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    Cutting log

    Hi guys,

    It has been almost exactly a year since my last cut and it is time to do so again. This time around motivation is quite a bit higher as it is done for work. The past year I have learned a lot about different cutting compounds (none of which is used at the beginning of this cut) as intended to use any and all available means to reach this goal. I have a suspicion that I still will have love handles and the fat at the lower back left at 10% and I will decide how to deal with that once I get there if it turns out I am right.

    STARTING STATS - 3/18/2015
    Weight..........: 189.2
    Body fat........: 20.6
    Calorie intake..: ~2007 (~700 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Fat: 28% (~120g), Carb: 17%(~74g), Protein: 56% (~244g)
    Compounds.......: None
    Goal............: Photo shoot sometime around mid September!


    FANCY STATS:
    Fancy stats spreadsheet:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...ae99S8/pubhtml
    Fancy diet spreadsheet.: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...YDKKA4/pubhtml

    I am using a "going up the stairs" approach. As long as I am losing 2-4+ lb/week I am not changing anything. After this stops I will modify things, i.e. add compounds, move around calories or add cardio.

    I will update this post once/week at minimum or whenever I feel like I need some motivation which is bound to happen.


    See you next week or if the motivation slows down even sooner!
    ~t
    Last edited by tarmyg; 06-21-2015 at 11:51 PM. Reason: Updated goal

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    Good luck with that mate! I personally would have started on a milder (15-20%) caloric deficit to be able to keep the momentum, but it's going to work anyway.
    You might want to eat more carbs and less fat, because it is more filling but again it's up to you. I've taken a slower, gradual approach and lost 18lbs so far, but it took me 4 cut, reverse diet, break cycle.

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    Goodluck man!

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    where have you been man!

    glad to see you are starting a log!

    will be following along!

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    Hi,

    Here are the updated stats as of today! I would be lying if I said this first week was easy, as always, it is mostly a mental game but I managed to stay on point every single day. I always only take one day at a time never even thinking about the next weeks weigh-in. Adding cardio this week as I am training for a 110km trek in August of this year.

    STATS - 3/25/2015
    Weight..........: 186.2 (-3.1lb)
    Body fat........: 19.4 (-1.2)
    Calorie intake..: ~2007 (~700 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Fat: 28% (~120g), Carb: 17%(~74g), Protein: 56% (~244g)
    Compounds.......: None
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
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    Good luck with this diet man, I will look forward to keeping an eye on this thread to see how things go for you.. Will you be posting up details of your diet?

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    Are you doing an ultra marathon?

    Or going hiking?

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    Awesome brother!

    Best of luck... Will be following

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duo View Post
    Good luck with this diet man, I will look forward to keeping an eye on this thread to see how things go for you.. Will you be posting up details of your diet?
    Details can be found in my first post.

    Quote Originally Posted by RaginCajun View Post
    Are you doing an ultra marathon?

    Or going hiking?
    This is an 110km hike in the Swedish mountains. You got 72h to complete, I am shooting for 35h. Done this before of course so I know just about where my capabilities are.

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    Awesome brother!

    Best of luck... Will be following
    Thank you, excited to get shredded, or my version of it anyhow :-)

    ~t

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    Nice progress for first week!!

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    Good luck with the cut. I'll be checking in on your progress.

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    Hey t, how's the diet and cutting coming along?? I'm sure you've been hard at it brother!!!

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    Hi,

    Here are the updated stats as of today. Please, NOTE that I was sick for almost three days this past week which made it almost impossible to eat and that is most likely reflected in the drop this week. The body fat measurement is from my "smart scale" so I am not sure how accurate that one is but I am going to keep including it anyway even though it seems to go the other way. I'll run a DEXA scan in a few weeks to see where I really am in regards to body fat.

    STATS - 4/1/2015
    Weight..........: 180.7 (-5.4lb)
    Body fat........: 20.4 (1.4)
    Calorie intake..: ~2007 (~700 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Fat: 28% (~120g), Carb: 17%(~74g), Protein: 56% (~244g)
    Compounds.......: None
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
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    Man, hate gettin sick...

    Good job, t! Sounds like it's all coming together... I think your goals are definitely achievable by your date! Slow and steady, & it'll just start falling off(as you know) once in that groove!

    Best,

    ~Nach

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    Good luck to you! What are you doing for training?

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    Great progress so far keep it up and you will be there in no time. Following GL

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhoag View Post
    Good luck to you! What are you doing for training?
    I run a 5-day split:

    Shoulders and Traps
    Legs
    Triceps and Biceps
    Back
    Chest and Abs

    I do 30 min of elliptical directly after each session and at 4pm I go swimming for 30 min. On top of this I walk 10km with 20kg backpack 2 times/week. It's a bit insane at this time, but it is a temporary craze until I am done cutting and done with my trek in August.

