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    summer recomp/maintenance 66jzmstr's Avatar
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    PAUSING THE CUT - HALF WAY THERE

    Weekly Progress
    Starting Weight: 218.4
    Week 1 Average: 214.4
    Week 2 Average: 211.7
    Week 3 Average: 208.4
    Week 4 Average: 207.3
    Week 5 Average: 206.3
    Week 6 Average: 204.7
    Week 6½ Average: 202.6

    Today's weight: 202.0

    Here's where I was October 5th, six and a half weeks ago at 218.4lbs



    Here's where I'm at this morning, November 20th, at 202.0lbs


    Reflections Thus Far
    * You always have more fat to lose than you think. I learned this from my first cut nine or ten years ago, but the realization never sinks in until you see yourself in the mirror and don't find the visual difference all that striking. My waist isn't quite as wide in the current photo, so there's a *slight* taper. (Emphasis on "slight.") If someone said, you'll lose 16.4lbs in 6.5 weeks, I'd think I'd look pretty lean. Not yet! I honestly don't see too much difference between the two photos, even though my midsection is leaner and my go-to, once-snug work pants are nearly falling off my hips, unlike before. Perhaps I should've taken some profile shots sideways, as my gut doesn't jut out as far as before. Either way, this really hammers home the importance of taking a starting photo, taking progress photos, AND putting them side by side to help myself realize that I havemade progress, even if I'm still nowhere near the leanness I want yet. (Side note - I'm horrible at taking selfies. I swear I look better when not holding up a damn camera! lol)
    * Strength has maintained or improved in all lifts, save OHP, and I chalk that up to an inflamed infraspinatus tendon in my left shoulder.
    * Experience counts for a lot: I'm nine years older, I'm far less active teaching from in front of a computer instead of pacing in front of a class, I'm cutting now over summer when I enjoy a halved workload and better weather and often go outdoors in Seattle. All that said, it wasn't that hard to hit my calories and macros day in and day out, save one birthday dinner for this now 43 year-old whippersnapper. Experience helps.
    * Leangains is simple, and it works. A lot of diets work, and sure - different diets work for different people, but for me, few of them are sustainable. Leangains comes pretty easy to me, and it doesn't feel like a chore. Although I won't keep a deep deficit or my minimum of 50% of calories from protein on this hiatus/pause, I can implement a lot of the tenets of Leangains to stay lean even when not on a strict diet.
    * Counting calories isn't fun, but it's by no means difficult. I'm planning on counting over this hiatus, even when I drink beer.
    * In the past, I've "rationalized" (heavy air quotes here) slightly overeating for the day as failure, opening the floodgates to a full on binge that day. It never happened once in these six and half weeks, but I need to make sure it doesn't happen during this maintenance/paused phase, especially if I've had a couple beers, which can wash away inhibitions.
    * I love craft beer, and it's been nearly seven weeks since I've had any sort of alcohol, but I will not partake with the frequency or volume I had before. My cravings for it were minimal to non-existent during the cut, which has been nice.
    * Until gyms reopen (i.e. my only access to barbells and iron), I'll stay around 2600 calories a day, which is about 150 calories under my maintenance, even when recalculating at my current bodyweight.
    * Until I can get back under the bar, I'll work out Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, doing a bodyweight superset ladder routine, wind sprints on the empty field at the elementary school, and a circuit of exercise band movements, respectively. (Some more details can be found two posts above this.)

    In short, the break will be nice, but it will not be an excuse to cut loose and devolve into bacchanal debauchery of beer and snacks. I will not log my days here during this hiatus/pause on my cut, but I'll check in from time to time. Don't hesitate to leave a message here, but please know my replies won't be immediate for that reason. Either way, see you all here when my gyms reopen.
    Last edited by 66jzmstr; 11-20-2020 at 07:41 AM. Reason: Corrected my weight for 6½ week average
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    Bro had no idea you had a log! I refer back to your original one time to time lmao. Keep killin it man.

    Edit: went through your log. I actually have martins new book and going through your log I’m actually considering following it myself. Will go through the book over these next few days and start Monday.
    Last edited by Ondle; 11-25-2020 at 11:32 PM.
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