo-loading two or three days before your race," says Ryan. Since you're running very few miles, the glycogen will accumulate in your muscles. At this point, 85 to 95 percent of your calories should come from carbs, says Katz. Ryan recommends eating about four grams of carbs for every pound of body weight (for a 150 pound runner that's 600 grams—or 2,400 calories—of carbs per day). During his research, Rapoport developed an even more precise formula, which runners can access at endurancecalculator.com, that factors in variables including age, resting heart rate, VO2 max, and predicted finishing time. It's important to keep in mind that you're most likely not eating many more calories per day than you were during the thick of your training—it's just that more of those calories are coming from carbs."

    Ahhhhhhh. I can't fill the muscles up with glycogen from 1 day. Hmmmmm. This is going to require some real thought as to how I can stay low calorie and still have the energy to train hard and the protein to rebuild and the fat to stay healthy.


    my muscles are really swelling up from all the carbs, it feels great. power returning to my limbs.

    I feel great today. Think I lowered my cortisol / upped my testosterone. Not depressed at all.

    Really gorged today. Probably gained 1/4 lb of fat at least. Gonna go back to 1800 cal tomorrow and hit the weights hard as crap. Learned today to up carbs and lower proteins on the cut so I don't get these cravings.
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    Why are u eating so much protein? I mean, some people go for higher numbers than others, but more protein than carbs seems a bit extreme to me lol.
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    Why are u eating so much protein? I mean, some people go for higher numbers than others, but more protein than carbs seems a bit extreme to me lol.
    Well... I like protein. I've been in a habit of eating a lot of it ever since I started losing weight back in January. It helps with satiety and hopefully with building muscle. Before I started counting calories, sometimes after a really rough workout, when I felt especially torn up, I would get cravings for protein and inhale 100g or more at a sitting no problem. I haven't been able to get that torn up feeling lately because I haven't been able to lift as heavy in what I think must be a glycogen depleted state. So loads of protein worked on higher cals but it seems like it might be harder (or impossible) to fit into lower cals.
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    Oct 30th, 2013 - weigh in @ 238.2 lbs

    Food
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    1 cup oats - 300 cal
    1/2 cup skim milk - 60 cal
    turkey bagel - 300 cal
    chicken bagel - 500 cal
    chicken - 200 cal
    2 chicken parm 8in hoagie - 1200 cal
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    2560 cal


    Exercise
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    minimal


    Commentary
    - Down 2.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.3-2.6 lbs of fat loss since starting log.

    - Feel really horrible about yesterday. I got excited about something I was doing and stayed up until 4:00 AM and look like **** again today. I had been making some progress towards going to bed at a reasonable hour and looking better when I woke up, but that ended today. Nothing to do but get back on the horse I guess. :/
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    Food
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    1 cup oats - 300 cal
    1 cup skim milk - 120 cal
    honey - 60 cal
    butter, half&half - 100 cal
    whole wheat pasta - 800 cal
    1.5 cups oats - 450 cal
    honey - 200 cal
    half and half - 100 cal
    chicken breast - 400 cal 80 protein 8 fat
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    2530 cal


    Exercise
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    minor walking
    chest and back workout (mine)

    Commentary
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    - Down 0.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.3-2.6 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - Eating high carb foods doesn't seem to be working out.. I'm exceeding my calorie targets by 700+ calories... need to go back to a higher protein diet... but make sure I get more starchy carbs.
    - chest is weak, back and pulling movements are stronger than ever.
    - Feel like I'm back on track.
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    Food
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    1 cup oats - 300 cal
    1/2 cup half n half - 160 cal
    honey - 140 cal
    raisin bagel - 250 cal
    chicken breast (304g) - 500 cal
    sesame bagel - 250 cal
    chicken breast 200 cal
    2 pirouette cookies -120 cal
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    1920 cal


    Exercise
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    biceps + triceps workout (mine)
    didn't do incline treadmill
    didn't walk to or from work
    hiking up and down hills, walking

    Commentary
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    - Down 3.2 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.4-2.7 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - chest and back feel good today from the workout I made up yesterday.
    - I ate plenty of cals and plenty of bulk yesterday, yet my weight dropped about 3 lbs overnight... likely the chicken parm hoagie I love so much has lots of sodium in it
    - Today will be an actual low calorie day, but I will eat lots of protein and work out hard. My normal TDEE seems to be around 3000, and I plan to consume 1800 cal today. That is a 1200 deficit. (normal TDEE includes walking and working out). I will bump the supposed deficit up to 1,750 in order to burn a half lb of fat and get to an estimate of 2.9-3.2 lbs of fat burned since starting log by tomorrow morning. I will do this by doing my normal workout, walking to work, burning 550 cal in interval jogging on the incline treadmill, and walking home. Then tomorrow I will do shopping, laundry, and hill sprints, and stick to 1800 cal. My TDEE will only be about 3000 then but that will still be good for maybe 0.3 lb of fat burned on Saturday, bringing me up to 3.2-3.5 lbs burned. I am eagerly looking forward to the 10 lbs burned mark.. If I can achieve my Friday and Saturday goals I should be able to reach -10 lbs fat by the end of November, which should put me at 227-230 lbs, mean that I have 50 lbs of fat remaining, and need to lose 30 more to reach 10% body fat.

