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Finish line in sight…

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

I can see it!

I can see it!

It’s a somewhat unusual (but good!) feeling to be as lean as I am and so close to the end of my cut in early March.

This morning I weighed in at 176 pounds, which is 1.2 pounds lighter than I was when posted my usual weekly progress report this past Sunday. I suspect that by this Sunday I’ll be around 175 pounds and 6% body fat, maybe even lower.

Regardless of what my stats are on Sunday, I will not be stopping my cut just yet. My primary goal is to get as light as possible without sacrificing strength. Merely maintaining my strength through this cut would have been satisfactory as I pursued my primary goal, but I’ve managed to do much better than that: I’ve continuously set strength personal records for my body weight on every single exercise I’m doing. Each week I get lighter, and I set the strength bar higher. In fact, every workout last week and again this week has been record-breaking.

So my cut will continue at least through the 18th and, if my strength continues to hold out, even a week or two more.

Maximum results require maximum effort, and I refuse to settle for less than the best I have to give. That attitude has served me well over the past decade, and it’s one of the main reasons I do not fail.

For nine straight weeks I’ve been unwavering in my commitment to reaching my goals, and I can say with 100% honesty that I’ve put everything I have into this cut. I’ve not consumed a single bite off my planned diet, I’ve completely abstained from alcohol, I go to bed early every night and I train very hard seven days per week (3 day weight training/4 days cardio) without fail. No excuses, no middle ground and no compromises.

Some people might read that and think, “Bah, life is too short! Screw that!”

Whatever, I’ve never felt better in my life than I do right now. There is nothing more satisfying to me than working hard and reaching goals. Nothing.

And fun? I’m having a blast! Fitness is fun if you’re doing it right. For a long time the actual act of transformation (fat loss, muscle building) was the main reason I trained. Over the years, however, I realized that training just to stay in shape was losing its luster. Bodybuilding just wasn’t for me, and I was honest enough with myself to admit that.

Eating and training to become better at sports or other physical activities you enjoy is, in my opinion, the real key to living an active, sustainable healthy life.

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