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Easy part is over; “Why do you do it?”

Monday, April 2, 2007 by  
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April
2
2007

If you missed yesterday’s update, you might want to check it out: I posted my end of month stats/analysis and monthly progress photos. The easy part of my cutting phase is officially over. This morning I’m hovering just above 10% body fat, and it’s time to get absolutely shredded to the bone!

Today starts the “low-carb/refeed” section of my 2007 cutting diet (here’s the meal plan I’ll be following). This is where self-discipline and mental toughness are going to play critical roles in how well I do. As most of you know, lifting weights is very hard work. Lifting weights is even more difficult while in a caloric deficit, and a low-carb caloric deficit takes things to a whole new level of mental toughness. These next few months are going to be some of the most mentally and physically challenging of my entire fitness journey.

Some people wonder, “Why do you choose to do this?” That’s easy: I enjoy it. The mental and physical challenges I choose to take on do not exist in some sort of “fitness vacuum”; those traits may have been honed and strengthened along my ongoing fitness journey, but they also bleed over into every single part of my life. I have never been more happy, more successful or more at peace with myself than I am right now. A little over four years ago I was a physical and emotional wreck. I guess you could say that I sort of felt like I was surrounded by a total blackness. I knew I had to get to a better place, but I didn’t know where to go or what to do. In those early days, fitness provided me with the path I needed to help lead me out of the murk; today it’s just part of who I am.

Health and fitness changed my entire life, and that’s why I’m still so passionate when I talk about it on this site every single day. I know that there are people out there who feel like I once did, and I want those people to change and feel better. When I receive an email from someone who has changed his or her life through fitness, it makes my entire day. I’m not kidding about that – I still feel a palpable rush every single time someone lets me know that this site has in some way helped improve his or her life.

Thanks for visiting – have a great day!

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