Lifting - Monday Evening - 60 minutes
Jump rope, bodyweight movements, dancing with a 20lb dumbbell.
Holy shit, everything keeps getting easier with these bodyweight movements. Handstand balance gets easier with each pound lost. Pistol squats are way easier. I did a handstand into a headstand with a super slow negative today. It is fun to be light!
On the shred front, every day seems to bring out something cool. Today, for the first time EVER, my calves looked impressive. Not round like a bodybuilder’s bowling ball calves, but way better looking than a typical tennis or volleyball player. The reason they looked bigger? Because my thighs are so much smaller. For real. The definition in my quads and hamstrings, combined with my knee and ankle being naturally small without the cushion of fat, all adds up to my calves looking way better.
It also pisses me off a little that I’ve spent the majority of my adult life not being lean enough to have my legs look like this…it wouldn’t have been that hard to just maintain a lower body fat, but I never commited to it for long enough. Part of the reason is I could always still see a 4 pack and maintain a decent overall proportions at a fairly high body fat percentage.
On a related note, a comment about lighting and shadows and the difference between true body fat losses vs improvements in the appearance of muscle definition:
You know that perfect lighting and mirror and angle and pose that makes you look way more ripped? That’s not real, but it CAN be realized by staying the course with whatever got you to where you are. That image is you in about two or three more weeks in realistic lighting. It’s a sneak preview of the future you.
To use images in the mirror to monitor fat loss, I recommend finding the most unflattering light possible and taking pictures. This is especially important if you are thinking you are lean enough and considering increasing your intake or having a cheat day. Earlier in a diet, using the most flattering lighting can help provide motivation, so it may depend.
The reason is that muscle definition is an appearance thing, not just a body fat thing. Definition happens with shadows. Shadows with light. Refer to your closest mountain range for examples of how tho he change throughout the day.
So before you decide if it’s time for a cheat day, realize that your selfie-loving ass has lost touch with reality and you are no longer in a position to self-evaluate. Instead, do this: put on your tightest jeans, buttoned and zipped, with no shirt. Find the shittiest lighting you can. Take a selfie and post it to “Rate My Physique” and ask “clean bulk or mini-cut?”
You may want to pose while holding a shoe so we can all get a frame of reference. Otherwise, we will have no fucking idea what we are looking at.