    Rough Current Progression Timetable (this is slower than I want... I want to hit 10.0% bf by mid March 2014 and 15% sometime in January.. need to step it up)

    Loss of 10 lbs fat since starting log - 22% bf - end November 2013
    Loss of 20 lbs fat since starting log - 18% bf - mid Jan 2014
    Loss of 30 lbs fat since starting log - 14% bf - end March 2014
    Loss of 40 lbs fat since starting log - 10% bf - mid April 2014
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    Food
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    6 pirouette cookies - 360 cal
    chicken breast - 100 cal
    jalapeno cheddar bagel - 440 cal
    chicken breast - 300 cal
    cream cheese - 140 cal
    cottage cheese 1% low sodium - 360 cal
    mid's italian sausage spaghetti sauce - 140 cal
    2 margherite cookies - 130 cal
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    1970 cal


    Exercise
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    1.2 miles walking
    carried groceries home 0.3 miles (only like 30 lbs tho)
    4 hill sprints (80-100 yd each)

    Commentary
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    - Down 4.4 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.75-3.05 lbs of fat loss since starting log.

    - I am paying more attention to how food tastes now. The pirouette cookies are extremely satisfying and make me feel good, but 4 of them (2 servings) have fewer calories than 1 measly cup of oats. The oats have better macros and I may eat some today, but calories is by far the most important number, and having satisfying foods helps me keep that number lower. I could easily and happily eat 2,3,4 cups of oats sopped in heavy cream and honey at a sitting and enjoy myself.. but I'd ingest 2000 calories in the process for something that really wouldn't taste all that good. Taste is important.

    - I sliced 300 cal worth of home herb roasted chicken breast up today and put it in a paper towel and heated it up in the microwave, then put it in a bag and took it to Bruegger's. The combination of this, a jalapeno cheddar bagel, and bacon scallion cream cheese was just completely amazing. I guess at 840 calories for a bagel sandwich it had a right to be! macros 27g fat 80g carbs 82g protein mmmmmmmmm

    - I am eating more cals than I really want to, but it's an active struggle not to eat more. I am going to be so happy when I finally get to 10% (and even 15%) body fat, and I am never going to go above 15% body fat once I get under it. Small deficits and surpluses is the place to be, but I need to cut off a lot more fat now, so I am trying for the biggest attainable deficits (and usually failing).
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    January 2013 - about 290 lbs


    Feb or March 2013 - about 285-280 lbs


    End of July 2013 - 256 lbs


    Nov 1 2013 - 236 lbs
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    Nov 3rd, 2013 - weigh in @ 236.0 lbs

    Food
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    2.5 pirouette cookies - 150 cal
    cinnamon raisin bagel - 310 cal
    honey - 50 cal
    8 oz cottage cheese 1% low sodium - 180 cal
    mid's italian sausage spaghetti sauce - 70 cal
    1 margherite cookies - 65 cal
    1 roma tomato - 35 cal
    2 pirouette cookies - 120 cal
    8 oz cottage cheese 1% low sodium - 180 cal
    2 margherite cookies - 130 cal
    1 lb cottage cheese 1% low sodium - 360 cal
    1 margherite cookie - 65 cal
    2.5 pirouette cookies - 150 cal
    chicken 100 cal
    1 lb cottage cheese 1% low sodium - 360 cal
    sauce 75 cal

    I intended to stop here, but just after midnight I ended up going on a sort of binge
    ~1500 cal (200 cal from chicken, 1300 cal from cookies)
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    3900 cal


    Exercise
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    pushups 2x10 (gonna work my way back into doing these, +10 a session)
    situps 2x10 (gonna work my way back into doing these, +10 a session)

    Kris gethin 12 week day 1

    4x10 490 lb leg press
    1x12 950 lb leg press
    1x6 1,040 lb leg press

    2x15 90 lb hamstring curl (1 leg)
    3x6 180 lb hamstring curl (1 leg)

    2x15 40 lb lying hamstring curl (2 legs)
    3x12 60 lb lying hamstring curl (2 legs)

    2x15 45 lb leg extension (2 legs)
    2x10 180 lb leg extension (2 legs)

    didn't do hack squats (ran out of time, gym was closing and i'd thoroughly worked the muscles anyway)

    Commentary
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    - Down 4.6 lbs since starting log, estimate 3-3.3 lbs of fat loss since starting log.

