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
DAY 4 WEEK 9 – 122.1lbs / 13%bf
Nearly 9 completed weeks of:
- 6 days weekly cardio and weight lifting – 1 rest day weekly
- 7 days weekly eating 100% clean – within my calorie and macro counts – implementing a carb cycle in week 4 – progressing said carb cycle weekly (high carb day every 3 days / 4 days / 5 days / 6 days)
- One big old cheat night after my first photo shoot (exactly 1 week ago today) to refeed and relax
So here I am after nearly 9 full weeks – how am I feeling?
Last week, in the last 2 days of my 6 day carb cycle, my cardio hit a wall. This was because my quads are big, they are heavy, and when they are depleted, man alive do I feel it. I managed to get through my weight lifting giving 100%, but my cardio took a big hit. I simply couldn’t complete it when I my quads just wouldn’t fire for me. I tried, but only ever managed to get 10 minutes in before I had to walk away.
Knowing I was the lightest and leanest I’d ever been at 124lbs and 14% bf kept me from panicking. Also knowing that I was 2 days out was a huge comfort, a lot of pros stop training at this point as they start to lower their water intake before a shoot / competition, so I knew the fact I had the physical energy to train in the first place was a luxury.
Since having my big old post-shoot-cheat-night, my body and brain are back to their best. A nice reminder that there is a time, place and purpose for a big fat cheat meal.
I have to say that I am shocked at how physically, cognitively, hormonally and emotionally at ease I am given 9 weeks of 100% mental and physical effort. I’ve never done this for so long before, and I am extremely content.
However, like always, KNOWING the end is near is playing HAVOC with my cravings.
I know that in a few short days I will be done with my shoots, and I will allow myself 1 great big cheat night before starting my new plan. This means that ALL I think about now is said cheat night, and it is really annoying.
My new plan will see me SLOWLY and PROGRESSIVELY decrease my cardio and increase my calories and macros over the course of a few weeks. The goal is to get my metabolism up and stable, and get my muscle nice and fed before May, when I will start my next lean prep.
4 days out, and then the next journey begins!