View Full Version : Cutting Sucks

03-26-2005, 10:35 PM
I doubt I will keep this journal up; but I didn't feel that this was appropriate for a new thread in diet/nutrition.

I'm about to start a cut; and I hate it. My metabolism is always high and cutting generally makes me feel like ass.

Last time I used CKD, very slowly, over about 14 weeks (with a week break in the middle).

I decided to stay more balanced this year; do about 250g carbs, 250g protein, fill the rest in with fats.

I'm starting off at about 6'2" 222lb, 14~15% bf. I had hoped to get to 225 on my last bulk, but this is close enough. I finally finished my 8 month marathon travelling for work, so I'm in town for a few months and I can finally cook for myself.

I always start off my cuts with a binge weekend, so there's even a good chance I could be up to 225 by Monday morning.

I plan on starting off at 3000 cals/day and shaving off a 50~100/day every week or as I see fit.

I was eating between 4500-5000/day on my bulk.

Sample diet for next week (went to the grocery store today).

Breakfast: 4 eggs, scrambled, 2 pieces of whole wheat toast

Lunch: 8 oz chicken breast, 2 cups rice

Protein shake mixed with milk

Snack: can of tuna, salsa

Dinner: 2 cups of pasta, 1 cup of sauce, 6 oz ground chicken/turkey

Nightime: Protein shake with milk.

The easy things to go as I start shaving calories -> replacing the milk with water; then taking out the toast, then shaving off a cup of rice, etc.

I've learned from past mistakes and have built cushions into my first few weeks that I can remove with little trouble when the cut starts to stall.

We'll see if I can actually keep this bastard up. I guess everyone posts their workout on here, I'm currently doing a 4 day split, I will start to add in cardio as I begin to need it.

Day 1 - Legs
Day 2-Chest

Today was back

225 x 8
315 x 4
355 x 2
315 x 3
225 x 7

did 3 sets of upright rows @ 175 -> 7, 7, 5

2 sets of pulldowns

2 sets of shrugs @ 225 x 12

03-28-2005, 08:03 AM
good luck on the cut...Cutting DOES Suck

03-29-2005, 10:04 AM
good luck on the cut...Cutting DOES Suck

Especially since I was eating out for free on my bulk. It is the only benefit of traveling all of the time.

Yesterday I did legs:


225 x 8
285 x 6
285 x 5
285 x 4

Hack squats

255 x 8
255 x 7


warm up
225 x 8
225 x 8
255 x 4

Did some calf raises and said the hell with anything else.

Today was chest:

Dumbbell flys

3 sets of light weights for warm up


185 x 5
225 x 6
225 x 4
205 x 4

Incline dumbbell press

Done as 1 dropset
60 x 5
50 x 5
40 x 4


Diet right now is about 2950 cals, with roughly 70g fat, 330 g cars, 240 g protein. I may have dropped too fast; but I'll see at the end of the week whether I'm losing too quickly or not.

03-30-2005, 02:22 PM
Grats on teh journal, hope all goes well.

05-01-2005, 10:53 PM
After my surgery, I've been a worthless piece of $hit. I had to take 2 weeks completely off, and the last week I've been doing high-rep stuff (i'm afraid heavy lifts will rip open the incision.)

I'm down to 214 but I think a lot of the loss is muscle. I may actually try to shoot up to 220 when I am able to lift 100% again and then try again. We'll see what the doc says tuesday.

05-01-2005, 11:14 PM
Here's hoping bud.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

05-31-2005, 10:30 PM
Its been a while since I've posted in my journal. It's also been a while since I've been allowed to lift right. I had to take off almost 2 months of lifting since my surgery. Additionally, I had to scrap my cut due to the cal increase required to allow my body to close the incision.

In the month since I've been allowed to lift, I started up Westside. I was able to not only get to my pre-surgery lifts, I blew them away. My diet has been semi-clean (been trying to get in 250-300 g protein a day, and 3000-4000 cals). Beyond those numbers, its a free-for all. I can still wear my 34 inch jeans (at 6'2" 220lb), and until my girlfriend starts bitching, I'm not going to cut.

My primary goal is to gain back as much muscle as I can after 2 months on the shelf.

