Why I want to do a cut
Cutting down a few kilos has several reasons that I’d like to share with you. To have a better understanding of my motivation I will let you in on some facts about my starting point at the beginning of the cut and my goal.
My profile and activity:
My starting weight was 68.6 and I’m 170 cm. I train 4-5 times a week crossfit and olympic lifting. Next to this I do yoga 3-4 times week. During the day my goal is to walk at least 10.000 steps.
My goal weight is 63 kilos so a loss of 5.6 kg. I want to achieve this in 3 months, an average loss of 0.46kg a week. I’m not changing my activity level or my workouts. Some weeks I feel like doing an extra cardio session, but that’s it. To be able to lose the 5.6 kg I have to significantly lower my calorie intake.
Now almost 3 months into my cut I learned that with the right motivation we are able to achieve anything. So this is mine.
Not really happy with my body
No I wasn’t overweight. I am completely healthy and that to me is always the most important. That being said I felt if I lost some weight I’d feel a lot better in my body; confident, better in my jeans and I figured it could also have a positive impact during my workouts. During this cut I wanted to lose fat and keep my strength and muscles. I knew i was probably not going to hit any pr’s during these 3 months. So staying strong and energized was an important measurement tool to know if i was on the right track on losing fat.I wanted to literally and figuratively feel lighter on the world.
Stop complaining and do the work
I was done complaining about how I didn’t fit my jeans as I did a year ago. Done looking at women with the body I wanted to have. Done being dissatisfied with the way I looked. I realised I was the only one who could change my mindset; do the work.
A shift in my mindset
I never experimented with diets. I don’t believe in them and here’s why. Ok, now you know my take on diets I have to be honest: I once engaged in a Paleo diet for a month. I knew people who did the month challenge and had great results; both losing weight and feeling strong(er). That caught my curiosity. In super short: Paleo basically means no rice, bread, potatoes, any type of grains and no dairy products. Instead a lot of veggies, meat, fish and fruit oh and eggs. If you want to learn more about Paleo read this article.
After I did this for a month I realised that it had changed my mindset. I experienced that when I set my mind to something I cultivated discipline to see it through. Paleo seemed an impossible diet for me. I thought that if I couldn’t drink my milky cappuccino or eat my overnight oats that would ruin my life. But it didn’t, the opposite happened. Even when I went out for dinner with friends I made every meal Paleo proof. I had fun learning about Paleo and to make sure that everything I ate was Paleo. It was fun for a month but not as a lifestyle; the meals didn’t satisfy me and it made me feel restless. Unexpectedly i gained some weight because I never felt satisfied after a meal so I was continually snacking. Next to this I didn’t feel stronger. So no paleo for me. Probably never a diet again in my life.
Eating healthy and training 4-5 times a week is something I really enjoy. Next to the Paleo diet I never challenged my body by cutting calories. Because I already eat healthy and wasn’t overweight I could only reach my goal by significantly lowering my calorie intake. The principle is easy and simple; calories in vs calories out.
Ready for a challenge
I have a competitive mindset and I like to set myself seemingly unreachable goals. Crossfit and olympic lifting really taught me to set goals and crush them. The feeling you get when this happens is so uplifting and fulfilling. I wanted to cultivate that into all parts of my life.
I genuinely feel that it’s changing my life in a positive way. It’s definitely not always fun, but I don’t expect it to be. Yes after the 3 months the cut is over but the mindset and learnings stay. And I will be cultivating them for the rest of my life in different parts of my daily routine.
I honestly still don’t know and I’m still in the process of finding the answers. Maybe there is not one answer, or any, but I know I want to listen better to this voice and feel more of this feeling that I feel in my gut that I’m not sure of what it is.
In this part 3 I will share my routines, or not?
This is part 2 where I will share what I learned about living in a community.