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    Make me Bionic!


    "Steve Austin-Astronaut. A man barely alive. We can rebuild him, we have the technology to build the worlds first Bionic Man... better than he was before, better, stronger, faster.."

    Yep - that's me!

    Despite eating well for most of my life and making sporadic efforts to keep myself in shape, at age 39 I was overweight, out of shape and beginning to have health problems. High blood pressure, skin issues, low energy levels and mood swings were all beginning to take their toll on myself and my family. Also my two children were beginning to grow up and I just wasn't physically able to be the Dad I knew I could be!

    It was in April 2008 I finally decided to do something about it. I realized that it wasn't too late for me to make some major changes in my life and although I had no idea if I could do it, I knew it was definitely worth a shot!

    I did a lot of research, thinking and planning, and finally developed a diet plan and training routine that could fit around my life and family. Due to work commitments I was only able to train at home and at that time I had very little equipment to use, just one pair of adjustable dumbbells found in the garage. Despite this I was able to put together an entire weekly routine that lasted me for the first two months of my cut. Of course I made a lot of mistakes in those early days but found motivation in the rapid progress I was making in body fat loss and strength gain. After two months, when I knew I was taking this seriously, I upgraded all my training equipment to include an exercise bench with leg attachments, fly and some much needed additional plates.

    From that point forward I couldn't quite believe how quickly my body changed. I had always been a little bit fat ever since I was a teenager and had always wanted that "shredded look" I just never thought it was possible for me!

    My first goal was to achieve a body fat level of 10%. Well I smashed through that after just 10 weeks and set myself a new goal of 8%. Two months later I achieved this and had the beginnings of a physique to be proud of.

    The whole process from start to finish took just 4 months.

    I now need help to maintain my focus and keep my new physique - hence this journal! Having achieved my original goal I quickly found myself falling back into old habits. So in January of this year I reset my long and short term goals and am, once again, looking to progress my overall health and fitness.

    Four months on and I continue to follow my new strict diet and training routines. I now get up at 6.30am, 6 days a week, so I can get all my training done before my two children wake up and kick the day into gear. I then update my online journals to help me keep track of my on-going progress whilst having my first protein shake. My main personal objective from this point forward is to continue to make gains in muscle mass, strength and endurance whilst keeping my body fat level between 8% and 10%.

    I've found the whole transformation process to be one of the most self rewarding things that I have ever done, so much so that I've since set up a website called The Bionic Files, to help encourage and motivate other people to do the same.

    I hope to update this journal every day to make myself fully accountable for my own progress.

    The attached photos show my progress from starting off on 1st April 2008, to half way on 1st June 2008 and the last photo taken on 1st August 2008.
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    I had a good Shoulders & Back training session this morning. I increased my lateral raises by 1kg, added an additional 2 sets to my Dumbbell Shrugs (no more weight to add!) and increased all others by one set. I personally feel that a visual weakness for me is my traps, so I'm always looking to totally max out on these each week. They are gradually beginning to show signs of improvement but I still have a way to go. My traps and abs will be my key focus points when I finish my cut.

    Here's what I did this morning:

    Behind neck shoulder press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Upright row: 12 x 4: 25kg
    Angled Bench Press: 12 x 4: 22kg
    Lateral Raises: 12 x 4: 27kg
    Dumbbell Shrugs: 12 x 5: 37kg

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weight: 131lb
    Daily calorie intake approx: 1200 calories
    Current Body fat percentage reading: 11%
    Training Phase: Cutting

    Weighed in today at 131lbs (again)

    I'm about half way through this year's cut and am beginning to feel like I wish I were nearer the end.

    I was feeding my children their evening meal last night and gave them Jam and Scones for pudding - a typical British treat. I couldn't help but sit there and salivate whilst questioning why on earth I was giving myself such a hard time in not eating what I wanted to eat!

    I then had my run this morning, which was fine, but again I was beginning to ask myself,

    "Why am I doing this, can I take a short-cut, can I just ease up for a little, why can't I just stop?"

    It's good to know that we all have these moments of weakness when the question of "why" comes begging to be answered. But that is all they are, small moments of weakness that are trying to steal something away from you - something you know that IS important to you. You know deep down that if it is not important to you,you would neve have started in the first place!

    This is where my routine comes to the rescue. It is so ingrained now that all I have to do is just... carry on!

    I did feel incredibly weak after my run but having now had my protein shake, updated my journal and had my first coffee of the day, I feel back to my normal positive self.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in this morning at 131lbs (again)

    I'm definitely going to have a "Carb Up" weekend at the end of this month. My waist measurement is still decreasing nicely so I know I'm making good progress but I'm just beginning to feel a little less hungry than I have for the last few weeks. My body is clearly trying to tell me something! Another week and I can really look forward to eating clean at "Maintenance Level" for 3 whole days - fantastic!

    That's over a week away though... but something to look forward to.

    This morning was Legs Day! Wow! I ended up on the floor after my Deadlifts. When the bar went down on the final rep of the final set it just kind of brought me down with it. And there I was, fighting for breath whilst staring at the carpet! The patio doors were open for the first time this year - yes the weather here really is that good - and I enjoyed a cool liquid breeze ebbing in from the garden.

    Don't you just love the Summer!

    It makes such a change from training with 3 jumpers and a woolly hat for company.

