2014 cut weekly progress report: week #2
Week #2 of my 2014 cutting program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report.
For much more information on how I’m going about this cut, please check out this blog.
You can find my complete food logs for this cut on MyFitnessPal.
Tools of the trade
This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week
My scale weight this morning (as measured by the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale) is 177.8 pounds. That’s a -1.4 pound change since last week’s weight of 179.2 pounds, and a -7.6 pound change from my 2014 cut starting weight of 185.4 pounds.
My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Caliper) is 10.9%. That’s a -0.7% change since last week’s body fat measurement of 11.6%, and a -1.4% change from my 2014 cut starting body fat measurement of 12.3%.
Over the past week I’ve lost 1.41 pounds of fat and gained 0.01 pounds of lean mass; since the beginning of my 2014 cut I’ve lost a total of 3.42 pounds of fat and lost a total of 4.18 pounds of lean mass.
My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) indicate a quarter inch loss from my waist, a quarter inch loss from my thighs and a quarter inch loss from my hips; all other measurements are unchanged. Since the beginning of my 2014 cut I’ve lost a half inch from my hips, a quarter inch from my waist and a quarter inch from my thighs; all other measurements are unchanged.
Another excellent week of progress: 1.4 pounds of pure fat burned away, and no lean mass loss whatsoever. I’m also very happy to see reductions in my primary fat storage areas (waist, hips, thighs). I could tell from my reflection in the mirror that I’d noticeably slimmed this week, but it’s always nice to have hard data to reinforce something that is somewhat subjective.
For the entire duration of this cut, in this section I’m going to sound like a broken record.** Here it is anyway. Diet this week was ultra-clean. No splurge meals or snacks, and nothing off my planned cutting menu (you can check out my complete food logs on MyFitnessPal).
** Kids, this is an obscure reference to flat disks made from a petroleum-based plastic that were once a popular method of enjoying music. These analog spinning platters were fairly fragile, and would sometimes become inadvertently scratched. Unfortunately a scratch would often cause the stylus to skip backwards, creating an unintentional locked groove that would repeat the same 1.8 seconds of track (at 33 1/3 rpm) over and over again. This unfortunate condition gave rise to the idiom “…sounds like a broken record”. Thank you for your attention during this loquacious explanation; you can go back to your Snapchat and Vines now. And get the hell off my lawn.
To drink I consumed only water (about 1.5 gallons per day), 2 cups of black coffee each morning and a cup of warm Yogi Bedtime tea in the evening before bed.
Activity level this past week was high. So far this week (Monday – Saturday) I’ve cycled all six days for a total of 190 kilometers, and I’ll be riding today as well. My riding streak continues, and I have ridden every single day in 2014. I’m going to easily exceed 1,000 kilometers for the month.
I performed one weight training workout, which was comprised of several compound exercises and more painful ab rollouts. This week I went very heavy.
I’m very happy with this week’s progress. My energy levels have been outstanding, surprisingly so. I am going to proactively trim my caloric intake slightly next week.