tiger - thanks for the response.
first off, i have just started flameout and have been on it for about a week. doubling the dosage, from what i've read, seems to have diminishing returns and is costlier. but if it worked for you, i'm not disputing that. do you have any theory of why that helped?
as far as "cheat" days, interesting theory. i've certainly heard it before, but i thought that by eating different amounts on training/non-training days, i would effectively zig zag day to day, acheiving the same effect (which is to keep my metabolism "guessing" and fired up). you seemed to eat the same # of cals (2,600) every weekday. did you not vary this for training/not training?