    Here's what I did:

    Squats: 12 x 4: 37.5kg (2.5kg increase)
    Deadlifts: 12 x 4: 50kg
    Standing Calf Raise: 20 x 4: 55kg
    Leg Extensions: 12 x 4: 30kg

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weight: 130.5lb
    Daily calorie intake approx: 1200 calories
    Current Body fat percentage reading: 11%
    Training Phase: Cutting

    This morning's weigh in: 130.5lb

    I'm pleased! I seem to be averaging just over a 1lb a week loss which, although is not the 2lb I was originally looking for, is good steady progress in the right direction.

    I'm also confident that I've not only being able to hold on to the muscle I had at the start of my cut, but as I'm progressively adding more to my weights each week, I've made good increases to my lean muscle mass.

    I will be taking a progress picture at the end of next week (just before my "Carb-Up" weekend) that I'll post here... well not exactly there of course... but in the relevant journal entry... when that time comes. Confused...? I am!

    My Carb-Up weekend will take up the first 3 days of May. I'll then continue my cut for the rest of May. If I can loose another 1lb a week in May then that should be that.

    Here's what I did this morning...

    ARMS & ABS
    EZ Bar Curl: 12 x 4: 30kg
    Closed Grip EZ Bar Curl: 12 x 4: 22.5kg (2.5kg increase)
    Dumbbell Bar Curl: 12 x 4: 12.5kg
    Reverse Wrist Curl: 12 x 4: 10kg
    Forward Wrist Curl: 12 x 4: 22.5kg (2.5kg increase)
    Crunches: 20 x 5: 5kg

    Until Tomorrow!
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    Weighed in this morning at 130.5lb

    I stepped out the door this morning to start my run and noticed that it was pouring with rain. "So what", you may say, "You live in England, what do you expect?" Well, strangely enough that is the first time it has happened to me this year, which either means I don't go running often enough, or the gods have been kind.

    Anyway I had to don my special "Running in the Rain Jacket" which is always a little tiresome. First of all I have to find it, then I have to run in it. That shouldn't be too difficult, you may think, but the elastic pull cords that hold the hood in place keep bouncing off my face, the hood makes more noise than a lear jet and I quickly begin to stick to its insides. The whole experience feels like having sex in a collapsed tent!

    Despite all that I had a good run and it's now a bright, sunny day!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 131lbs

    Back up again... I wonder why. My wife pulled what I can only classify as a cheat meal on me yesterday evening so I'm having to swap my cheat day around again this week. It was an interesting sausage & cheese pasta bake with extra aubergines and tomatoes. Doesn't sound too bad but it was far too greasy by my standards.

    I had an excellent run this morning, deliberately extending my route my ten minutes. I'm now running the same distance as I was at my peak last summer! I don't know how many miles it is but it takes about 45 - 50 minutes. My aerobic fitness has definitely improved!

    Sunday's are always difficult for me to keep to my rigid diet as it's our Family Day and we're all out again. Today we're going to One Hundred Acre Wood to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends... if we can find them!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 130.5lbs

    Back down on the scales again. Phew!

    Sunday is always a bit of a diet challenge as it's our Family Day and there is a certain expectation for me to eat the same as everyone else. However my wife is becoming more supportive of my diet requirements and I was able to stick to my rigid diet - hence this morning's encouraging weigh in!

    You may notice that I've reduced my daily calorie intake again by 50 calories. I've switched a few things around which allows me to do this without really noticing the difference. This should again help me towards my 8% BF goal

    We didn't find Winnie the Pooh in the One Hundred Acre Wood yesterday. They wanted £5.00 just to park (!) so I did a tight U-Turn before the entrance. Instead we went to a nearby private Aerodrome under the pretence that I wanted to know how much it would cost to learn to fly*. This allowed us to all to sit down, eat our picnic lunch and watch all the small by-planes and helicopters take off and land FOR FREE! The boys absolutely loved it!

    I had an OK Chest and Triceps work out this morning but I did feel very sleepy and really struggled to get out of bed. Here's what I did:

    ARMS & TRICEPS
    Bench Press: 12 x 4: 32.5kg
    Closed Grip Bench Press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Inclined Bench Press: 12 x 4: 18kg
    Butterfly Bench Press: 12 x 4: 38.5kg (1kg increase)
    Triceps Curl: 12 x 4: 15kg

    Until tomorrow!

    *For anyone interested it would set you back around £10,000 to get your pilot's license.
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    Weighed in today at 130.5lbs

    Back down on the scales again. Phew!

    Sunday is always a bit of a diet challenge as it's our Family Day and there is a certain expectation for me to eat the same as everyone else. However my wife is becoming more supportive of my diet requirements and I was able to stick to my rigid diet - hence this morning's encouraging weigh in!

    You may notice that I've reduced my daily calorie intake again by 50 calories. I've switched a few things around which allows me to do this without really noticing the difference. This should again help me towards my 8% BF goal

    We didn't find Winnie the Pooh in the One Hundred Acre Wood yesterday. They wanted £5.00 just to park (!) so I did a tight U-Turn before the entrance. Instead we went to a nearby private Aerodrome under the pretence that I wanted to know how much it would cost to learn to fly*. This allowed us to all to sit down, eat our picnic lunch and watch all the small by-planes and helicopters take off and land FOR FREE! The boys absolutely loved it!

    I had an OK Chest and Triceps work out this morning but I did feel very sleepy and really struggled to get out of bed. Here's what I did:

    ARMS & TRICEPS
    Bench Press: 12 x 4: 32.5kg
    Closed Grip Bench Press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Inclined Bench Press: 12 x 4: 18kg
    Butterfly Bench Press: 12 x 4: 38.5kg (1kg increase)
    Triceps Curl: 12 x 4: 15kg

    Until tomorrow!