    ~t
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    May i recommend Modafinil, it allows you to stay up up to 72 hours with ZERO loss of motor skills, reflexes, short term memory and performance, it is used by the army for soldiers that have to be able to react to situations with minimal to no sleep, fighter jet pilots etc...its has replace the use of Dextro-amphetamine in the arm as they are much safer with non-addictive properties...you can do it in 28 hours then...LOL...

    Other then that good luck...
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    Hi guys,

    Here are the updated stats for the past week. Had a cheat meal on Easter Sunday which could, potentially, have slowed things a bit. I am removing one egg to lower fat a bit this week. I did notice that I had completely screwed up my calculations and was actually eating around 2,300kcal/day but was still dropping weight. This, in fact, made me very happy as I have much more calories to play around with when I stall.

    I can see a difference in my Abs and Pec area that seems to have lost some fat. The stubborn part, lower end of my back will most likely remain unchanged until the very end.

    STATS - 4/8/2015
    Weight..........: 179.3 (-1.4lb)
    Body fat........: 20.1 (-0.3)
    Calorie intake..: ~2278 (~500 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Fat: 28% (~120g), Carb: 18%(~79g), Protein: 54% (~235g)
    Compounds.......: None
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
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    haha on the calculation screw up, but nice to know that you have some wiggle room

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    Hi,

    Updated my workout due to a soon-to-be-serious shoulder injury (Unless I relax shoulders) and made it into a 6-day split.

    LIFTING:
    Monday - Traps
    Tuesday - Legs
    Wednesday - Triceps and Biceps
    Thursday - Back
    Friday - Chest
    Saturday - Abs


    CARDIO:
    30 min of elliptical directly after lifting plus 20 min of walking on treadmill at 8 incline and 5.8 speed.
    30 min of swimming in the afternoon.
    2x/week 10km walking with 20kg backpack.

    Thanks
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    Hi guys,

    Here are the updated stats for the past week. Had a MASSIVE BREAKDOWN this past Saturday. I honestly have no idea WTF happened but I ate everything in sight and due to this weight stayed the same this week. One week completely wasted :-( To be honest I believe I went too far down in calories combined with the current workload it simply become too much and with a weakened mental state this lead to this glorious failure. However, I have a solution so here are the changes implemented for the next 9 days:

    1. Moving weigh-in to Saturday
    2. Running CKD with carb-up on Saturday (This is why I moved weigh-in to Saturday as the first low-carb days need a few days to settle in and carb-up on weekends suits me better)
    3. Raised calories back to ~2,300 to be able to maintain the workload.

    Next update of this log will be on April 25 to accommodate the new weigh-in schedule.

    STATS - 4/15/2015
    Weight..........: 179.3 (0lb)
    Body fat........: 20.8 (0.7)
    Calorie intake..: ~2000 (~700 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Fat: 28% (~120g), Carb: 18%(~79g), Protein: 54% (~235g)
    Compounds.......: None
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
    ~t

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    CKD should help out

    Need me to come give ya swift kick in the caboose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaginCajun View Post
    Need me to come give ya swift kick in the caboose!
    Might take you up on that if I screw this one up :-)
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    You know how your body reacts better than us... But you eat clean so have you thought about switching your carbs/& fats macros(your fat % to carbs and carb % to fats... I like the high protein obviously... Just a thought, thinking out loud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NACH3 View Post
    You know how your body reacts better than us... But you eat clean so have you thought about switching your carbs/& fats macros(your fat % to carbs and carb % to fats... I like the high protein obviously... Just a thought, thinking out loud!
    I might do this if the latest attempt is not working either. I just burn fat so much better on Keto diet but if I can not stick to it, well, then it does not matter as that, in the end is what is getting the result anyhow.
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    Hi guys,

    I can feel disaster building up already. Maybe my head is not in the right place. Not sure to be honest. I am going to eat at maintenance until next weigh-in and see if I can get my head on straight. I am just walking around cranky as **** and making both my wife and daughters life miserable.

    Next update on Saturday April 25th.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmyg View Post
    Hi guys,

    I can feel disaster building up already. Maybe my head is not in the right place. Not sure to be honest. I am going to eat at maintenance until next weigh-in and see if I can get my head on straight. I am just walking around cranky as **** and making both my wife and daughters life miserable.

    Next update on Saturday April 25th.

    Thanks
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    cranky, def need some carbs! haha!

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    Hi,

    If you ever wanted a super honest log about HOW NOT TO DIET, look not further, as I believe this is a prime example of someone all over the place. Let's review what happened since the last update where I was supposed to eat at maintenance.

