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Progress report; Get angry!

Monday, January 22, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

January
22
2007

I’m just three weeks into my cut, and I’m already seeing some very nice results! This morning I weighed in at 226.5 pounds, which is a 9.5 pound drop from the 236 pounds I weighed at the end of my bulk. I’m down from 14% body fat to somewhere around 12.5% body fat as of this morning. I know half of you are probably reaching for your calculators, so I’ll save you the trouble: that’s about 4.5 pounds of fat loss, and 5 pounds of lean mass. The lean mass I’ve lost is water weight, not muscle. My lifts are still progressively improving, and my strength is actually up! 1.5 pounds of fat loss per week is a very good rate. Of course fat and water are distributed evenly all over my body (more or less), and that’s why (as expected) my muscle size measurements have decreased slightly. Judging from some of the emails I’ve received and from a few comments I’ve seen on the forum, some people don’t seem to realize that fat and water are stored in the arms and legs, and not just in the mid-section! My arms are still slightly over 18 inches (cold) right now, but there is still a lot of fat to lose before the cuts really start slicing them up. I’ll be quite happy if my arms are around 17.5 inches (cold/unpumped) by the time I reach 6% body fat. The cuts and vascularity I’ll have at 6% will actually make all my muscles appear larger than they do right now.

So that’s an update on my progress, but how are YOU doing? I strongly suggest that each of you take some time each week to sit down and analyze your progress honestly. Are you making the expected gains and/or losses? If not, ask yourself why. Have you been consistent with your diets and workouts? How’s your strength? Are you eating too much? Too little? Do you need to make some changes, or should you give your existing program a little longer? Again, be honest with yourself. I make time each week to take my measurements, get an estimated body fat reading, pose in front of the mirror and/or take pictures, review my workout logs and think about what’s working and what’s not. These assessments don’t take long, and they help keep me on target.

On a final note, this is the time of year when people start to fall off the fitness wagon in large numbers. If you feel like you are slipping, don’t let it get out of control. You may be tempted to throw in the towel because you let things go for awhile. Well, that’s the absolute worst thing you can do. All you are doing is reinforcing your bad habits and becoming yet another quitter. You are better than that. Do you want to continue to live your life being fat, unhealthy and embarrassed by how you look, or are you going to finish what you started and change those things? We ALL fall down from time-to-time. Are you going to lay in the dirt and cry, or are you going to get your butt back up and fight for what you want? Damn it, get mad! Take control!

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