looking good pete. looking thick throughout. arms and lats look like standouts.
are we gonna see some training sessions?:)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
Hey thanks a lot bulkboy! Your avatar is looking AWESOME! you need to tell me your trick for growing those traps! That is definitely a standout body part for you and a weakness for me lol.
Do you mean like just post up my training session sets and reps? or videos? I dont think I have access to videos, nor would it be too appealing cause im not lifting crazy weights lol. I could definitely put up some training session numbers though!
so 3 weeks down, 17 weeks to go. Seems like the weeks are starting to fly by. I'm trying not to think about the contest being more then 4 months away. I'm just trying to take it one week at a time. My weight last week was ranging from 223.8-223.0 This week it ranged from 221.0-221.8. Both days the weight was taken on Friday and Saturday morning.
I'm feeling fine physically. Strength has gone down only a bit, but I'm able to lift the same weights I was before basically. However, I did squats tonight, and I could definitely feel a difference in strength. I feel like big compound movements like that are always first to go down in strength because they take so much out of me.
Mentally, I'm starting to get that "small" feeling. I refuse to take my measurements because I feel like I'll just get depressed seeing my numbers go down. I know that bodybuilding is a sport of illusion and perception, but If i see that my measurements have gone down (not including my waist) I'll start getting a downtrodden attitude. It's impossible not to lose some size, because im of course covered in fat, but actually seeing the numbers go down, is too much for my ego to handle.
If I just try to keep my workouts intense, and take notice of my body getting leaner, I'll have a positive mental attitude. It will make my prep so much easier, faster, and less stressful.
MVS: Diet is going well man, thanks a lot! Started the diet at 231, and now I'm 219.5. I think I know where you're coming from though, the diet is so slow and gradual to make sure I don't lose muscle, the loss of fat isn't extremeley apparent. I've been taking pics every week, so its kinda hard to tell major changes. Most people post up pics like every 5-6 weeks or so, and the differences always look drastic.
Creator: thanks a lot buddy! Means a lot coming from a guy with crazy wheels! ýour hamstrings are crazy, and your quads have definitely come up since last year. Makes me really happy you said that though, cause I feel like my legs have gotten smaller, when in reality all I really lost was a bit of fat lol.
Incredible facial expression on the last pic Pete! LOL
Anyway, you look really good. just from looking through all your pics i can see you've lost fat in all the right places with little loss of muscle mass.
I dont know if youve already mentioned but how many calories did you begin your diet on and how many are you currently taking?
hahah thanks Big Guns! I have to make sure I dont do that onstage LOL.
I appreciate the comment man. I'm really trying to not lose any muscle at all. Im not some huge guy that can sacrifice size by any means.
I started my diet with the following macros...
I have two higher carb days, where I lower my protein and fats, and increase my carbs.
I have only lowered my calories by 40-80 calories. On normal carb days, I now have 230 grams of carbs, and on high carb days, I have lowered it 20 grams so its at 340. Nothing drastic by any means.
So on normal days, im having 2600 calories. On higher carb days, Im taking in 2700.
I've been feeling fine, really not having bad hunger pangs by any means, which is great. When I get really hungry between meals, I'll chug some water, and once a day I'll make one of those drinks with XTEND BLUE RASBERRY!! It's sooo damn good. I recommend it to anyone, dieting or not.
Thanks a lot Pickle! Contest Prep is a special thing, because it's not something you can do on a whim. If you want to do yourself justice, you can only do it 100%. I want to keep you guys updated with all the little details that have been going into it. I feel like I'll get better constructive critisim that way as well. Whether it be diet, supps, training, cardio, mental attitude, etc. The mecca has given me a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment, I wanted to show all of you how it has helped me through this endeavor.
I really appreciate all the support from everyone!