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I’m making some changes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

April
21
2009

As most regular readers of this site know, I’m an “all or nothing” type of person; I seem to thrive when I commit myself to something 100%. So, in the case of cutting body fat, that means no cheat meals and no alcohol for the duration of the cut. The “all or nothing” method has served me very well in the past, but this time around it’s completely draining me. I suspect that I’m feeling this way because of my recent thoughts about finding balance between my fitness program and the rest of my life. I just re-read my April 16 update, and I noticed that there was sort of desperate tone to my writing when I was talking about completing this cut…

The other day I was invited out to dinner. Of course I instantly declined (“I’m cutting right now, I can’t”). In fact, when I turned down the offer my response was so instinctive that I did not even consciously consider the invite. The woman who invited me out to eat asked if I was preparing for a contest of some sort, and when I told her that I wasn’t, she looked completely perplexed. Shortly after this exchange took place, I started feeling, well… sad. Is this really how I want to lead my life?

You know what? Life’s short. Why should I wait until after I complete this cut to start restoring some symmetry to my existence? The clear answer is that I shouldn’t. There is no reason why I can’t reach my goals while occasionally enjoying dinner and drinks with friends, or some popcorn with a movie on the weekends. All things in moderation. I’ll still get where I want to go, and I’ll have a lot more fun along the way.

Along the same lines, I’ve also been thinking about my target body fat goal of 6%. I had to ask myself, “Why do you want to get down to 6% body fat?” I tried, but I couldn’t come up with a good answer. I’ve said from the beginning that I have absolutely no interest in maintaining such a low level of body fat, I’ve already reached that goal before and getting down to 6% body fat is going to require 100% strict dieting – and probably an extra month of cutting. I plan to maintain at around 8% body fat, so that should be my goal, not 6%.

So there are going to be some changes, starting now. I’ll still be following my cutting diet as written, but I’ll be having a cheat meal or snack if the opportunity arises and I’m so inclined. Hopefully I can prove to myself that there’s more than one path to success.

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