Decided to start a log thanks in part to pwolves17. This will be my first show, entering Men's physique obviously. NANBF (natural show) I'm currently 7 weeks out.
I'm trying to get down to 7% and it's been going slow. Normally that wouldn't bother me because I understand slow steady progress is still progress, but I am feeling the pressure of the time constraint here. I have good days and bad days. Today started off well, but the last couple days had me down on myself. There are definitely points where I feel like throwing in the towel- not because it's too hard, but again just because I'm not sure if I have enough time to lean out and get to a low enough bf%. I will be doing the contest with my gf (bikini) and I guess now we're going to do mixed pairs as well, so that's a lot of motivation right there that I really needed.
I've been doing roughly 5 low(er) carb days a week, one moderate carb day, and one 'refeed' day. I always try to come in around 50g/carbs on the low days, but that has yet to happen- it typically ends up being around 65-70g. The moderate days are around 120 and the last 'refeed' day I had was 500g. I really over did it on that day thinking pizza and breadsticks would be an acceptable choice, but after three days of bloating and looking like shit now I know better and that's not going to happen again. My refeed days will consist of much, much cleaner carbs.
I still kinda feel/definitely look bloated by the end of the day. I've not been able to definitively determine why this is. I don't know if it's a mild food alergy, an aversion to gluten, something in the protein supp. I have a very minimalistic diet, but aside from almonds and peanut butter I can't think of what would cause the bloating. I don't think it's the chicken or egg whites, lol.
If anyone sees anything in the pics that need to be addressed or has any pointers that'd be great. I'm willing to listen. I know my arms are ridiculously long and work against me so as of now I'm thinking I need both my bis and tris to grow to match my back/chest. I'm also concerned about the roundness of my shoulders- you can't see it in the pics very well but they're not perfectly rounded at the top- they're like indented. I think this is due in part to overactive traps.
Anyway, I'll post pics and things as they happen.