I feel some TLDR gold coming in this post. Two more hours on this flight and I’ve run out of gas with some of the work I was doing.
So, Seattle. I highly recommend.
Last night, I had a few stiff cocktails. Manhattans. Three to be exact.
Because I have Ninja-level control of my intake these days, it was not difficult to scale down some macros to make room for the cocktails and still come in at around 2100 calories.
The mild dehydration this morning gave me an even better idea of how close I am to my goal. I keep saying it, but I am very close. Some of what is left is sub-q water, because the dehydration brought those lower two abs into the type of resolution where I was literally able to see and feel exactly how much fat is left.
The Leangains guy wrote an article about using alcohol and it’s dehydrating properties as a measure to permanently deflate fat cells that are already at the brink of tapping out. I don’t know if I buy it, but I have had a few interesting “whoosh” type of effects where not only does a properly executed night of cocktails cause the day-after dry look, but the effect seems to stick, even after rehydration has commenced. Probably not real, but interesting.
I am not so sure that pushing harder is called for right now. I may stick even start nudging back towards 2300 calories already and just use let time run it’s course. Sometimes I can just feel when my body is in torch mode, and right now that’s what I’m picking up.
I’ll probably sneak in some kind of workout this evening, and then tomorrow morning I’ll be ready to crush chest.
If there was a men’s analog to the women’s bikini class, I could slap on a coat of oil and win that shit next weekend. As it stands, I could hold my own in a physique contest (especially within a novice class/40 year old age group)…in just one pose. I think I could really pull off the front relaxed pose where I could go sideways at the abs and legs and twist the upper half towards face-on. That’s because I have crazy ab control and can do an absolutely sick vacuum pose, which makes the taper look like I’m a blue guy straight out of Avatar.
I’d get crushed in every other pose and just in general because I don’t have much size. 180ish at 5’11 would look stringy. Plus I don’t think I could manage the fake smile and the other stuff, which I guess I’d have to do in my Men’s Bikini comp anyway.
The guy who won the 40+ age class in physique at the one show I’ve ever been to did not look like he had impressive size to me when he was on stage. But then I saw him in the gym when he was a few months removed from the show and he actually did look bigger than I expected.