    *For anyone interested it would set you back around £10,000 to get your pilot's license.
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    Weighed in today at 130.5lbs (again)

    I've been really struggling to get out of bed recently which is beginning to affect my morning training. I know why of course. I normally go to bed for 10.30pm but recently its been more like gone 11am. Not a good habit to get into. I'm going to change this tonight. It's not easy getting up at 6.30am to train at the best of times but if I'm half asleep its virtually impossible!

    I still think I've made some fairly good gains in overall muscle mass but its a little difficult to tell at the moment. I'll be taking a progress pic this weekend that I'll be able to compare against the relevant pic taken last year at my current body fat reading. It really is the only way I can actually gauge my progress. I must admit to having been very reluctant to taking pics during what turned out to be an aborted bulk. I put far too much weight (fat) on and was very "not happy" with the way I looked at all. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain my end of cut look for longer this time around whilst I continue to train throughout the rest of the year.

    Here's what I did this morning:

    Shoulders & Back
    Behind Neck Shoulder Press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Upright Row: 12 x 4: 25kg
    Angled Bench Press: 12 x 4: 22kg
    Lateral Raises: 12 x 4: 27kg
    Dumbbell Shrug: 12 x 4: 37kg

    No gains this week and to be honest I struggled with all of these!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    That's another new low for me this year but, more exciting for me is that my waist has come down to 26.5 inches which, combined with my new weight and the two body fat calculators I use, puts me in at 10% Body Fat!

    ONLY 2% MORE TO GO!

    I had a good run this morning - although it felt very cold for the time of year. The sun was out but I think the overnight clear sky combined with the fact that it was only 12 degree C yesterday kept the temperature down. I kept my second layer on for the entire time, something I hadn't done since I started cardio earlier this year. I didn't have time to go as far as I did on Sunday, but it was a pain free 35 minute "fasted cardio" session with a good sprint for the very last leg. Talking of last legs, I still feel I could do with increased endurance / strength in my legs. I feel that my legs are always the first to start complaining, normally about half way round.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 129.5lbs

    Big end of month entry day today but before I do that I was suprised and pleased to see another 0.5lb drop on the scales this morning!

    START OF MONTH STATS
    WEIGHT: 134lb
    BODY FAT:12%
    BICEPS: 13.25
    CALVES: 14.25
    CHEST: 37
    FOREARMS: 11
    HIPS: 34.5
    THIGHS: 20.75
    WAIST: 29

    END OF MONTH STATS
    WEIGHT: 129.5 (-4.5lb)
    BODY FAT: 10% (-2%)
    BICEPS: 13 (-0.25)
    CALVES: 14 (-0.25)
    CHEST: 36.5 (-0.5)
    FOREARMS: 11 (-0)
    HIPS: 33.5 (-1)
    THIGHS: 20 (-0.75)
    WAIST: 26.5 (-2.5)

    I had initially hoped to loose 8lbs this month but I must admit I think that original goal was unrealistic and unnecessary. I am very pleased with the results, the main one being a healthy 2% drop in body fat. I don't wish to get above 10% again! I feel that bewtween 8 - 10% is a very healthy reading that I would like to stick to from this point forward.

    I'll take a pic of myself tomorrow and post it on my page for the record.

    I had a very good leg session this morning and could barely walk up the stairs afterwards. I then had an unexpected leg work out as my wife was ill and I had to push my two children up the hill to nursary. I could have done this really slowly but it started raining half way up so ended up pushing myself - and the two children!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 129.5lbs

    The big news for today - I've signed up for the ballot to run in the London Marathon 2010!

    Have I run a marathon before?... errr No!

    Could I run for a bus this time last year?... err No!

    Do I think I can do it?... Well, yes I think I can!

    I'm not in the race yet however as this is just the first ballot. Like most big city marathon events it is heavily oversubscribed and I won't find out if I've been selected until October. If I haven't then I'll need to find a charity to run for. So it's not certain yet if I'm going to be able to do it but now that I've entered I really want to!

    So if I can't do the London Marathon I'll be looking for a similar event.

    I used to ask myself why so many people want to do something that is so physically challenging. Well the answer is obvious to me now - the challenge! I guess you're either the sort of person who needs to be constantly challenged, or you're not. I think most people fit into the latter category. I certainly used to!

    So in the Autumn I'll be gearing up for some long distance running. I don't think this will effect my training much, if at all. I'll probably just add another cardio session into my week and go for a long run once or twice a month. I guess I'd better do some research into suitable training practices for a beginners marathon. I'm not intending to break any records, I'd just be really happy to finish!

    If there are any long distance runners out there - your advice would be most appreciated!

    I'll hopefully be posting new pics of myself later on today - I just need to get access to the bathroom!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 129.5lbs

    The big news for today - I've signed up for the ballot to run in the London Marathon 2010!

    Have I run a marathon before?... errr No!

    Could I run for a bus this time last year?... err No!

    Do I think I can do it?... Well, yes I think I can!

    I'm not in the race yet however as this is just the first ballot. Like most big city marathon events it is heavily oversubscribed and I won't find out if I've been selected until October. If I haven't then I'll need to find a charity to run for. So it's not certain yet if I'm going to be able to do it but now that I've entered I really want to!

    So if I can't do the London Marathon I'll be looking for a similar event.

