TT W4D1: Pre-Wedding Cut – GO!

It’s finally time to get the ball rolling on my 2007 pre-wedding cut after 3 months of maintenance and slow bulking. I won’t kid you–it’s been an uncomfortable learning experience getting my metabolism back up to the point where I can maintain at 2200-2400 calories/day while working out about 6 hours a week, but I’d say the weight gain was worth it. Never have I been SURE what my maintenance level actually was. I just sort of assumed that it was around the average 1800 or so usually given for women. Without this baseline information, I have probably been going much lower than I really needed to during my fat loss cycles in the past.

Anyhow, I am launching the first part of my cut following the guidelines below. I’ll be checking off each day in this challenge in my spiffy Daily Compliance Grid on Google Docs. Daily check in posts are fine when I have time to make them, but oftentimes when I cut I eat exactly the same thing every day, so it’s easier and more motivating for me to see a whole bunch of meals and workouts checked off in a grid with a “1”, especially since I also added fields to calculate percentage compliance.

I am Nerd. Hear me Roar. :whistle:

(On the off chance that anyone reading this would like to set up their own Compliance Grids or Fat Loss Calculator spreadsheets with measurement logs, you can download the Diet and Exercise Compliance Chart and V.4 of my Fat Loss Calculator in MS Excel .XLS format and import them into your own Google Docs account so you can edit them online from any computer and share your most personal stats with the entire world. What fun, eh?)

January 21 – April 30:
1. Start cutting following TT diet guidelines with a starting daily intake of 1800 cal/day until goal body fat of 15% is reached (~130-134 lbs based on current stats of 145 lbs and 21% bf). According to my fat loss spreadsheet (view on Google Docs – Starting and bi-weekly measurements will also be updated on this sheet), this should take me approximately 90 days.
2. Stay at same daily intake level as long as 1.5-2 lbs are lost every two weeks. Reassess every 2 weeks and decide if another 250 calories per day need to be cut.
3. Use TT for Women weights/core/HIIT program M/W/F.
4. 30 minutes with personal trainer T/Th with shoulder/back/arms emphasis.
5. 30 minutes of additional general exercise (cardio, Yourself Fitness, P90X, yoga, walking, Forza, whatever) T/Th, 60 minutes on Saturday.
6. Sundays completely off.
7. If I choose to do another 5k, T/Th/Sa will be used for training runs.
8. Cheat meal 3x a week in February, 2x a week in March, 1x a week in April.
9. Post progress photos and stats every 2 weeks.

Pre-Wedding Cut Starting Stats

Date 1/21/2007
Age 32
Height 5’6″
Weight 144.4 lbs

Measurements (in Inches)
Neck 13
Should 42
Chest 34.5
Waist 27.25
Abdomen 29.25
Hips 38.5
Thigh 23.25
Knee 13.25
Calf 15
Ankle 7.75
Arm 12
Forearm 9.5
Wrist 5.75
W-H Ratio 0.71

BF measurements (in mm)
Pectoral 5
Abdominal 16
Thigh 15
Tricep 11
Subscapular 15
Suprailiac 12
Axilla 7

BF% (in Percent)
BF% (7-site) 17.48
BF% (3-site) 16.62
BF% (Tanita) 27.6
BF% (Omron) 21.5 <-- using this one as baseline for consistency Next stat update will be on 2/3/2007! Prime 1-Year Membership + $50 Amazon Grocery Coupon for $79

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The Big 32!

Yup, yours truly has racked up another year of life as of yesterday. I celebrated by organizing the January company potluck lunch on my birthday, cannily tricking my co-workers (most of them ardent foodies and pretty good cooks) into turning out a massive birthday spread of fabulous homecooked good eats for me.


A brief list of what was served in our break room yesterday:
– Taco soup
– Jamaican spiced beef
– Thai chicken skewers with sweet and spicy sauce
– Key lime pie
– Chocolate chip blondies
– Fancy spring mix salad
– Tuna macaroni salad
– Corn dogs
– Chicken risotto
– Chicken pasta
– Stuffed shells with beef and spinach
– Marshmallow/PB pancake sandwiches
– Miso soup
– Seasoned potato wedges
– Cookie assortment
– Mixed fruit salad

As usual, there was a lot of gorging by all, followed by a few hours of food coma drowsiness, groans, and belly pats.

