2014 cutting goal reached!
When I started my 2014 cutting program 53 days ago, my scale weight was 185.4 pounds and my body fat percentage was 12.3%.
Yesterday I posted that I only had one pound to go before I reached my 2014 cut goal of 160 pounds. I knew with almost all certainty that I’d reach my goal by Sunday, but I didn’t expect to reach it the very next day. This is what I saw when I stepped on the scale this morning (click to enlarge):
26 pounds, gone. I just went into my gym, picked up a 25-pound dumbbell and smiled. I won’t be carrying that up any more hills. 🙂
My body fat is somewhere in the 6% range, but I’m going to wait until my usual day (Sunday) to take a body fat reading. In fact, even though I’ve reached my goal I’ve decided to continue my cut until Sunday. This Sunday I’ll take “final” soft tape measurements, a body fat reading and my scale weight. Of course even after my cut ends I will still do a comprehensive set of stats every Sunday as I maintain throughout the year.
Well before my 2014 cut started I set the plan, and from the word “Go!” I have refused to waiver from it. 100% dedication and commitment, no excuses. My “all or nothing” approach guarantees maximum results in the shortest time. When I see something I want, I don’t stop until it is mine.
The hard work was worth it. I feel amazing, and I am lighter and faster on the bike than ever before. Now that my scale weight is where I want it, I can slowly resume eating at maintenance level. I believe my continued hard training combined with my lighter weight are going to make me the strongest and fastest I’ve ever been on a bike by a wide margin.
Instead of a post-cut celebratory cheat meal (I have no desire for one), I am going to do something far more productive: this morning I’m going to make a doctor’s appointment. I want to have a complete physical and blood work done. I’ll report the data here once I have it.
Even though I’ve reached my goal, I think I’m going to raise my calories back to maintenance very slowly. Despite being in a caloric deficit for nearly two months, my energy levels continue to be outstanding. Yesterday I did a 110 kilometer hilly (~3,000 feet elevation) group ride with some very strong riders; I felt like a machine, setting eight new personal records. This morning my legs feel perfectly normal. I can’t even tell that I rode yesterday.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I’m unofficially shooting for 155 pounds. Five less pounds is five less pounds to lug up the hills. 🙂