    I used to ask myself why so many people want to do something that is so physically challenging. Well the answer is obvious to me now - the challenge! I guess you're either the sort of person who needs to be constantly challenged, or you're not. I think most people fit into the latter category. I certainly used to!

    So in the Autumn I'll be gearing up for some long distance running. I don't think this will effect my training much, if at all. I'll probably just add another cardio session into my week and go for a long run once or twice a month. I guess I'd better do some research into suitable training practices for a beginners marathon. I'm not intending to break any records, I'd just be really happy to finish!

    If there are any long distance runners out there - your advice would be most appreciated!

    I'll hopefully be posting new pics of myself later on today - I just need to get access to the bathroom!

    Until tomorrow!
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    1st May 2009 Progress Pics


    1st taken on 26th January 2009 and the second taken today at 10% Body Fat.

    I'm really looking forward to a more progressive and serious bulk this year - but not until I hit that 8% BF!
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    Daily calorie intake approx: 2000 calories
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    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    I've started my "Carb Up" weekend which will last through to end of play on Monday. This coincides nicely with our May Day Bank Holiday weekend and with my parents coming over on Monday. I'll be attempting to eat at Maintenance levels which for me is about 2000 calories. I MUST be careful though as I'm notoriously bad at doing this! Once I start eating I find it very difficult to stop, so although I'll be eating nearly twice as much as normal, I'll need to be EVEN MORE disciplined!

    At least I know this about myself now and can gear up for it. This is where this journal will really help to keep my in check over the next few days - and to make sure I get right back on track on Tuesday!

    I am going to eat the occasional cake over the next few days when offered and I do expect my weight to go up accordingly. I'm sure, however, that this weekend with significantly boost my metabolism and will allow my to continue my journey down to 8% body fat by the end of May.

    I had an exceptionally good long run this morning. I guesstimate that my long run is about 4 miles but I have no real way of telling as most of it is through wooded areas that I can't drive through to measure.

    In light of my recent decision to run a marathon next year I'm going to plan out 3 routes in the car, the first at 4 miles, the second at 6 miles and the third at 10 miles. I'll then be able to occasionally run these routes to make sure I'm covering the necessary distances to get marathon ready. Of course it may take me a while to build up to the 10 mile route, but at least if I know what it is I'll be ready to have a go!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 131lbs

    My Carb Up weekend is going according to plan... not! Giving my wife carte blanche to cook whatever she wants is always a recipe for disaster. The kitchen becomes a hive of cake making activity as the butter and sugar stocks finally get their comeuppance.

    I am of course exaggerating! My wife is an amazing cook and she always produces the most scrumbscious food. Unfortunately it's not always the healthiest, but it always looks and tastes great! Yesterday she made a Rhubarb Crumble Cake which was of course delicious and I’m not saying no this weekend!

    Fortunately for me I've run the most miles this week so far this year. I'm estimating that I ran 3 miles on Wednesday and 4 miles yesterday and today. That makes 11 miles in total so I'm confident I'm going to be burning off most of what is being put inside me. Anything left over should be retained water - hence the weight increase. When my diet regains its squeaky clean regime next week, I'm sincerely hoping that I'll quickly return to my pre-Carb Up weight of 129.5lbs.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 132lbs

    Last day of my Carb Up weekend - phew! I'm beginning to feel quite bloated and fat. I think it will take to the end of the week just to clear out all my retained water - especially after yesterday...

    My wife decided that she wanted to go out for a Chinese for lunch. Again I think she was taking advantage of my current binge. I had beef in black bean sauce with egg fried rice which of course was fantastic but quite a bit more than my normal cottage cheese on one piece of bread!

    She then went into what I can only describe as a Food Porn shop. It was actually a bakery but the display of raw, naked chocolate gateauxs and cheesecakes was enough to make a grown man cry - let alone someone trying to shrink a little! Fortunately I was able to suppress the urge to buy everything my stomach desired and we left with only a bag of bagels for our sins.

    I had a good chest and triceps workout this morning - back to normal tomorrow - until then!
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    Weighed in today at 133lbs

    The Carb Up weekend is finally over and I must say that I'm delighted to be back on my cutting diet. I do have a real self control problem when I start to eat really tasty food but I just don't like myself much when I feel out of control. In my book, you're only truly free when YOU are in control - at least when you feel you are in control!

    So back to the cutting plan again and back to that 1200 calorie a day diet.

    Fantastic!

    I must say I love to cut! You can actually see your body evolve, week after week, from what feels like an old Black and White Telly into a Super High Definition, HD Ready, Flat Screen Plasma TV!

    You probably think I'm mad but the times I most enjoy eating is when I'm really hungry. I'm always hungry when I'm cutting so I ALWAYS enjoy my food - no matter how simple it is.

    I had a good Shoulders & Back training session this morning. No increases but pushed each to failure. At long last I'm beginning to see some improvement to my traps.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 131.5lbs

    Everything back to normal again. I was a little worried that I would really struggle with my cutting diet after such a long weekend of binging, but I didn't have any particular problems. I did drink more herbal tea than normal but mainly in an effort to flush out my system and loose the retained water baggage. I dropped 1.5lbs since yesterday so this clearly worked to some degree. I'm hoping to be back to 129.5 by Friday!

    I had a good run this morning, nothing special, just the normal 3 miles with no aches or pains and a good home run sprint. I've planned out a 6 mile run that I might (not promising) attempt on Sunday. If I do it then it will be the longest distance I have ever run, so I'm not rushing into it! I'm physically ready for it but I'll see how I feel after my Saturday 4 mile run.

