2017 Cut - Week 3/Day 18

Sorry this one took so long! I actually took my pics and measurements on Tuesday, but life got busy and I didn't get around to writing everything out. So I'll update you up until this point and then hopefully get another update up the first part of next week!

Short and sweet - everything is moving along. The scale has been a little all over the place but that's normal. With the intensity of my training, inflammation in my body can cause it to be up or down, along with how late I ate the night before/water intake/poop or lack thereof/menstrual cycle etc. Basically, so much effects the scale so don't let the number get to you. It's just a measure of progress. 

Diets/Cuts normally have phases. The first week after a calorie cut you tend to be very hungry as your body isn't used to the decrease. As things adapt, normally the hunger is less noticeable. But different things can cause you to be more/less hungry. For me, an increase in training or a day where I'm sitting still causes me to be more hungry versus a day that I'm busy I might not think about eating for several hours (Trust me I never forget to eat. I don't know how that's possible.). I am an eat every 3-4 hours kind of person because I just like to eat and I'd rather have smaller, more frequent meals. Two days this past week, I was SUPER HANGRY. I could've eaten everything in sight and was craving a lot - donuts, pancakes, mozzarella sticks....

But, the biggest tip is to find a way to combat those cravings or keep your mouth busy. Drinking water, flavored water, BCAAs or even a diet soda tend to help me, as well as saving a majority of my calories for later in the day when I tend to be more hungry. A little preparation goes a long way. 

I didn't do a refeed (higher carb day) or a cheat meal the first two weeks, so this past Sunday, I ate relatively low calories most of the day and then splurged on some pizza that evening! I try to stay as close to my calories as possible so that it still remains structured without it being an all-out binge!

Here goes this week's stats and pics! I did my check-in with Coach Paul this morning and I'm awaiting his response! Most likely it will stay the same, but I'll update you in the next post if it doesn't! 

Current Macros: 2080 Calories/ 140g Protein/ 245g Carbs/ 60g Fat
   *Same as starting! 

Cardio: 3 days of Steady State Cardio for 20 mins
 

Measurements:
                         Starting                  This Week
Waist                   32.5"                         30"
Hips                      39"                           38"
Quad                     24"                          24"
Bicep                    12.5"                         12"
Upper Hip                                             36"
*I decided to add this measurement (around the hip bones above butt) because I tend to carry fat there and wanted to be able to track changes.