I’ve decided to continue to maintain through the remainder of 2009, and will start a “formal” cut on Monday, January 4, 2010. I will be cutting down to at least 8% body fat. Of course I will document the entire cut here on JSF: meal plans, training program, measurements, body fat readings, photographs – the whole nine yards. I think it’s going to be a fun and challenging cut, and I’m looking forward to it!
On the subject of maintaining, I’m very pleased that pretty much for the first time since I made my initial transformation in 2003 I’ve been able to maintain my strength and body fat level without tracking calories, worrying about eating every 3 hours, begining 100% strict with my diet and so on. After all those years of “all or nothing” it seems I’ve finally figured out how to live a healthy lifestyle without depriving myself. I’m confident that once I complete my upcoming cut I’ll be able to maintain sub-10% body fat levels with these recently acquired “skills”.
I’m in a fantastic mood this morning. Not just because it’s Friday (and I still have a job), either: it’s the incredible weekend forecast! We’re finally going to get some relief from the non-stop heat and humidly! Clear skies with lows around 50 degrees and highs in the mid-70s. This will not be a movie weekend. I’ll be outside as much as possible!
I’ve opened the November “100 Challenge” for entry. Details are immediately below this update.
Registration for the November 2009 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EST) on November 1, 2009 if you plan to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS! To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be activated, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the November 2009 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part!