Its a huge setback (one that I had 2 1/2 years ago, before I joined WBB), but I'll be gaining soon.

I'll crank the journal back up ASAP, I"ve been pretty frustrated going through all my DVDs not being able to work or lift.

05-31-2005, 10:54 PM

06-01-2005, 09:38 AM

Hah, nothing so glamorous. Had to have a cyst removed near my spine for the 2nd time in 3 years. Damned thing keeps growing back and puts me out of lifting for about 8 weeks.

08-14-2006, 06:24 PM
I had pretty much abandoned this thing due to a heavy work schedule (40 weeks out of town last year).

Not much is new, except that I got engaged, got a 2nd dog, tried to quit my job (but didn't), and am going back to grad school.

08-14-2006, 06:46 PM
Hey, grad school - that's great!

What discipline?

08-14-2006, 06:56 PM
Dual M.S. in Economics and Finance. Probably more math than either of those courses though....have to take through Real Analysis II and Topology.

08-14-2006, 07:13 PM
Real Analysis was my nemesis.


08-18-2006, 06:31 PM
First day of grad school today. Slightly strange to be back in school, but nice to be on 24hr/wk schedule with no travel at work, as opposed to the 70+hr/wk & 40 weeks out of town I'd been running for the last four years.

Did squats yesterday 8/17----- 8x225, 5x275, 4x275, 3x275, 2x275

Today did
Bench 10x215, 5x245, 5x235, 4x235, 3x235, 10x185
Flys 8 x 3

08-18-2006, 08:26 PM
If you are going to be undertaking a math discipline, a little more detail in this journal would be good ;)

08-22-2006, 09:28 AM
Detail for Pup - technically, my graduate degree won't be in math (rather econ/finance), but I'll be taking statistics/probability courses as well as at least one other math course each semester -- at a graduate level most of this stuff is proof based math (although I question the assumption that we're all good little utility-maximizers).

For the math I'm taking

-advanced math stats class (multi distribution/sampling theory/hypothesis testing/etc)
-graduate linear algebra (proofs using eigenvalues/orthogonal systems)
-Class in set theory, optimization, and proofs

and the macro class is diff-eq based but not as mathematical as those three.

This is probably one of the heavier semesters as far as math, although next fall I have Real Analysis as well as Topology.

On other fronts - my new, second dog got into some poison ivy in the backyard and decided to get it all over my arms and legs. I tried various weed killers for a week, none of them would kill it, so I decided to dump gasoline on it, which killed it all in a day. Hopefully the EPA does not read this journal.


8/19 - BB rows - 7x205, 7x205, 5x205
DB shrugs - 10, 10, 7
Weighted crunches - 10x40 lb dumbell, 8x40, 8x40

8/20 - Squats (1' rest between sets) 5x235, 5x235, 5x235, 4x235, 4x235, 4x235, 4x235, 3x235
Dum. curls 6x60, 5x60, 7x55, 5x55, 8x50, 4x50

8/21 - Rest

08-22-2006, 12:27 PM
I whole-heartedly agree with your journal title.

Good luck!

08-22-2006, 01:13 PM
Detail is improved...although i'd like to see the poundages you are using on your sets. What's your diet like?

08-22-2006, 04:24 PM
Do you have to PM a mod to get the title changed? I'm not on a cut anymore, the first post in here is 1 1/2 yrs old......

I'll go back and edit in poundages when I get to my notebook back home. They're down a little bit as I had to take 5-6 months off after back surgery last year.

Pup, diet right now is about ~3000 cals, about 40% P, 30% F & C by calories, about 45%/40%/15% by grams.

09-27-2006, 09:17 PM
It's been a while since I've updated.

I've been ass-deep between a full load in grad school and working in derivatives at work.

I've been following a general routine that looks something like this:

Sunday -> Deadlifts
Monday -> Off
Tuesday -> Incline db bench, flyes, clean & press, biceps
Wednesday -> Off but I've been walking 9 at a crappy golf course on Wednesdays as of late
Thursdays -> Accessory back/trap work (Bent rows, shrugs, pullups, etc) and abs.
Fridays -> Heavy squats
Saturdays -> Heavy bench

School is going well, if anyone wants to know how to write a horrible proof of a moment generating function, I've attached it (as Pup wants detail).