The Cons of Cutting

Guess who can’t dead lift 60kg anymore? This girl. Not being able to lift a past PR would usually get to me, but not this time. I have a new challenge now to get back to that strength (i’m giving myself 25 days to accomplish this).

Having struggles when lifting is a common thing when you cut for a long time, so i’m not surprised. It is annoying, though.

My plan is to keep sticking to 55kg as my max lift, and once I can at least pull for 6 reps at that weight i’m going to try getting back to 60.

Things will constantly try to push you off track. PR’s get lost, people don’t believe in you, you don’t feel motivated to workout. But you keep going anyway.

Why?

Cause giving up is never an option, cause soon you’ll have a better PR, and you don’t need people to believe in you. You can do it yourself. Sometimes I lose all my motivation completely. But I put my gloves on anyways, suck it up and just lift. 

Obstacles are placed to test your determination. Don’t fail. 

Pri

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How to beat cravings.

I’ve probably written a post with a similar title a year ago. But I have something different to say this time.

So let’s say you’re craving something that you’ve mentally labeled as ‘bad food’. Pizza, lasagna, cake, bags of chocolate. Whatever it is. You’ve been craving it since you woke up, and now you’re trying to control yourself. You find healthier replacements of the food and you distract yourself and just tell the kid inside you to quiet down cause you really don’t want to give in. What if I told you to just eat what you’re craving?

Go ahead, order the pizza, bake the cake, open up the bag of chocolate. Now, what you don’t do is binge on what you’ve been craving. Eat 2 slices or a small to medium portion of whatever it is, and PLEASE don’t feel guilty about eating it. One of the reasons I promote IIFYM so much is because it’s all about balance and zero restrictions. Eat whatever you please in moderation and if it fits your macros but also remember to eat your salad and oatmeal and everything labeled healthy.

You’re probably craving something right now, aren’t you? Go for it. You have my blessing.

Pri

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Also, on a side note, I got braces. Which means I do have food restrictions (goodbye, popcorn.) and it gets really tricky hitting my macros sometimes. But I guess it’ll all be worth it when I have nice teeth :p

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New Workout Split

It’s been at least a year since i’ve changed my workout split (or maybe less, I like to exaggerate).

I’m going to be following this new split as soon as I get back to my weights. Now, this isn’t a conventional split. This is going to be more squat and deadlift focussed because I want to focus more on main lifts rather than having accessory work take the spotlight.

Day 1: Squats + conditioning for shoulders and triceps. I’ll be doing 6 sets (reps would depend on the weight. If i’m doing high weight then i’m going lower for the reps). Right now my squat is at 25-27kg due to my lack of a squat rack. That rhyme was an accident, I swear. I’ll be doing either fast paced squats, or slow/deep squats to really feel the burn.

Day 2: conditioning + back and biceps. Conditioning is basically like circuit training.

Day 3: deadlifts. Since this is my heaviest lift, i’m not pairing it with anything else. I’ll be doing 6-8 sets of deadlifts, increasing the weight as the set progresses.

Day 4: total upper body

Day 5: Deadlifts

Day 6: Squats + conditioning.

Then after a rest day (or maybe two rest days), i’ll repeat the cycle. This split is far more intense than my previous one due to the conditioning and leg-intensive work. If I was reverse dieting I would just have 1 conditioning workout per week.

Can’t wait for the quad and hamstring gains.

Pri

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Day 5L

Re-feeds

We’ve all had that moment during a cut where we feel too fatigued to even check if our abs are making an appearance yet. The fatigue is caused by depleted glycogen and leptin levels which makes you feel tired. When this happens, it’s time for a re-feed. Now, a re-feed is not the same as a cheat day where you mindlessly inhale anything on a fast-food menu. You basically eat till you full-fill your maintenance macros (usually high carb, low fat) so you can replenish glycogen levels. Re-feeds are vital during your cut if you want to keep having effective workouts. It’s not going to ruin your progress, I promise. You might be a bit bloated the next day but it won’t last.

I still haven’t had a re-feed but when I do i’ll be ready to demolish 280C/45F/91P and 1900 calories.

Can’t wait :p

Pri

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It’s Been 2 Years. Almost.

I realised my two year anniversary for the blog is coming up. Two years. I started off as a girl who barely ate and was glued to the treadmill, to a girl who fuels herself sufficiently and is now leaner than ever. I’m proud of myself (something I rarely say). Proud that I never gave up and I know I never will.

My boards are done and I can finally focus on the cut. I’ve decided to cut for the entire Summer cause I want abs more than Daenerys wants the Iron Throne (Where my GoT fans at?). I’m going to drop my carbs down to 180 and calories to 1550 (don’t want to go lower than that). I’m going to incorporate more circuit training to my routine. At least 20 minutes 4 times a week. I’ll keep you updated once a week on how the cut is going.

So far i’ve lost a kg.

Lately Nikki Blackketter (YouTuber) has been my main motivation.

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She’s cutting as well, but for a Bikini Competition so it’s far more serious than what i’m doing.

Till next time,

Pri

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Nearly Done

By the end of next week, i’ll be done with boards. Finally.

My cut has been consistent for the past 11 days, (it was on/off before that). I can’t weigh myself since the scale broke down (it said I weighed 115kg. What a joke :P). I look a tad bit leaner, but i’m still keen on kicking my own arse every day.
Here’s todays workout:

100 jump squats 

50 burpees 

100 jumping jacks 

50 kettle-bell swings

50 weighted sit ups

50 weighted Russian twists 

Shoulder warm up 

Shoulder press (10kg) 8×3

bent over flies 8×3 (10kg)

big 25 x2 (10kg)

tricep dips 8×3 

Since I started the workout with HIIT, I couldn’t do any heavy lifting today cause I felt like I was going to pass out. I’m still eating a sufficient amount of calories and carbs and i’m still going against most things that the diet industry tells us to do. This is as rebellious as I get.

I’m not going to be cutting for the entirety of summer cause I plan on having days where I don’t bother tracking.

I’m going to get my consistency back with posts as soon as the burden of 10th grade ends.

Pri

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tricep DB dips 8×3 

Summer Shred

I guess it would be dumb of me to take my cut to a next level while i’m in the middle of my boards, but oh well. I haven’t been taking my cut seriously so I thought this would be a fun thing to do to hold myself accountable. My macros will stay the same (except I I dropped 20 carbs), i’ll be doing 20 minutes of HIIT thrice a week. Hoping to get to 50-51kg by the end of the month with minimal muscle loss.