bodyweight is back down to 220, and all measurements are back to where they were 2 months ago. bodyfat percentage is around 13 or 14, so i've got a couple more pounds of muscle from last time. the bad news is i wanted to be closer to 215 lbs right now. it took me about 2 weeks to switch from catabolic to anabolic, but it took about 4 weeks to switch from anabolic to weight loss. hingsight, i wish i would have done a maintenance month instead of a weight gain month. but i learned a couple things. first, even with a caloric deficit, i needed to make sure the deficit was from carbs. Waximaize will be a good post workout supplement when i'm trying to gain, but it was interrupting the fat burning cycle. also tried a natural thermogenic with green tea extract, and it didnt seem to do anything; plus i prefer to drink tea. was also allowing some fruits and milk in my diet but that was interrupting fat burning. finally, even though light intensity morning cardio doesnt burn many calories, it does seem to jump start my metabolism.
now feel like i'm fully back into fat burning mode. as soon as i eat, it feels like my metabolism kicks in and starts burning. caliper measurements are about 6 on chest, 8 on thigh, and just over 25 on belly. yep, still all belly. at some point i'm assuming that i've burned enough fat off my chest and thighs that it has to burn off my belly?!?! damn you genetics.
the goal is still 10% bodyfat, which is estimated to be about 10 lbs away. that will take 2 more months. only change i'm making is to add in more cardio. had just started 1 on, 1 off, 2 on, 1 off .. but i'm switching to all on. that should take care of the rapid weight fluctuations i've been having. not countng morning cardio, i'll do cardio every day. even on non lifting days, i'll still head to the gym just for cardio. the only time i might skip cardio is after a heavy leg day. 2 more months, no playing around.