It’s the first of the month, and that means it’s monthly picture day! As always, I’ve posted my monthly progress photos on the pictures page. Let’s go over the progress I’ve made this past month…
First, the numbers: I lost 6.8 pounds in April, and reduced my body fat from 10.7% to 8.8%. I lost a half inch from my waist, and a full inch from my hips.
Looking at my pictures, I think I made some good improvement last month. My shoulders, chest and lats look pretty good. My abs are starting to get pretty well dialed in, too. As I mentioned earlier this week, the fat below my belly button really stands out now that the rest of my body is so lean. I’m very hopeful that it will shrink in May as I continue the journey to 6% body fat.
Mastover feels that by putting on so much fat over my last bulk I exasperated my problem area. I totally agree with him. The plan is to get down to 6%, and re-evaluate. If the fat is still there, then we’re going to address it. Whatever the case may be, I am not going to stay on a hardcore cutting diet through the summer. I’ve got a life to live, and I’m going to enjoy this summer. Perhaps the answer lies with another slow, controlled bulk, followed by another cut very similar to this one. If so, I’m all for giving it a try – in the fall!
No matter what, I’m never going to allow myself to get above 12% body fat again. The 19%-20% body fat level that I hit over this past bulk is ridiculous. I look at the pictures from December 2006 and January 2007 and just cringe. They are horrible. I have no idea how I did not see it at the time. It’s amazing how we can sometimes lose any sense of proper judgment when it comes to our own bodies.
We’re coming down to the wire now! Basically the next month is going to be spent dialing in my mid-section. I doubt I will be at 6% body fat by the end of May, but I should be closing in on it. I’m not stopping until I hit my goal!