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Well, I officially have 4 months before the wedding and I am starting to get into the zone on my nutrition. Over the course of the last 6 months I have been working on increasing my calories to build up my metabolism and put on a good amount of muscle. I have been tracking about 5 days a week and having 2 intuitive days.
Instead of doing one major cut right before the wedding, I needed to stair step my way down because I had my dress fitting, bachelorette party, etc. that I wanted to look good for.
About 2 or 3 weeks ago I started my cut and we slashed my calories a good amount to start with. This helps to jumpstart your body into the cut and shed off some weight up front. I will say, I can only do this because I had worked my calories up to a high enough number that I am still ‘dieting’ on a large amount of food.
I am still working out 5 days a week but we took out the intuitive days so I can be more on target each day and not have to recover from higher macros.
Over the course of the next month or so, it will have been 6-8 weeks of my cut and my body will most likely need a break.
Obviously this is just the game plan and it can always change based upon what my body is responding to but I would assume my body will need more food.
So after dieting for a month or so, we will work calories up for another month and get back to a maintenance phase where I am really pushing the weights during my workouts, I will most likely be still tracking macros 7 days a week, and trying to get lots of steps in!
In August, or 2 months before my wedding, I will go through another mini cut where I will cut calories from maintenance. It may be a more drastic cut just knowing we don’t have as long before the wedding to be locked in and we’ll hang tight there slowly decreasing calories for a month or 6 weeks.
Then, I will have a few weeks of a maintenance phase going into the wedding. This is important because you don’t look your best at the end of the cut because you’re just kind of deflated and that’s not the goal. I want to look and feel my absolute best the day of the wedding. I don’t want to eat something and immediately start puffing up the morning of my wedding because my body isn’t used to it.
It’s a lot of back and forth, or so it seems when I write it out on how this works with your macros which I totally understand so here’s the quick version.
Cut –> maintenance –> cut –> maintenance –> wedding!!
My biggest priority through all those phases is focusing on foods that make me feel good, not depriving myself during social situations and allowing myself to have free meals, and truly enjoying the process. At the end of the day, my wedding is one day out of my entire life and I want it to be magical but that will never be found on a number on the scale the morning of.
In fact, I don’t weigh myself ever. I decrease or increase my macros based upon how my body looks and feels. You don’t need to weigh yourself to know if the diet is working or not. To me, it got in my head too much and frankly I just don’t care about it because it doesn’t affect me.
I have leaned out pretty significantly over the last couple weeks of dieting and I cannot wait to slim down a little more and continue to see progress.
Another big takeaway from this that I want you to understand is that yes your nutrition matters and especially that protein number, but so do your workouts.
You will not look any different if you stop lifting weights and just doing cardio. You will lose the muscle you have built. I am going to keep lifting heavy, yeah I may take some extra walks, and whatnot but my workouts are intense. Alongside my protein intake I am unstoppable!
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