01/11/2014 Check – In Month 5

First thoughts;

  • Stronger
  • Leaner
  • More focused
  • Happy

This week I have been looking at myself in the mirror for the first time in a while and I took a few pics to compare with some older pictures.

 

Trying to pose my back better…

 

 

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Body fat

Pic on the left is when I was at my peak cut in May. Pic on the right is now. I am clearly holding a bit more body fat now, but for the extra strength I have compared to when I cut, my daily attitude, focus and general well-being is incredibly better than then.

My diet is simple now and I do not do any cardio specific exercise. I eat what I feel like eating and this is determined on how my body feels at that moment in time. I won’t use the word bulking for what I’m doing, as I have done that many times in the past and just got fatter and fatter without gaining any strength. This time I am listening to my body and It seems to work well.

The word bulking is another way for me to say it’s time to relax, eat junk and palm on a ton of excess body fat and to be lazy with food. I’m not saying bulking is bad, but for me personally, a sensible diet is much more rewarding! If I had an extra 1000 calories a day I don’t think I would of gained much extra muscle anyway. I have always tried it before so that’s why I am confident to speak like this.

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Legs

My legs have always been my most hated part of my body. The majority of my fat was held around my upper legs, stomach and bottom. This is something I know psychologically and now my mind has been programmed to push beyond my limits to improve them . I’m not saying that I have great legs, I’m simply saying that I’m slowly improving at my own rate.

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I’m looking forward to progressing in all areas, but I’m mainly looking forward to cutting my body fat as far as I possibly can for May. Before then though, I would love to hit a 400kg leg press just for the hell of it. Dropping my body fat seems to be the rewarding part and I hope that I have a much better head start this time and a better understanding of how to eat a bit better to help my cut.

Skin fold

  1. 8mm
  2. 8mm
  3. 12mm

Bits this month

  • 350kg leg press
  • 140kg deadlift for 6 (at end of back, biceps and triceps session)
  • Failed 180kg deadlift  (at end of back, biceps and triceps session)

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 Future Goals

Ok, I am looking forward to competing next year in any show. I’m doing what I have to do to be what will hopefully be my best and that’s what it’s all about. I am planning on giving it 100% to my knowledge and I have been planning it for a long time as I wanted to compete before the end of my 30th year.

Travelling, with FIBO a couple of weeks before the competition and BodyPower the week after the competition, we have a lot going on. I really do enjoy the expos and so it is going to be hard staying focused on competing. Nutrition is going to be very hard!

Whatever happens, I can always do my own pictures at home again like I did this year and compete in a natural show in July. I just want to compete in May as that’s my goal.

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