Thursday, April 7, 2011

8 Weeks Until Summer Cut Program

     I turned 50 years old in March. I'm starting my "8 Weeks Until Summer Cut Program" this week. I weighed 187lbs in March of last year. I went to a Tony Robbins "Unleash the Power Within" seminar in Orlando in March of 2010. After the seminar I went Vegan for about 8 weeks. My weight started falling off quickly, unfortunately a lot of it was muscle. This was not the first time I had done this routine. I had done Vegan and Vegetarian diets before and had seen the same results. Back in 2008 I had read "The Paleo Diet" by Dr. Loren Cordain after my last Vegan experiment. This time I had stumbled upon "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sission. I really liked Mr. Sission's approach to the Paleo/Evolutionary Diet, so in June of 2010 I started the "Primal Blueprint". My weight stabilized at about 167lbs and I started gaining back muscle mass. I decided this winter to try and add even more weight back so I added whole raw milk from a local diary to my diet. Using whole raw milk and raw heavy cream my weight went back up to 175lbs. When I got to 175lbs I decided to stop the mass gain because my waist measured 37 inches. I stopped the diary about 6 weeks ago and my weight has dropped to 170 lbs and my waist is 36.5 inches. My goal over the next 8 weeks is to reduce my waist size to 33-34 inches. I really don't have a goal for my weight, but it will probably be around 162lbs. I was at this size in 2002 after finishing a program called,"The Ultimate Body Challenge". I was follow Standard American Diet (SAD) using Conventional Wise (CW) at the time;low fat, high carb, and moderate protein. After the program I seem to fall into some metabolic derangement where I had to keep eating less and exercising more to keep from putting weight back on, so I tried a lot of different diet strategies between 2003 and 2010. I will write a post on them sometime in the future. I have been following the Primal Blueprint since June of 2010 and have had no problem in controlling my weight.
     So what is my "8 Weeks Until Summer Cut Program"? I will continue with the Primal Blueprint but I will be doing less overall calories. I will be eating at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. I figure my goal weigh is probably 162-165 lbs, so I'll be eating 165 grams of protein per day. I have been eating about 180 grams of protein per day. I'm going to hold my carbs between 50 and 100 grams depending on how much exercise I do on a particular day. On training days I will hold the carbs to 100 grams and on non-training days I will limit carbs to 50 grams. I will be holding total calories around 2,000 until I see where I need to go with them. Fats of course will make up the difference in calories between the combination of protein and carbs and total calories. I am going to record my food and exercise on this blog for the 8 weeks to hold myself accountable.
     And we are off! Here I am at 170 lbs and 36.5 waist. I want to reduce my love-handles and the little pooch at and below my navel.


  1. Ummmm Bodhi.... what pooch??? You look really geat right now. Good luck on your 8 weeks!

  2. Thanks Bobbi. The pooch is there, it ain't much but I want to get cut for the summer.