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Daily updates resume; 2009 cut reboot.

Monday, April 6, 2009 by  
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I’m back, and back to stay. This past month has been a difficult one, and I don’t think I could have made it without the support of my family and friends. Thank you all so much.

Now, let’s get back to business…

Well, I suppose the best place to start is to take stock of my present situation. As one would reasonably expect, a month with no training, lack of consistent sleep, high amounts of stress and an absolutely terrible diet (many missed meals, alcohol and unhealthy foods) exacts a toll on the body. I’ve put on some fat, and lost some muscle. I’ll go over the data in detail now, but I want to preface that by saying that I’ve decided to re-start my 2009 cut as of today.

My scale weight this morning is 217.2 pounds. That’s only a couple of pounds difference, and about five pounds of that is bloat from this past weekend (I decided to have a “free” weekend knowing that I was going to re-start my cut this morning). The problem is I’ve lost some muscle, so – as always – scale weight is deceiving and fails to tell the full story. That’s why body fat calipers and tape measurements are so important.

My body fat reading this morning is 14.6% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). Ouch. That’s almost a full point higher than it was at the end of my 2008 bulk. I’ve definitely got some work ahead of me!

My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) complete the picture: since the end of my 2008 bulk I’ve added a half inch each to my waist and my hips; I’ve lost a full inch from my quads, a half inch from my arms, a quarter inch from my calves and a half inch from my chest. It hurts to type that, but those are the facts.

All my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

Well, there’s nothing I can do now but pick myself up off the floor, dust myself off and start moving relentlessly towards my goal. I’m looking forward to getting my life back to normal, eating healthy and training hard. Also, I’ve missed my daily JSF updates quite a lot. It feels great to be sitting here with my coffee, typing away and doing what I love again.

On that note, train hard, and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! 🙂

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