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Unread 03-17-2017, 12:23 PM
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Looks like this is going to be another crappy feeling day. Hunger always comes with a nauseous feeling.
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Unread 03-17-2017, 12:37 PM
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Sounds like you're at the stage while dieting starts to become much harder (below 15%).
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Unread 03-18-2017, 08:25 AM
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Sounds like you're at the stage while dieting starts to become much harder (below 15%).
Definitely. I was hoping I was like the blessed few out there that can seem to go all the way to 12% BF without running into this, but for me it popped up literally at the 15% mark.

I noticed it last year before Christmas. I did a simple 8 week run of straight deficit and a refeed (5-7hrs) on Saturdays. It was to end on Christmas Eve. I didn't lose weight after the third week. I thought at the time that maybe it was lack of bowel movements or maybe I'd eventually have a woosh, but no.
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Unread 03-18-2017, 08:42 AM
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2017

Average Week 0: 80.56kg/177.6lbs
Average Week 1: 79.00kg/174.2lbs (-1.56kg/-3.4lbs)
Average Week 2: 78.01kg/172.0lbs (-0.99kg/-2.2lbs)
Average Week 3: 78.34kg/172.7lbs (+0.33kg/+0.70lbs)
Average Week 4: 77.17kg/170.13lbs (-1.17kg/-2.57lbs)
Average Week 5: 78.34kg/172.71lbs (+1.17kg/+2.58lbs) [Maintenance Week 1]
Average Week 6: 78.46kg/172.97lbs (+0.12kg/+0.26lbs) [Maintenance Week 2]
Average Week 7: 76.92kg/169.58lbs (-1.54kg/-3.39lbs)
Average Week 8: 76.13kg/167.84lbs (-0.79kg/-1.74lbs)
Average Week 9: 76.76kg/169.23lbs (+0.63kg/+1.39lbs)
Average Week 10: 75.13kg/165.63lbs (-1.63kg/-3.60lbs)

This was a rough week and I get my refeeds - then onto maintenance.This was a pure hormonal crash week. The only reason I reached my weight goal was the fact that my weight was 75.2kg at the start of the week, but it just bounced around by near a kg each day - even though I eat the exact same things every single day.

Oddly enough, before the start of refeed today I went to the gym. I felt very "swole" in like a literal sense. My muscles just felt... full. First time I've seen my bicep vein show up through my t-shirt sleeve. As I'm typing this, I'm just finishing off my breakfast - which is around 1500 calories.

I was fortunate enough to take measurements this morning.



So the BF% is being done with the US Navy Test. Obviously not the most accurate, but shows progress. Sometimes it's really hard for me to gauge BF%. I have loose skin and on my stomach there is almost like a sag that starts just above my belly button and fat slides down into it - almost creating this sort of mini gut.

It's weird. Upper abs are there, saggy skin fat build up below - and also I'm lean enough for my serratus to show up. It's becoming quite apparent that my ideal aesthetic may not be possible - at least through pure BF% and I just need time for skin to catch up.
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Unread 03-18-2017, 08:47 AM
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I've been putting some thought into my future now. Dieting is becoming really crappy now. It almost feels like I have much further to go. And I'm getting sort of alarmed at how small I'm getting.

I aimed at 74kg this year, which I estimated would be ~12% BF. I'll still meet that and I should only require a two week run to meet it. So no big deal. I don't think I'll pursue past that. My weight will fall into the 150's... and as a 6'-0" male, I just feel small.

I'll put more thought into this over my maintenance period now... though that typically makes me feel more optimistic about dieting.

Also planning to do 3 weeks of maintenance this time.
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Unread 03-20-2017, 06:35 PM
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Finished off my refeed weekend and I'm settling into maintenance. I feel great. It's like there's been a shot of energy given to me.

I also made some ribs and I tried a new recipe. It was extremely salty, which led to by far the largest bump in water weight I've ever experienced. Over 4kg. Crazy.
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Unread 03-20-2017, 07:12 PM
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If I was to take a guess on BF%... roughly 13.5%. I don't have an exact number because it's honestly something I'm not interested in. I do the US Navy Test to get a rough idea of progress. It seemed to be accurate with a past BodPod test I had done. I literally started to run into the hormone issues at around 15%.

20% BF at 240lbs... you'll be jacked! All the best on your progress.

Jacked? Maybe I am underestimating my fatness.. far from jacked LOL
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Unread 03-22-2017, 02:54 PM
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Maintenance is going well. Still haven't shed a lot of the water from my weekend salt event, but no big deal. I just love being full of energy. I've actually been following these yoga guides on Instagram to try different things. I know it sounds weird, but doing headstands and such is this extra component of what I want from myself. I want to be an all around athlete and doing this sort of stuff is part of it.

So I've found myself doing crow poses and tripod headstands into a crow landing. The forearm headstand I'm finding tough to balance with.