    I have set up a target of being 8% body fat by the end of this month but this may be a little too ambitious. Judging from my results last year I estimate to being at least 6 weeks off this ideal, but I may even be 8 weeks off. With this in mind I'm mentally preparing myself for another 2 months of cutting! I'm not stopping until I'm 8%!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 131lbs

    I have a very, very, very slight cold!

    I think this is the slightest cold I've ever had!

    If I think about it I feel a little bit ill. If I don't think about it then I feel fine.

    And how is everyone else doing in my household?

    They're all really sick!

    Funny that!

    I used to pick up a bad cold / cough every time one of my children brought one back from nursery like some sort of anti-gift device, but when I'm in the sort of shape I'm now approaching they hardly seem to touch me.

    Just another benefit of keeping in shape!

    I had a really good leg session this morning. My deadlift sets were feeling really easy and I was just beginning to think that I really was becoming bionic when I realised I had complete miss-read my notes and had forgotten to put about 20kg of plates onto the bar. I guess I was a little less clear headed than normal. So I put the correct weight setting back and didn't feel quite so bionic after all!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 130.5lbs

    I still have a slight cold but it only seems to be making my brain a little fuzzy. My diet and training is still progressing as normal.

    I had another "fuzzy brain" moment this morning when doing my Closed Grip EZ Bar Curl. The very first lift and I thought, "Hey! Either my right arm has become incredibly bionic over night or my left has become incredibly un-bionic!"

    Of course it was neither - I had missed out a plate on the left hand side of the bar! Good Grief!

    The weird thing was that, after correcting the mistake, I lifted the bar and it wobbled again, as if it was still unbalanced. I had to put everything down to triple check. The weights were now correct so I took a minute to balance my thinking before starting over.

    I think the imbalance from the first lift made my right arm automatically expect the same imbalance the second time around and so over-compensated for an expected imbalance that simply wasn't there. Strange!

    Anyway, I'm hoping I'll be OK for by normal aerobic weekend. I feel absolutely fine now but I know from experience that even a minor cold can negatively impact aerobic training.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    It's been a week since I started my monster, 3-day Carb Up May Day Festival Weekend and I've finally shed all the retained water to arrive back at the weight I started at. Now will be the test to see if it's paid off! Will it have boosted my metabolism enough to enable me to continue loosing weight whilst maintaining my strength and muscle mass, or will it have been the biggest, most unnecessary pig out since Emperor Nero said, "I'll just have a sandwich thanks!"

    Last night I was having serious doubts as to the wisdom of going for my scheduled run this morning. My nose was running faster than I thought I could and my legs still hurt from Thursday's Leg set. Well I went anyway and, although it wasn't my personal best and I did leave a trail of slime in my wake, I survived the 3 mile treck with an attempted sprint to finish.

    I'm hoping to have persuaded the wife to no cheat meals this weekend. She still likes to produce what I can only describe as "food porn" at the weekends but she's being a little more understanding to the severe trauma I suffer when having to say no to such erotic food.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    I really hate being ill!

    It's even worse when I've told everyone in this journal how incredibly amazing I am because my family got really ill but I survived. Well after updating my journal yesterday it hit my with the full force of a nuclear sneeze. The slight illness I had been entertaining for the last few days turned out the be just the appetizer and I now have my head fully submerged in the main course.

    Am I feeling a little conceited... arrogant even?

    Well yes!

    I'm definitely not even thinking about going for a run this morning and am back on maintenance diet until I recover. I guess the real test will be how long this will keep me out of the gym for. Typically it's around a week but I am really hoping that it won't be that long this time around. In fairness I am already feeling much better than yesterday so I'll see how a Chest & Tricep workout looks tomorrow morning.

    Until then!
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    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    Well my voice sounds like a Triumph Bonneville, my head feels like it's in a crash helmet sitting on a Triumph Bonneville and my legs feel like jelly wobble but I did my Chest and Tricep workout anyway!

    You should have heard the mental debate I had with myself whilst lying in bed trying to make the decision. Again it's were routine just kicks right in and you find yourself getting up and doing it whether you feel like it or not.

    Not the greatest workout in the world - I only did three sets of each instead of four - although I ended on a strong note with a very normal 4 set Butterfly Bench Press and Tripep Curl.

    It also allows me to get right back on my cutting diet.

    I'm fairly certain I'm not going to be going for a run on Wednesday but as long as I can keep up my weight training I'll be very happy.

    Until tomorrow!

    P.S. For those of you who prefer 2 wheels to 4, a Triumph Bonneville is a motorcycle, very popular in the 70s and I believe being made by Triumph in the UK today.
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    Weighed in today at 128.5lbs

    Well I'm feeling infinitely better today, especially as my daily weigh-in came in at the lowest level for this year! More importantly, 1.5lbs less than when I started my Carb Up Weekend just over a week ago now.

    Of course it's not all fat (or god forbid muscle) loss although a quick measurement of my waist shows me descended rapidly towards 26.25 inches ( 0.25 less than before my Carb Up). I've also made a few subtle changes to the order of my meal plan to help reduce the amount of complex carbs I was having in the evening. Finally I've started to drink Japanese Brown Tea in the evening. It's caffein free and supposed to help digest food quicker (according to my wife!). Anyway I think these changes may have helped to flush out some more retained water from my Carb Up and some of the Cheat Food I had when I was ill over the weekend.

