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First month of cutting progress report; Staying motivated over the long-haul.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 by  
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The first month of my 2007 cut is drawing to a close, and I’m very happy with how things are going so far. I took my weekly measurements this morning, and was pleased to see that so far this month my waist is down 1.5 inches and my hips and thighs are each minus a full inch. After the expected initial drop in size, my arms are holding steady at 18 inches (cold/no pump) and my chest at 45.25 inches (again, cold/no pump). My strength remains excellent; in fact, Friday night I set a new personal best for military press. That’s not too bad a month into a cutting program!

The first week of my cut I lost 5.5 pounds (this may seem high, but it was largely due to water loss), and since that first week I’ve lost an even two pounds per week for three weeks straight – a total weight loss of 11.5 pounds for the month. My body fat levels have dropped from around 14% to about 12%. My top four abs are starting to pop pretty good, and my lower abs are visible in the morning while in a fasted state. Vascularity is continuing to improve, and my face is looking a little leaner each and every day.

You may have noticed that when I’m cutting I pay very close attention to just about every conceivable detail: my measurements, how I look in the mirror, my strength, my energy levels and even scale weight. I do this for a couple of reasons…

First, I feel that careful observation is the absolute best way to make sure I’m on the right path. If something is off, I want to know about it right away so I can correct it. The second reason I am so meticulous about all these things is motivation. I find the little changes extremely inspiring. As most of you know, cutting (fat loss, dieting – whatever you want to call it) can be very tough. It’s a real mind game and quite a mental challenge to stay motivated over the long haul. It really helps me stay focused when I see positive changes. That is a big reason why I took the daily photographs throughout 2003 and part of 2004. With those photographs I was able to see small changes that were not otherwise readily apparent. It was a real pain in the butt to take those photos each and every day for 479 days in a row, but I know those pictures played a significant role in my early success.

I’d better go get my cardio done and eat. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

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