spent the last month cutting fat. went from 260 down to 242 (2 pounds short of 20 lb. goal). my caloric deficit was about 1/2 a pound a day. caused this deficit with a combination of diet and exercise, probably 1000 calories each. definitely lost some muscle mass, but not too much. strength is down too, but that should come back quickly. for supplements, i was taking the Universal Cuts pack, and would probably do the same next cycle. there are some things i would do differently next time, like cutting the duration to just over 3 weeks. would also reduce the # of lifting workouts from 4 to 3, and replace that with a higher intensity cardio workout.
now i'll be transitioning to a muscle building phase for about 8 weeks. the goal will be to keep my bodyweight under 250. the main concentration will be to build up my legs. also need to get my back fully healed. for supplements, i'll be giving AAKG another try and experimenting with Ecdysterone for the first time. will also be doubling my protein shake intake.