    Although I think it's really important to keep to a very rigid routine I also think it's equally important to keep making subtle changes when you think something can be improved.

    I had a very good Shoulders & Back workout today and felt my strength has fully returned. Certainly no increases in weight but I did my normal 4 sets with better performances on the last set for each.

    I'm even thinking about going for a run tomorrow... I said "thinking about"...!

    Nothing particularly humorous in today's journal so a quick joke...

    How do you catch a fish?

    Get someone to throw you one!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 128.5lbs

    Well I thought about going for a run this morning... and I went!

    I did my normal fasted cardio 3 mile route and although I had to stop twice to clear my nose - using my T Shirt - yuk! (don't tell the wife) and I certainly didn't break any records, I felt good!

    And after a shower and a protein shake I felt fantastic!

    So much for taking a week off for illness. This cold has cost me approximately 1 day of training. Not bad considering there are certain people out there who think I'm on too low a daily calorie intake and will therefore suffer certain hospitalization before next Tuesday!

    My wife produced a lovely, juicy and ultra tender stake for dinner last night. She's a fantastic cook and always produces the finest gourmet food but I wish she'd inject a little more protein sometimes. Well I couldn't complain last night - in fact I never complain about her food. I'm always so grateful to have every evening meal made for me even if I don't have any control over exactly what that meal is. It's normally ultra-clean and healthy, is different just about ever single night and always tastes great. It's like having my own personal restaurant... at home! I keep meaning to take pictures and post them somewhere... maybe now I've written that I might start doing it!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 129lbs

    I had an excellent Leg workout this morning which was great! Unfortunately I'm on "looking after the children" duty today and therefore had to push them both to nursery which is a mile up a steep hill using a heavy off-road buggy. I can normal virtually jog this but after only one hour since my set I nearly had to ask an old lady for help as she overtook me!

    As I'm sure most of you can appreciate it's hard enough just to walk up the stairs after a good leg set.

    Anyway I'm still making good gains in strength which is a little surprising this far into my cut. I am definitely going to have to upgrade all my home gym equipment when I'm done. When I first bought my current set up I clearly remember thinking that this would last me for the rest of my days but I'm already looking to max out on some of the recommended load levels. In fairness it was all quite cheap and cheerful but I still thought it would all last a lifetime.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 128.5lbs

    As it's Friday I thought I'd reflect a little on my thinking during the week. I've had a few comments to deal with regarding my low calorie intake over the last few days in a very similar way to when I cut last year. At that time most critism came from my family who were shocked at what seemed to them my sudden weight loss.

    I do find it very difficult to listen to criticism objectively. I do, however, welcome any remark that helps us all to think a little more for ourselves and to make up our own minds about the world around us. I'm sure most of us really do believe that we do think for ourselves and are fully responsible for every decision we make. Unfortunately, with the slick wheels of mass media ever circularing; around us, through us and into us, it is becoming harder and harder for us all to do any free thinking.

    When I used to get on the tube to London everyday I felt that we had already entered a thought controlled environment very similar to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four. Everyone would pick up exactly the same free newspaper, sit down and allow the same 20 pages of pointless information to enter their sleepy, absorbent minds.

    I personally haven't read a newspaper, watched the news or glanced at any news online since January. It all just got too depressing!

    I've just gone way off base! Anyway I guess the question I've been asking myself this week is, "Is it really healthy, sensible and necessary to go below 10%?"

    But it occurred to me, so what if it isn't the most ultra-healthy thing that I could be doing! Enough people die running marathons, climbing mountains, skiing or riding horses but society would always fully support anyone intending to do all of these.

    I am tempted to stop my cut early and start a very slow, controlled bulk, but if I do, is it because I want to, or is it because I'm allowing my own thinking to be controlled by other people's thinking?

    I very nearly gave up my cut last year because of the critism I had but looking back I'm really glad I continued. I enjoyed the whole process, despite (or because of) it's challenges, and certainly enjoyed the physical, health and visual benefits.

    Seeing the person I am now compared to the person I was back then, my entire family now fully support my training program.

    Well I guess I have two choices. To continue my cut to 8% body fat or abort and start to work on muscle growth. At least most of us are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can make these decisions independently, even if most people choose to do nothing but simply eat more and more... and more.

    For now I'm going to continue until the end of May and reflect some more at that time.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 129lbs

    Well my wife is off on a business trip to Japan for the best part of two weeks so I'll be here looking after my two boys... on my own!

    This has raised a few more questions / problems for me to sort out regarding my training and diet routine. Firstly my training; it won't be easy but I'll have to do the best I can. I won't be able to go for my normal morning run as I can't leave them alone in the house, so I'll have to put together some sort of weighted step routine. Secondly I am going to be disturbed during my training time, which these days is between 7am - 7.45am. They can rarely be alone together for more than half an hour before attempting to remove each others limbs for want of a toy something.

    I'm also thinking about upping my calorie intake during this time. There is no way I use the same calories sitting behind a desk for 12 hours a day as I do running after two boys!

    But if I can't do my normal focussed training then maybe my calories should remain the same!

    I guess this is called "life getting in the way... again!" and why I go on an on about the importance of an established routine.

    This all reminded me of another on-going problem I've always had and always will have regarding my diet. My evening meal!

    I know from experience that my wife will leave me a series of nearly ready prepared food for the duration - you know I used to cook all my own food for years and years - which will be great. But it reminded me that I really have absolutely no idea how many calories I consume for my evening meal. I didn't know when I cut last year and I have no idea today.