I love potluck day!

The only reason I wasn’t stuffed to the epiglottis like everyone else was that I had to save room for a steak dinner with Chris and my parents at 7:30 that night. We went to Fleming’s Wine and Steak House in Winter Park and had some fabulous aged steaks that cost as much APIECE as a full two weeks’ worth of healthy eats on my Cheapass Challenge–I kid you not. If Mommums hadn’t had a $100 gift card awarded to her from American Express for the place, I would have thrown up a little bit in my throat thinking about the price of my surf ‘n’ turf special. 😆

I received a beautiful dressy watch, a Slinky fabric skirt, and a check to help offset the cost of the wedding from my folks, and a free slice of blueberry cheesecake in honor of my venerable years from the restaurant. Having already partaken of two slices of Key lime pie that day, I wasn’t in the mood for any of the desserts on the menu, so I chose the cheesecake for Chris.

My last cheesecake experience in December (a Key lime pie cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory) was altogether not conducive to my wanting any more cheesecake ever again. Did you know that half of one cheesecake sans Lactaid can cause a lactose intolerant individual’s lower abdomen to swell by over 10 inches?

I didn’t either, until last month. Ouch.

Never again.


Anyhow, back at my parents’ house, I blew out a single candle on a Publix chocolate Strawberry Delight cake and managed to find enough room for a small wedge. I was pretty much finished for the night at that point. The thought of more food was :yuck:.

Chris and I headed back home and there he revealed my last spiffy birthday present:

A Weider weight bench with a leg extension, preacher curl station, and rack that can be adjusted for bench press or squats. He’d already put the Powerblock barbell he got me for Xmas on it.

The bench is used, but in fantastic condition from Play It Again Sports.


Gosh, a man after my own miserly little heart. :love:

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My Life With a Cold

Wednesday I only walked 1.5 miles but I stayed clean on food. Thursday I felt so much better that I did 30 minutes of shoulders with my trainer, 30 minutes of YF flexibility, and 30 minutes on the treadmill. I am also hungry again. :biggrin:

I should be completely over this cold by Monday with enough nutritious food and sleep.

I should mention that between the cold and the increase in cardio, I have dropped down to 142-143 lbs, even with TOM. This is pretty much how much I weighed in May 2004 before my first BFL challenge, so I plan to take a comparison photo this weekend just to show what the difference between 143 lbs/27% bf and 143 lbs/21% bf really is for those who still gauge progress by scale weight.

Shoulder Circuit:
DB Seated Shoulder Press (3 x 12 @ 15 lbs)
DB Seated Alternating Shoulder Press (3 x 12 @ 15 lbs)
DB Straight Arm Posterior Delt Raise (3 x 12 @ 10 lbs)
DB Front Raise/Lateral Raise Combo (3 x 12 @ 10 lbs)
Arm Circle sequence (3 x 60 secs)
Cable Upright Row (3 x 12 @ 87.5 lbs)

Yourself Fitness Flexibility (30 min)

Treadmill HIIT Run (30 min @ 0-10% incline and 4-8 mph)

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Karaoke You Tube!

Still sick.

I cancelled a session with the trainer this morning because I still felt too zonked out and brainsore from Nyquil and receiving only 25% of my usual oxygen intake overnight to lift heavy stuff. I am going to do some yoga tonight instead.

Aside from the need for extra sleep, inability to breathe properly, perpetual migraines, low energy levels while working out, and extra expense for cold medication and tissues, this cold is absolutely killing me because I just discovered a site called, the karaoke fanatic’s version of YouTube, and I am too stuffed up and cough-ridden to sing, record, and post anything!


Well, maybe I can croak out some “Dreams” Stevie Nicks-with-a-stuffy-nose-style. We’ll see.