No lifting. Early flight, super-hectic travel day with multiple flights and meetings and zero down-time. Those macros don’t add up because I had some cocktails. Bid. Niss. Gotta do it sometimes.
Today, I am tracking pretty low on calories and macros as well. I’m currently stuck on a plane waiting out a four + hour delay.
I’m weighing some options for setting calories and macros right now. I’d be curious to hear input from anyone who has achieved a goal of getting super lean but NOT competing. Maybe like 7% body fat or so.
Here’s the deal:
I’ve been here before. Knocking on the door of hitting my leanness goal, but also experiencing enough gains in the gym to want to ride out the recomp. I’ve been reluctant to drop calories when I’ve reached this level before, instead opting to just continue doing what I was doing because it still seemed like I was making very slow progress on both fronts.
What always ends up happening is that I never actually get to my goal, and eventually I lose interest or focus or motivation or whatever and start to gradually get complacent and maybe shift my focus into different goals.
The other pattern that emerges is that I might start trying to bust through that plateau with great tactics from Monday - Friday, and then get loose on weekends and end up staying nice and lean, but again, never really reaching my goal.
This time around, I am hoping for two things. First, I want to just get better at embracing the long-term leanness lifestyle and letting go of this sub-conscious thought pattern that I will hit a goal and then gradually slide and then repeat. That’s why the “stay the course” plan might be a good one. If I’m in it long-term, then I might as well just keep reinforcing the habits that I’m going to need anyway.
The other is to get leaner than I’ve ever been. I’m pissed that in the twenty years I’ve been doing this shit, I’ve never truly hit that point where I’m as lean as I want to be. I’ve been close, but I always bail before pushing all the way through.
I’m considering a strong push to the finish line right now with a two or three-week fat-loss blitz. Really step on the gas pedal and just get there. I feel like two or three weeks is about it.
I’d be willing to drop my calories down to about 1800, which would make my macros somewhere around 180g C, 180g P, and 50g F. No bullshit on the weekends, just a solid 21-day sprint with maybe some carb spikes if my body starts feeling run down.
Then, I can start the slow process of tweaking my calories and macros back up by a few hundred calories every few weeks to see how high I can push them and still stay within a pretty close range to where I end up. I’m at 189 right now, I might drop another 4 pounds in 2-3 weeks, so I’m thinking I’d end up at 185. I can also throw in some cardio, because so far, I haven’t been needing to do any. So metabolically speaking, I think I’m in a pretty good place for this.
The reason I’m not all that concerned about tanking my metabolism is that I have so many cards to play, and I really don’t need to leave any on the table. Since I’m not competing, I don’t really have to worry about further calorie drops or increases in cardio beyond this final push.
The other reason I like this is that it gets me there quickly and allows me more weeks of summer to win my weekend “Fittest Guy At the Pool” competitions. I mean, I’m still winning them now, but just in case there is a legit competitor in the weeds somewhere, I’d like to smash the fuck out of him.
Oh, and I also have some kind of neighborhood bike ride/pool party event going on in a few weeks. I live in a neighborhood where most of the dads are in pretty sad shape, so it’s not really great competition, but it’s a rare event. We just don’t have pool parties with all of our friends. Ever. So game on.
So, yeah. Let’s do this.