    I think this is the biggest strength and biggest weakness to my diet. I see it as a strength because of the healthy variety of food I eat - she rarely makes the same dish twice - but it's a massive weakness because I have no real control over my daily calorie intake AND it's always too much food in one hit too late in the day for me... if it were my choice AND the time varies when I eat the food anywhere between 7.30pm to 9pm.

    So what I do is guestimate the calories!

    When I'm cutting she tries to gives me smaller portions and I guestimate this to be 500 calories.

    When I'm not cutting she gives me larger so I guestimate this to be 600.

    But honestly it could be anywhere between 400 to 1000. I really have no idea!

    It really wound me up last year but I've come to accept it now. It's strange that I know my exact calorie intake during from 7am - 7pm and exactly when I'm going to eat that food but after 7pm it's all taken completely out of my hands.

    Anyway, I may well not increase my calorie intake when she leaves... or maybe I will!?!

    It's at times like these, especially when combined with my thoughts laid out in yesterdays journal, when a cutting program stands on a knife edge!

    Until tomorrow!

    P.S. I had a good 4 mile ran this morning and feel very much back to normal again.
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    Good results man, keep it up.
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    Weighed in today at 128.5lbs

    Well you'll be pleased to hear (or not - depending on how you feel about my current goal) that I'm feeling a lot more positive about my 2009 cut.

    I came to the conclusion last night that, when I reach 8% again this year, I'm probably never going to look like that ever again!

    As I'm now so close to re-gained that look, one last time, I know I would regret it if I did stop now. I would definitely feel that I whimped out of a commitment I made to myself way back in 2008.

    With that in mind I've done some more very minor tweaking to my diet in an attempt to eliminate every ounce of processed sugar from my diet and with re-renewed determination I will carry on.

    The decision was also helped by the Body Fat reading on my scales going down another 1% this morning although my weight remained the same. This does NOT mean that I'm announcing that I've lost another 1%. It is only one measure of two that I use but I see it as a good sign that I am managing to still loose body fat whilst making some gains in muscle density.

    I had an easy fasted cardio 4 mile run this morning with no aches or pains and a very strong sprint to finish.

    I'm feeling good!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 128.5lbs

    Well my weight remains the same but my waistline is still decreasing. A quick measurement this morning pulled it in at just over 26 inches. I still think I'm 10% body fat but 9% is closing in fast.

    I'm not going to be 8% by the end of the month, that was my original goal, but hopefully by Mid June. I'm really going to sound like a girl here but I have a wedding to attend on the 20th June at which point I think my cut should officially end. It would be good to enjoy what would amount to a celebratory carb-up weekend knowing that I've achieved my goal for 2009! I won't have a thing to where (that was the real girly bit) as I still haven't bought a suit since I was Fat Daddy, but hopefully it will be warm enough for me to just wear a pair of trousers (pants) with a shirt and tie. The one pair of smart trousers that still nearly fit need to have a large pleat folded in to do the trick. I don't seem to be able to find any shops that sell men's clothes with a 26 inch waist! Please don't tell me that I should look in the children's section. I just couldn't face that!

    This is beginning to read like a script from Sex and the City!

    Good grief!

    Anyway, I had a good Chest & Tricep workout this morning although I did notice a slight decrease in strength. It was expected! I've recently stopped recording exactly what weights I do as they normally remain the same and the regular increases I was making during the first part of my cut have gradually dissipated. I'm very confident, however, that "muscle memory" will kick in once I start to bulk and I'll soon regain any lost mass.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 128lbs

    And that's a new low for me this year! The scale actually flickered between 127.5lbs and 128lbs (it's not very accurate) so things are still progressing very well. I think eradicating nearly every last grain of processed sugar has helped and I've also reduced the amount of skimmed milk powder I use in my porridge and coffee. Every little helps!

    I've noticed another benefit of this years cut. My wife! Yes, it's finally beginning to rub off on her (well... in that she's not able to drink alcohol with me and we never have any desserts anymore) and she's lost weight! She's now the thinest I've seen her since she first got pregnant over 5 years ago now. Unfortunately she still doesn't follow any training programs and so will have lost fat and muscle, but hey - I guess it's better than nothing and she does get some exercise just bringing up the two boys and life in general.

    I had an average shoulders and back workout this morning. Nothing worth writing about but I progressed each set to failure as always.

    I'm getting very close to 9% now - hopefully before the end of this week!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Just thought I'd upload a quick progress pic. I've never taken a pic of my back before so I'm pleasantly surprised!
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    Weighed in today at 127lbs

    And that's another new low for me this year!!!

    And with my waist now coming in at 26 inches and the other readings I use I'm now putting myself in at 9% body fat!

    ONLY 1% MORE TO GO!!!

    I was really pleased with my back pic I took yesterday evening. I had never seen it before and it really gave me a tremendous sense of achievement! I only wish my abs had the same definition but, as I've think I've mentioned before, I had a history of problems with my abs since I was a teenager and it's only really been this year when I swapped exercising them from 2 days a week to the current 1 day a week that I've started to make some progress. So I'll just have to be patient with them but I don't think they'll ever be really impressive - we'll see I guess.

    Still I'm very pleased in general and hopefully only have another 2 or 3 weeks until I hit 8% and I can start progressing my muscle development.

