I’m back from my vacation, and the past nine days played out even better than I imagined they would. Lisa and I had a wonderful time hanging out with my mom and her best friend, there were very few work-related “emergency” interruptions, we enjoyed perfect weather, ate a lot of great food, watched movies, played games, took trips – just what we needed after the past year, which has been very stressful. I love my life, but it was nice to take a break from everything and just… chill out!
I feel more relaxed this morning than I’ve felt in a long, long time. I really needed that time off, and I’m glad that I took it.
I didn’t workout or follow any kind of planned diet last week; I ate what I wanted, and drank what I wanted. While I enjoyed the break from my usual diet and training, I can really see and feel the difference. I’m just shy of 200 pounds this morning, and around 12% body fat. I’d say around 4 or 5 pounds of that weight is bloat and water, so I’m going to wait a couple of days to take tape and body fat measurements.
As I mentioned before I left for my vacation, I’m going to reboot my cutting program and start from scratch. After the move I never felt fully committed to my cutting program, and I think it’s because I needed a break. Now that I’ve had a chance to recharge my batteries, I feel more than ready to get down to business. I’m going to be very dedicated to my cutting program, and will be dieting down to 6% body fat again this year. I’ll be following the same low carb/refeed diet that I used last year for my cut, and I’ll be following the same training schedule. I will not be taking the “lean out” supplement this year (I’m not sure how effective it was, and so I want to see how I do without it this year). The supplements I will be using are as follows: AtLarge’s “Nitrean” protein powder, multi-vitamin (Universal’s “Animal Pak”), UDO’s Choice oil blend caps, BCAAs (Xtend), Creatine, Glutamine, and Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin
I love this time of year: summer is coming, and you can feel it. This feeling always motivates me to get serious about my fatloss diet and shed away the winter pounds. Beach season will be here before you know it!
I’ve got a lot of catching up to do today at work, so I’d better get breakfast going and get started. I enjoyed my time off, but it sure feels great to be back!