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2007 Cutting Phase is OVER!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 by  
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July
1
2007

The past six months have been extremely challenging, educational, rewarding and, at times, quite difficult. I did not miss even one workout over the past six months, and that is something I’m very proud of. Believe me, there were times when I really wanted to blow off my workout and just kick back, order a pizza and drink a bottle of wine.

I also went the entire six months with only 3 or 4 cheat meals. This is the approach that works best for me, and I seem to do better when I stay locked on my target. Cheat meals are a distraction, and they tend to do me more harm (from a mental standpoint) than good. I think it’s very important that each person figure out which method will work best for him or herself. Some people who try my preferred approach can only do it for a short time, and then they fall off the wagon – hard. Some people do best with scheduled cheat meals to “keep them sane”. There’s nothing wrong with that. The important thing is that you remain consistent and are always moving forward.

It’s been awesome working with Mastover. He doesn’t screw around and he doesn’t mince words. I like that. I like that a lot. He is a deep pool of practical, firsthand, real-world knowledge, and I’ve learned a great deal from him over the past six months. While I can’t say I always enjoyed the foods I was eating, I learned to appreciate the function they served. Most surprisingly, I actually began to enjoy many foods that I wouldn’t have eaten on my own. Foods such as broccoli and grapefruit have somehow gone from “barely edible” to “I really love this!” Needless to say, the results I’ve achieved over the past six months were a true collaborative effort. Thank you Mastover, thank you for everything. It’s been a real pleasure working with you. I hope my effort has met with your high expectations.

I’d also like to thank everyone who’s been so supportive of my goals over the past six months. I know it’s not always been easy. There’ve been times when I’ve been cranky, moody, foggy-headed, irritable and down on myself. My wife, Lisa, my friends, my family and many of my “online” friends have always been there to pull me up and support me. Thanks to each and every one of you for sticking with me through thick and thin. 🙂

OK, so here are a few stats, and then the pictures. Over the past six months I lost 49.4 pounds and reduced my body fat from 19% to 6% (as measured using a 7-site pinch test with the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers from the JSF Amazon Mall). My waist size on January 1, 2007 was 36.5 inches; it is now 30.25 inches – a 6.25 inch reduction, and the absolute smallest my waist has ever been in my adult life. I’ve also lost a full 5 inches from my hips and 5 inches from my thighs.

Here is my six month transformation. Note that I pulled my boxer legs up this month to expose my entire quad.

January 1, 2007: 236 pounds, 19% body fat

January 1, 2007: 236 pounds, 19% body fat

July 1, 2007: 186.6 Pounds, 6% body fat

July 1, 2007: 186.6 Pounds, 6% body fat

I posted a few more pictures in my Photo Journal starting here. These pictures are also in the photo section of this site.

The past six months have been a great ride, but I’m quite glad they are over. I’m going to relax and enjoy myself for the rest of the summer, but I’ll still be banging out some pretty grueling workouts and eating well. I expect my body fat to rise to around 8% over the next few months, and that’s fine, as 8% is still quite low. I want to start my bulk on October 1, 2007, so the next few months I will be focusing on building my strength back up.

One thing you can count on: tonight I’ll be having that pizza and bottle of wine! 🙂

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