The Cut

July 05, 2017
I've been putting this off for long enough! Time to open My Fitness Pal, bust out the food scale and stop eating so much chocolate. Since we're finally settled into the new apartment, found a new gym and some of the insanity has died down, Husband and I are starting our cut July 5th.

And I'm putting it on here to hold myself accountable.

So how's a cut different from a diet?

Well, a diet is a specific eating regime, often used to simply refer to restricting calories (although you could also eat a vegetarian diet, or a kosher diet, etc). In this context the goal is to lose overall weight, inches or cm of circumference, or fit into a smaller clothing size. Diets can include losing fat, muscle, water weight, and goodness knows what else.

A cut is a type of diet where the goal is to specifically lose fat and keep muscle intact. Typically occurring after a bulk (where someone purposefully gains weight, both fat and muscle, by eating in excess and lifting heavy. 1:1 is considered a decent fat to muscle ratio). You try to preserve muscle by continuing to lift and eating sufficient protein, but stay at a caloric deficit to lose the fat. Emphasis on try.

I hit my one-plate-squat goal in August 2016, then I spend a week at an all inclusive resort in Mexico eating my way through buffet after buffet. Then my MIL passed away and everything was in turmoil. And then I broke my toe, putting me out of squat commission for two months.

It seemed like just as I turned 30, I was gifted with an extra 13 lbs. Like overnight (or maybe over Mexico?). And it hasn't gone away on it's own, either.
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So time to step up my nutrition and fuel game.

My bench press went up in that time, and I don't want to lose that so I'm not going to bother shooting for my previous weight. Instead I'm shooting for 130lbs, which I'm hoping will result in a smaller butt without a smaller bench.

My starting weight: 138lbs
My goal weight: 130lbs

To get there I will:
Eat 1750 calories a day - I know from experience that this amount will gradually lead me to lose weight)
+ Go to the gym to lift 4 times a week, end with a bit of cardio
+ Try to eat 88g of protein a day (that's 20% of my calorie intake.) - this is going to be really hard for me

+ I'm a picky eater. I don't like normal things like bread, can't drink my coffee black, etc.
+ I'm pescatarian, which means no non-seafood meat for me. I've also developed an interest in veganism lately, which only complicates things further.
+ I like sugar a whole lot. And whole diary milk.

So why am I bothering to do this? well, vanity I suppose, and so some of my favorite clothes fit a little bit better, and I'm hoping less refined sugar will help with my energy. I also know how easy it can be for your weight to creep up if you don't stay on top of it, and now that I've moved to a city full of good food and beer, if I don't keep an eye on it I'll have to buy a new wardrobe before I know it.



  1. No joke, I gained 40 pounds in 4 years! Now I am trying to lose that and then some. It's not easy but I am trying to make some life major changes starting with my diet and exercise. You can totally swing 8 pounds! You got this!!

  2. Best of luck! You got this. It's also refreshing to see a woman eating more than 1200 calories a day!

  3. I gained 10 pounds right when I turned thirty, too. In fact, that's when it really started to be a struggle for me to keep the weight off, before I could do and eat whatever I wanted. Ahhh, the twenties...

    Something that's helped me is to gather up all of my treats from ALL of their hiding places and then put them all somewhere that's difficult to get to. So if I want a treat I have to go downstairs to the storage room, move stuff around to get to the storage box where I put them, and then pry the lid off. A lot of times that just seems like too much effort, lol.


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