DAY 1 WEEK 1 – 137lbs / 20.1% bf
DAY 1 WEEK 2 – 135.5lbs
DAY 1 WEEK 3 – 134.4lbs / 18% bf
DAY 1 WEEK 4 – 132.5lbs
DAY 1 WEEK 5 – 129.9lbs
DAY 1 WEEK 6 – 127.6lbs
DAY 1 WEEK 7 – 126.3lbs / 14.8% bf
DAY 1 WEEK 8 – 124lbs
I have now completed 7 full weeks of:
- 6x weekly cardio sessions
- 6x weekly weight lifting sessions
- Eating 100% clean
- Slowly moving into a progressive carb cycle (the last 3 weeks)
- 0 cheats, clean carb refeed days only
The longest prep I have ever done was 5.5 weeks, so this is new territory for me, and here’s what I have discovered…
Longer preps are mentally easier. There is time to implement changes, room to manoeuvre, space to stay calm.
However, longer preps are physically the exact same experience. The lead up and the last week, whether that’s week 5 or week 7, is always the last week…
Because of that ‘peak week’ carb cycle – that last ditch attempt to burn fat – my body is now depleted. For me personally, this manifests itself in my quads. They are weak. They are heavy as lead. Walking up stairs is basically an opportunity for my legs to say TIME FOR CARBS NOW!
It sounds minor, but it’s not. It’s unpleasant and exhausting.
This is where I want to talk about carbohydrates…
Yes I carb cycle, every 4th day and eventually leading up to that 7th peak day, over the course of a few weeks, in order to burn fat while continuing to feed my muscles and train hard. But this is as far as I would ever go re carb depletion…
The fact of the matter is, if you train, especially if you lift weights, but cardio bunnies also, your muscles need carbohydrates.
By all means keep them clean – oats, rice, potato etc…
By all means cycle them…
But unless you are super carb sensitive, PLEASE keep them in your diet.
On top of the unpleasant physical feelings of depletion, the visuals aren’t great either. You look and feel flat and soft, both when you train and when you look in the mirror.
There are some amazing arguments for ketosis, especially when it comes to aesthetics, but if you want to train like a BOSS instead of a tortured soul, EAT CARBS.
I have 2 days left until my shoot, so at this point everything is 100% for aesthetic results…
I will slowly decrease my water intake and increase my carbohydrates.
I will have short, sharp training sessions IF I feel up to it, but I’m not going to push, all the hard work is done now.
I want to take a minute to say thank you, everyone, for your amazing messages and support.
I LOVE what I do, it’s fun, and I know I’m good at it.
But like EVERYTHING in life, there are tough days, mentally, physically, internally or externally.
I know I can rant, but the amount of support I get from you lot is PHENOMENAL, and for anyone who has every written a kind word to me or about me, THANK YOU.
It really does help.
Cruise control time…