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weighed in today at 127.5lbs

    My energy levels were definitely down yesterday. I haven't mentioned it but I am now looking after my two boys whilst my wife is engaged on a large freelance project for a japanese company. It's a great opportunity for her but I'm certainly learning how challenging it is looking after children. I think there are three core skills you need to be a good parent. Patience, patience and patience.

    Well that's my parental advice for the year.

    Whenever I do the on-my-own, week-day parental thing I'm always staggered by how much extra energy I burn off. I normally do it when I'm either on Maintenance or Bulking diet but on a serious cut...!

    I'm supplementing my diet with fruit when I really need an energy boost but the hardest part is when I'm feeding them. You wouldn't believe how much self-discipline it takes when your giving your children the most gorgeous, sexy and down right naughty food that I'm simply not allowed to touch! I won't even allow myself to finish off what's left over, not that there's ever much left over. For example... Strawberry Jam on Toast with lashings of butter!!!

    I had a very good leg session this morning and set a PR for Deadlifts. I've only been doing these for about 2 months so nothing to really shout about but it's always good to see increases in anything this far into a cut.

    PR: Deadlifts: 12 x 4 @ 53.5kg (excluding barbbell and collars)

    Until tomorrow!
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    Just thought I'd post up my current training program before my current cut ends.

    MONDAY
    CHEST & TRICEPS

    Bench Press: 12 x 4: 32.5kg
    Closed Grip Bench Press: 12 x 4:10kg
    Inclined Bench Press: 12 x 4: 16kg
    Butterfly Bench Press: 12 x 4: 38.5kg
    Tricep Curl: 12 x 4: 15kg
    Crunches: 20 x 5: 5kg

    TUESDAY
    SHOULDERS & BACK

    Behind Neck Shoulder Press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Upright Row: 12 x 4: 25kg
    Angled Bench Press: 12 x 4: 20kg
    Lateral Raises: 12 x 4: 17kg
    Dumbbell Shrug: 12 x 5: 37kg

    WEDNESDAY
    RUN 3 MILES

    THURSDAY
    LEGS

    Squats: 12 x 4: 37.5kg
    Deadlifts: 12 x 4: 53.5kg
    Leg Extensions: 12 x 4: 30kg
    Standing Calf Raise: 12 x 5: 57kg

    FRIDAY
    ARMS & ABS

    E-Z Barl Curl: 12 x 4: 30kg
    Closed Grip E-Z Barl Curl: 12 x 4: 23.5kg
    Dumb Bell Curls: 12 x 4: 10kg
    Reverse Wrist Curl: 12 x 4: 10kg
    Forward Wrist Curl: 12 x 4: 22.5kg
    Crunches: 12 x 5: 5kg

    SATURDAY
    RUN 4 MILES

    SUNDAY
    RUN 4 MILES
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    Weight: 128lbs
    Daily calorie intake approx: 1300 calories over 7 meals a day
    Current Body fat percentage reading: 9%
    Training Platform: Bionic Training Program
    Training Phase: Cutting

    Weighed in today at 128lbs

    It was my son's 3rd birthday yesterday hence the weight increase. Yes, that is how much half a birthday cakes weighs. Well that was my cheat meal for the week!

    I know people often question the benefit of weighing yourself everyday. Most people seem to favour a weekly measurement instead. They think it's a pointless exercise as your weight varies from day to day. Well of course they're right, which is why I never get too upset when I see it fluctuate in the wrong direction. However the point of weighing myself everyday is not primarily to measure and record my weight but to reinforce my daily commitment to my training and diet!

    By weighing yourself everyday you are re-affirming you daily commitment to achieving your goals and objectives whilst continuing to keep yourself fully accountable. It's the same reason I keep a journal that I update 7 days a week. Keeping the journal itself is not the primary objective but by actually doing it keeps re-establishing my daily diet and training commitment.

    It's my personal belief that it's not the latest fad diet we are on or what particular weight training program we use that makes one person more successful than another. I think success comes with doing what we set out to do every day that makes the difference. Of course the correct diet and training is very useful but only if you have the self-discipline to follow it through for the duration. Most people seem totally unable to do this. The number of new journals that come and go is a fair reflection of this!

    I'm not sure why I decided to give everyone a lecture today. Probably because I'm still looking after the children!

    Anyway I had a good Arm & Abs workout this morning and my wife said she's noticed some real progress in definition over the last couple of weeks which is always nice to hear!

    Until tomorrow!
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    Weight: 130lbs
    Daily calorie intake approx: No idea!
    Current Body fat percentage reading: 9%
    Training Platform: Bionic Training Program
    Training Phase: Surviving

    Weighed in today at 130lbs

    Another disastrous day yesterday. It started off OK although I wasn't able to go for my normal Sunday run. Then my Grandparents came round to help me with the children, which was great in theory but they brought with them the same cake I couldn't stop eating yesterday AND another sugar engulfed pudding! Good Grief!

    From the point of their ar***** my energy level just fell through the floor. Having to be a host AND look after the children really was just too much! So I just gave up all efforts to be even the slightest bit healthy and just ate whatever I saw in some desperate effort to keep going.

    I was totally exhausted by the end of the day AND had another very difficult night's sleep keeping them both comfortable. They were also up this morning at 6am!

    This will continue until Thursday. Today is Monday AND this is a holiday week so no nursery to help with the burden. Oh dear!

    So I'm giving up all training and diet until then things return to normal. It's just too much! I'm also not sure if I'll be able to keep my journal as it's taken me nearly two hours just to write this with the constant interruptions.

    Anyway... until next time.
  

  
 

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