    - I think I am going to restart the Kris gethin workout program to give me some structure to my workouts. I think I am on day 70 something now, but it's clear going to day 84 won't leave me at a place I'm happy with. However, if I restart it, I think there is a good chance I could mostly finish my transformation, and be able to see abs by the end. However, I will be making the following changes and additions to the program.

    1) I am not going to eat Kris Gethin's diet. While I know it would work well, I would be more unhappy on such a diet than doing what I am doing now and counting calories, while making sure I get plenty of protein.

    2) All workouts will be performed as shown to the best of my ability and the extent of my gym's equipment. There is no reason I can't hit the gym hard several days a week. My cardio will be 200 cal worth of interval incline treadmill sprinting preworkout, plus whatever walking I do during the week, plus legit hill sprints on off days that are not immediately after a leg day.

    3) I have noticed that my back has gotten way stronger than any other part, which I attribute to constantly picking up and setting down dumbbells for every exercise I do. It seems like frequent training of a part is the best way to develop it, based on this observation, and I will take this observation and run with it. My chest in particular seems to be lagging behind my back. I have no idea how developed my abs are because I've never seen them. Hopefully soon! Situps can't hurt. What I plan to do is go back to doing 100 pushups and 100 situps a day in the morning, 4 days every week. (to allow for rest days and not to do this on an actual free weight chest day) This should ensure that my chest and triceps stop getting left behind while my back gets stronger and stronger.
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    Food
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    3 cookies - 205 cal
    1 lb cottage cheese - 360
    spaghetti sauce - 100
    cream cheese - 50
    3 eggs - 210
    ruffles - 240
    peanuts - 340
    payday bar - 240
    1 lb cottage cheese - 360
    spaghetti sauce - 50
    cream cheese 100
    6 cookies 390

    2645 cal
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    Exercise
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    Kris gethin day 2

    3x6 dual 45s flat db bench
    2x6 dual 85s flat db bench
    1x6 dual 80s flat db bench

    2x10 70 lb incline skullcrusher

    2x10 dual 65s incline db fly

    1x10 50 lb rope pulldown
    1x10 60 lb rope pulldown

    2x10 120 lb lying cable raise
    1x10 150 lb lying cable raise

    didn't do tricep dumbbell extensions

    Commentary
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    - Down 3.2 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.75-3.05 lbs of fat loss since starting log.

    - Eating way too much for a cut lol
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    Food
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    1 lb cottage cheese - 360
    spaghetti sauce - 50
    bagel - 310
    bagel - 310
    cream cheese 100
    cream cheese 100
    chicken - 250
    toffee peanuts - 570
    some kind of veggie wrap and a couple corn chips - 400 cal est
    cottage cheese 1 lb 360 cal

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    2810 cal

    Exercise
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    very little, would have done hill sprints but legs are sore from sunday

    Commentary
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    - Down ???? lbs since starting log, estimate 2.85-3.15 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - Been eating very close to what I think TDEE is, partly because my body is sore as crap if I don't. Going to continue this and keep calories as low as I feel able, with the hardest workouts I can do, and see how progress is.
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    bagel - 310
    cream cheese 200
    cream cheese 100
    cottage cheese 360
    italian sub 350
    3 eggs 210
    800 cal
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    2640 cal

    Exercise
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    5 miles walking
    too sore for weights :/

    Commentary
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    - Down 1.8 lbs since starting log, estimate 2.9-3.2 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
    - My calories and macros have been high enough over the last few days that I expect its more likely that I actually built muscle than burned much fat. I need to lower them to make progress. I am going to try to go back to eating under 2k calories a day until body weight is sub 235 (new record) AND lower limit of estimated fat loss since starting log is > 5 lbs. It has been difficult to eat low calories lately with the harder workouts, so I will have to find some kind of balance.
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    Nov 7th, 2013 - weigh in @ 236.8 lbs

    Food
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    bagel - 310
    chicken - 200
    bagel - 310
    chicken - 200
    eggs - 210
    tomato - 30 cal
    glazed donut - 250
    eggs - 210
    2 slices pizza - 600
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    2320 cal

    Exercise
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    minimal, some walking

    Commentary
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    - Down 3.8 lbs since starting log, estimate 3.0-3.3 lbs of fat loss since starting log.
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