…And he gave unto him an abundance of carbohydrates and said, ‘go forth my son, and refeed.’

Today is my first reefed, so I can assure you that I am in high spirits as you read this. My day will consist of pancakes, bagels, potatoes, cereal, and tortillas. I will be taking in 400 grams of carbs today and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I am now a solid week into my diet and I have no issues to report at this time. The drastic change from an unrestricted diet to a contest prep diet was a little shocking at first. You don’t realize how often you snack or nibble throughout the day until you start restricting yourself. Like I have said before, the most unsettling of truths are realized with a properly tracked diet. I can’t even count the times I find myself standing in front of the open pantry or fridge, just staring into it as if selecting something to eat was even an option.

For all of the unrestricted eating that took place since November, I am now filled with regret for all of the eating that did not take place. I had a bucket-list of places that I wanted to eat at before I started dieting again, and I only managed to check a few off that list. As is always the case, I enter prep already desiring specific foods. I can’t help but feel that I subconsciously enjoy the misery of cravings. For now, simple pleasures will have to do. My finger is no stranger to the inside of the peanut butter jar. One trick I have to ward off the sweet cravings is to take a teaspoon or two of protein powder and add a couple drops of water to make it a paste. A spoon of that, as unsatisfying as it sounds, keeps me out of the cupboard.

As I start to reprogram myself for the difficult weeks ahead, I have also rearranged my supplement cabinet to be more geared towards a prep strategy. Whilst my cabinet is plentiful, my daily supplement menu consists of the following:

• TSN Whey

• TSN Fish Oil/CLA

• TSN Active Xtreme Multi

• TSN Cool Focus

• TSN Join Support

• TSN Digestive Enzymes

• TSN Hyperblend

• TSN Creatine Monohydrate

• TSN Cardio Igniter

• TSN Sleep

• TSN Astravar 2.0

It might look like a long list, but it really is a simple combination of what I consider the necessities. As I get leaner, I will reintroduce HMB which I find to be incredibly helpful in maintaining and protecting precious gains while on a cut. Just ask Jason Kaiman about it – he is sponsored by HMB and takes this product year round. There is really good research behind this product also. I highly recommend you look into it.

For those of you who have their ear to the ground in the supplement world, you may have heard that Top Secret Nutrition has recently made some new additions to their line. Of particular interest to me is the addition of two more flavors of Cardio Igniter (an amazing pre-workout), and the introduction of a powdered BCAA product, BCAA Hyperblend Energy Powder. I am yet to try the Hyperblend powder, but an order is on its way. The Hyperblend pills are what I am currently using.

I have also hit the ground running with my diet. To start this prep off right, I went to my local butcher to pick up some good quality natural meat. I was able to get myself a sizable quantity of meat to include pork, beef, buffalo, and elk. From ground meat, to steaks, to jerky, I have enough to keep me happy for a little while. Rationing out my new treats is hard. If I was a weaker man (and a wealthier one), these delicious meats would grace every meal. For now, a couple servings a day in-between my regular diet is serving me well. Pictured are buffalo and elk patties!

On a final note, you may recall from my post last week that I was going to make another attempt at defeating my nemesis, the 425 pound deadlift. My first attempt several weeks back got the bar above my knees, but I was unable to complete the lift and lock it back. I ended up successfully performing the lift on December 31.

Happy Lifting!

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