    1. Decided to eat at maintenance on 4-16-2015 and that I did, all the way until 4-17-2015 where after eating on schedule until the evening I apparently thought some of my wife's cookies is part of my diet. Also ended up going out to eat dinner with my wife and (I am not making this up) had two dinners plus dessert.
    2. Saturday rolls around so why not put up a BIG **** OFF SIGN to any sort of diet, restraint or even common sense. Let's just see how much can physically fit into my stomach before I feel pain and yes, I ended up almost feeling nauoues.
    3. Sunday, feeling guilty as hell so I ate more "normal" during this day and decided that the following day I had to get this under control.
    4. Monday (Today that is), I decided to stay on a low-calorie diet with the help of Victoza, which works amazingly well in curbing hunger. Not that I was hungry today anyhow after the past few days extravaganza. I also did not eat a single thing except veggies until the evening when I ate all my food during a two hours period.

    See, I am not making any sense whatsoever and just desperately trying new things. I am going to try to stick to this new idea as that might make me happier at night when my wife and daughter is home. But honestly, WTF am I doing? Well, I decided to write all this shit down because honesty is the first part if being accountable and that I something I know I at least can stick to, being honest with myself.

    Let see what next weigh-in have to say if I make it that long!

    ~t

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    We all struggle w/this at times... Remember you have total control of what you need/& want to do! Don't get yourself all worked up(a lot easier said than done) but I think you should stick to a plan(consistancy is everything) don't just go by the scale in the beginning b/c your body is trying to even itself out by w/the deficit you were on... It took me about 2 months b; my body totally started to work w/my diet(I actually gained some weight first but it came off pretty quickly when the body becomes acclimated to it...

    Best of luck my man!!!!

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    Hi Guys,

    Latest update.

    STATS - 4/25/2015
    Weight..........: 178.4 (-0.9lb)
    Body fat........: 20.8 (0)
    Calorie intake..: ~2000 (~700 below TDEE)
    Macro breakdown.: Varied
    Compounds.......: Victoza
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
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    Do you think your body is angry with you for cutting calories 700 under TDEE? Does your body think you are starving? 2 more months to hit 10% - that's one hell of a ride!

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    have you ever used winny? I also found this in an old post on this site used before contest prep. Lean Out by Bev International. I just ordered 2 bottles from amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat View Post
    Do you think your body is angry with you for cutting calories 700 under TDEE? Does your body think you are starving? 2 more months to hit 10% - that's one hell of a ride!
    I do not think so because, in reality, the below 700 TDEE have only been for a couple of weeks and within there I had that massive breakdown. The starving would take quite a while to hit. At the end of the day, it is what it is I hit the percentage I hit and I will have learned something more. For me, I know this is more of a mental failure than anything else and I really just got to man up. Now, that is easy to say not so easy to do but as we always say around here, if it was easy everyone would do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyGymRat View Post
    have you ever used winny? I also found this in an old post on this site used before contest prep. Lean Out by Bev International. I just ordered 2 bottles from amazon.
    I know nothing about this compound. I am sticking to the Victoza until it is not working anymore, but right now it is doing its thing.

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    Hi Guys,

    This was a very different week for me. I literally stopped counting anything and just went by gut feeling and worked my ****ing ass of in the gym (Note, I always go balls to the wall each session, always have). As I have a shoulder that had to rest I did three days of legs, two days to abs, 6 days of cardio (well, eight if we count the two days walking with a backpack) but no swimming. The amazing thing, I still burned fat on a level that I am satisfied with. Going to keep this up for another week and see if results are the same because if I can burn fat but not live a miserable life, I will go with that any day. I mean, I am not shooting for stage, just a good beach look :-)

    STATS - 5/2/2015
    Weight..........: 176.5 (-1.9lb)
    Body fat........: 21.1 (The BF measure on this scale is beyond ridiculous)
    Calorie intake..: Flex eating
    Macro breakdown.: Varied
    Compounds.......: Victoza
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Thanks
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    Hi,

    Here are the latest values. Down 1.5lb which I am satisfied with considering I am not counting anything and just ballparking it. Going to take one week of the Victoza as I can feel it is losing its potency. I might need to tighten up some parts of the diet a bit but I will see that on next weeks weigh-in. No point in changhing something that seems to be working.

    STATS - 5/9/2015
    Weight..........: 175.0 (-1.5lb)
    Body fat........: Scale is just making me angry. Not using it anymore for BF.
    Calorie intake..: Flex eating
    Macro breakdown.: Varied
    Compounds.......: Victoza
    Goal............: ~10% by 7/1/2015 (Diet stops on this date regardless)


    Workout this past week looked like this:

    Monday - Shoulders, Traps and Abs, 30min elliptical, 30min treadmill, 30min swimming
    Tuesday - Legs and Chest, 30min elliptical, 30min treadmill
    Wednesday - Biceps and Triceps, 30min elliptical, 30min treadmill, 30min swimming
    Thursday - Back, 30min elliptical, 30min treadmill, 60km walking with 15kg backpack.
    Friday - Chest, 30min elliptical, 30min treadmill

    Thanks
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    I haven't noticed any change in victoza. Been dosing at 1.8.

    3.3 was Approved to treat morbidly obese

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    Looks like something is working!

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