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Day 1 progress report; No more bulking and cutting for me?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
7
2009

Yesterday was a very successful return to the fitness arena. All my meals were on-plan (here’s my 2009 cutting diet), and I really enjoyed the healthy foods after all the junk I ate over the weekend. To help flush out my system I drank even more water than usual (close to two gallons), and some of the water weight I was holding is already starting to go away (down almost 2 pounds overnight). I had a good leg workout, but my strength is definitely down and I had to fight through some lethargy. I slept better last night than I have in many weeks. I did wake up approximately 327 times to urinate, but at least I fell back sleep immediately each time. I’m sure my strength and energy levels will improve as I move forward.

I know this is a bit of a random time to bring this up, but the past few days I’ve been thinking (again) about the cutting and bulking that I normally do every year. I’m really starting to develop a distaste for this style of training. After I get my body fat back down to 6% this year, I don’t think I’m going to do any kind of formal “bulking” or “cutting” in the foreseeable future. I know my traps and maybe a couple other muscle groups are lagging a bit, but overall I’m happy with the amount of muscle I have. In fact, now that I look at my 2008 bulking photographs at a “distance”, I don’t even want to be that big. I think my focus after this cut is going to be slow, steady progress in an effort to improve my overall symmetry while remaining below 8% body fat. Of course the #1 goal is health, and I want to add to that balance. There really is never any balance for me because I’m pretty much always cutting and bulking. I’m going to change that.

Hey, be sure to check out The April Transformation Spotlight of the Month (immediately below this update)! Euan has done an amazing job with his transformation, and I know you will all be inspired by his story.

Breakfast time!

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