Anyway, all is good. Energy levels are up. Sex drive is up. Attitude is up. The weather is getting warmer and more inviting. Maintenance makes life good lol.
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Unread 03-23-2017, 11:33 AM
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Need to reign in my eating a bit. I haven't gone off the rails or anything, I'm just eating liberally. It's not crazy, but definitely in a surplus.

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I've been putting some thought into this while on maintenance. This journal will soon be coming to an end. I think I've reached the limits, for now, when it comes to how far I'll go with cutting.

I'm not necessarily where I want to be. That's not to say the future can't have another cut. I could be mentally tired of doing this for so long. My body really fights me now with deficits. What once used to be a tolerable grind has turned into stubborn progression and crappy feelings. A period of time not dropping weight should be good for me.

I'll do one last run of deficit to meet the goal I set out at the first of the year, 74kg, which should put my BF% roughly at 12.5%. Depending on my weight over maintenance, this should take me roughly 2 weeks of deficit to accomplish. I debated whether I should do a more moderate approach for this last little bit (maybe an every other day type diet), but I think just getting it over with is best.

At that point I plan to retire this journal. I'll start a new one. I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish into the future. Figuring this out almost seems difficult just because cutting has been such a big part of my life over the last few years (nearly 150lbs lost). I at least have a few ideas of what I want to focus on.

1. Develop a better relationship with food. I'm not exactly sure how to do this, but despite all the weight I've successfully lost, I still love to eat and this isn't a positive attribute because I can still pack in a lot of calories.

I may just have to accept that I need to monitor food for the rest of my life, but I don't want to be in a position of such rigid rules.

2. Develop my all around athlete skills. As much as I love weight lifting, it isn't entirely what I'm looking for. I want to be strong, flexible, high stamina and posses some degree of gymnast like skills.

Some of this I know what to do and other aspects I'm not as confident.

3. Develop routines for the above. One great skill I have is the ability to follow mundane routine. Limber 11 is something I now do every day. It's good for my back, but at it's core - it's a mobility improver. Coming up with routines that develop the 'all around athlete' will be good.

There's probably a few other items I want to accomplish, but can't really think of it now. So these are some of the things on my mind as of late and what I'm planning to do. I'll probably stick with maintenance for a little while. Maybe a slow bulk or a slow deficit further along. Who knows.
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Unread 03-25-2017, 11:20 AM
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2017

Average Week 0: 80.56kg/177.6lbs
Average Week 1: 79.00kg/174.2lbs (-1.56kg/-3.4lbs)
Average Week 2: 78.01kg/172.0lbs (-0.99kg/-2.2lbs)
Average Week 3: 78.34kg/172.7lbs (+0.33kg/+0.70lbs)
Average Week 4: 77.17kg/170.13lbs (-1.17kg/-2.57lbs)
Average Week 5: 78.34kg/172.71lbs (+1.17kg/+2.58lbs) [Maintenance Week 1]
Average Week 6: 78.46kg/172.97lbs (+0.12kg/+0.26lbs) [Maintenance Week 2]
Average Week 7: 76.92kg/169.58lbs (-1.54kg/-3.39lbs)
Average Week 8: 76.13kg/167.84lbs (-0.79kg/-1.74lbs)
Average Week 9: 76.76kg/169.23lbs (+0.63kg/+1.39lbs)
Average Week 10: 75.13kg/165.63lbs (-1.63kg/-3.60lbs)
Average Week 11: 77.94kg/171.83lbs (+2.81kg/+6.20lbs) [Maintenance Week 1]

A good week of maintenance. Feels amazing to have the calories. Aside from the initial pop in weight from an exceptionally salty ribs recipe I tried (I won't be doing it again), my weight has stabilized. Weather has been nice too, so I've been getting a lot more walking in. I'm still sticking with the M,W,F - Lower/Upper weight regime. Two more weeks of maintenance left.

So this has been on my mind and thought maybe I should post about it. I may create a thread for it somewhere it'll get more attention, but feel free to comment your thoughts.

I feel like I may have some sort of unhealthy body image issue. It's not like body dysmorphia, as I'm not obsessed with it - but none the less similar without being OCD about it. Basically, I look at myself in the mirror and I'm not happy with where I'm at - in particular with my ab area. I know I'm lean, but I'm not getting to that place. And it could be about excess skin in the mid section. When I'm wearing clothes I think I look great. I often shock myself with how vascular I am in the arms and legs (especially the legs).

In good lights I think I'm close and than other times it's just like I'm above 25% body fat. Am I just imagining this sort of thing? Or am I just hard on myself and look for the imperfections? I know that I'm reaching literal limits for myself. At 6'-0", I know my weight can't go down too much more before I'm just some leaned out stick (which is disappointing for someone that has weight lifted on and off for years).

Does anyone else get these feelings with their pursuit of better aesthetics?
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