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All or nothing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
9
2008

I feel incredibly positive about my cutting progress so far this year, and my motivation and drive are as high as they have ever been. Even though I’m in a caloric deficit and losing fat, my strength and endurance in the gym are both increasing with each and every workout. Clearly muscle memory is playing a significant role in my strength gains (I’m still not even close to my past personal bests), but I also believe that my 100% “clean” diet, my enthusiasm, my regular sleep habits and total abstinence from alcohol have all combined to create extremely fertile ground for progress.

I think a big part of the reason I thrive whenever I choose to adopt an “all or nothing” approach is because I can’t stand the thought of running on just five cylinders when I know I could just as well be running on all eight. Almost anyone who’s ever embarked on a cut or bulk will tell you that seeing progress is an absolute rush! Tangible results help keep our motivation levels high and reward us for our hard work. When I know I’m doing everything in my power to reach my goal, the progress comes faster and more regularly than it otherwise would. My attitude right now is, “If it’s not helping me reach my goal, then it’s hurting me.”

I’ll admit that adapting to a rigid, cheat meal-free diet and an excuse-free training schedule takes some serious grit – especially for the first couple of weeks. However, for me the rewards quickly outweigh any desire I have to slack off. I liken my “all or nothing” approach to a snowball rolling down a mountain: that snowball may not start off as much at all, but if it is able to survive long enough to gain some momentum it’s going to quickly grow stronger and faster. Before long, that little snowball is all but unstoppable!

So, I guess what I’m really saying is that I’m a large ball of rolling frozen water.

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