The first day of my 2012 cut went extremely well! After several weeks of a junk food-heavy diet and no training it felt awesome to get back to a clean diet and back in the gym.
My last leg workout was all the way back on December 19th, and so I was more than ready to destroy my legs yesterday afternoon. I was obviously well rested, and I also was enjoying the benefits of all the calories and carbs I’d consumed while on break. The workout was outstanding. 🙂
After my shower I had to go upstairs, and I barely made it. My legs felt like Jello. Then, on the way back downstairs, I nearly fell. I was clinging to the banister like an old man. Loki, who is my 16 year old Shepherd mix, flew by me as we came down the stairs and then turned around and looked at me like, “What is your problem?”
One of the things I like to do when I start a cut (especially if I’ve been consuming a lot of junk leading up to it) is really pound the water back. Junk food is typically very high in sodium, and when you consume all that salt your body stores extra water to maintain its preferred sodium balance. That’s why after a heavy splurge meal you’ll often notice a 3-5 pound (or more) weight gain the next morning. Some people think the best way to deal with water weight is to drink less water, but that’s actually completely wrong and will prolong the bloating. The way to get rid of extra water weight is to drink lots and lots of water; doing so will flush the extra sodium from your system, and your body will shed the excess water along with it.
So yesterday I drank a little over 1.5 gallons of water, and one thing I’ve come to expect when my body is shedding water weight is frequent trips to the bathroom. Sure enough, last night I woke up FIVE times to urinate. Sheesh. Thankfully I was so tired from my workout that I fell right back asleep each time. I’m probably looking at one or two more nights like that.
My training this morning is 45 minutes of fasted LISS cardio on my recumbent bike. I’m only doing one LISS session per week (the rest of my cardio is much more challenging) and I put it the day after leg day on purpose. Basically my legs are so fried right now that HIIT or real mountain biking would be practically impossible.
I need to go get on the bike. Train hard, and stay focused!