Hello Follwers :)
Just a quick month to month comparison of slow progression while cutting on cheat days @ Disneyland, IIFYM, and balancing life with one’s goals.
So you might remember this pic:
This was taken March 27 2012. This was my first “cheat day” as many would claim. I actually thought i looked really lean here, but compared to now i see that’s not the case. Anyhow I had a great time with my best friend, ate a bunch foods considered horrible, bad, high in fat, ( but delicious :P) and not a single fuck was given as one would also say.
After that dieting resumed, and so did my progression in terms of lower BF and strength gains. I would still have the occasional cold stone visits with my partner in crime Cristina, or Cookie, or squat chick..lol but for the most part i remained on track.
Then along came another month and the next “cheat day” was planned.I went to UCR hike with my gym partner in crime. The next day we went to Disneyland and another Churro i enjoyed:
This was taken May 7, 2012. I though of myself as fairly lean but some what pale lol. I wasn’t filling in my size small shirts like i would hope to. This day, i enjoyed great tasting food with my gym partner, my friend and his gf. Yes, foods considered horrible and high in calories. BUT i had a great time! Did i feel bad.. no never.
So then another month went by. Dieting resumed, though not as strict. I found myself estimating more and being more flexible with minor “cheats” as one would say. My intensity in the gym soared though. I was gaining results just when i had thought i plateaued. I had taken my body where it had never been before. When i saw my abs, i remember saying” THEY DO EXIST!!!”
And finally, i returned to Disneyland just yesterday with my best friend. Again enjoyed great food with her, and just life in general…and of course..a churro..lol:
This was taken yesterday, June 5, 2012. No i didn’t get bigger. I just got leaner(see illusion of getting leaner articles). I fill out my shirts more, have more shape, better tan and ofc a churro lol. Ate great food, even enjoyed my churros on splash mountain as you can see on the right, and overall had a good day with my best friend.
Conclusion/Point: I thought i just post this because i find it ironic how my progress pics are on days when i’m not adhering to IIFYM or dieting of any such.
First, i want to make it clear that the journey is probably the most important thing when dieting or pursuing goals or whatever. As long as you are continually progressing, you have nothing to worry about. When you are not, then simply adjust and move on.
Second, find balance. Too often people get caught up in dieting or lifting and forget that there is more to life, unless you define your life solely on bodybuilding. I don’t. I am not going to sit here and lie to you. I DO enjoy fatty foods, BUT I AM MORE CONCERNED ABOUT ENJOYING THINGS WITH THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT. IF YOUR HOBBY IS CONFLICTING WITH YOUR LIFE, then you might want to reevaluate. Moderation is key, I always seem to always hear. I don’t know how i feel about that. I simply live by this, DO What you love and enjoy life. If you enjoy not eating anything considered unhealthy, by all means do that. But if you do but are conflicted and are not happy, then that is when things should be reevaluated.
Lastly: IIFYM/ and so called “cheat days”. I follow IIFYM, but when i am confronted with the times like above i follow what alberto nunez, and matt ogus have said: “If it fits your situation.” DO, things, eat things that adhere to your situation and you’ll be fine. I never consider myself to cheat. Cheat what? Life? Spending time with people? My goal? NO. WHY? Because i have found balance. Consistency is probably one of the most important things when training towards a goal. If you are consistent, then small stuff like a “cheat meal” or not hitting calories will not affect you. DO’nt sweat the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture.
This pictures demonstrate a journey that had cheats, bad food, being human, confronting situations BUT BEING CONSISTENT. I still made improvements and progressed. I look different from the first picture compare to the last because of consistency and balance.
Okay no more ranting.
Happy and Safe Lifting.