Six Week Cutting Diet plus quest for fun cardio.

My quest for an entertaining and fun cardio session began last week with cardio in the great outdoors. I was in Southern Ireland for a week, visiting friends and family and watching one of my best friends compete in the RIBBF show in Limerick (big congratulations to Matthew Kelly!).

I have always loved walking outside, however I fear I don’t return as sweaty and feeling like I have worked as hard as when I do other forms of cardio, hence my quest for fun cardio continues. I really enjoy the great outdoors, but perhaps too much. I love taking photographs, taking the time to spend time with nature and dawdling along, waving at the neighbours, more for leisure than beneficial cardiovascular exercise, I think!

The main topic of my blog this week is to talk about the 6 week cutting diet which I start tomorrow. I really haven’t been myself lately and couldn’t train my legs for 9 weeks due to myositis which is caused by my medication.

My eating patterns were erratic and sporadic, sometimes I could only physically manage to eat once or twice a day, and I battled with a flare up of my Crohns disease, leading to vomiting, painful joints and a badly stomach upset.

I feel I have my health under control now, and after my break I feel refreshed and ready to take on the world… In terms of bodybuilding, and also my personal life and my career!

A combination of being more sedentary, poor eating habits, being erratic with taking my nutritional supplements and medication means my off season shape is less “off season” and more relatively toned marshmallow, the cellulite is peeping at me! My clothes are a little too tight and I feel sluggish, heavy and my self esteem is lower than usual.

I had planned a six week cutting diet leading up to the Sportex festival, which saw UKBFF and IFBB athletes compete in Manchester, however it would have been more a hindrance than a help and I just was not physically ready to diet due to my health problems.

However, things are looking up for me, I feel mentally well, physically I’m almost 100% and I’m ready to get back to a lean off season shape.

I’m following my pre contest six week cutting diet, with a couple of minor changes and less cardio. I’m not dieting too “hard” so to speak, as I don’t want to do anything else that could slow down my progress. My cardio regime will begin with 40 minutes 5 days a week, and if I feel I want or need to add a little more then I will.

I also have a long standing fluid retention problem, which I am (finally) going to sort out tomorrow with a trip to the doctor. I am also going to take note of my energy levels and Crohns symptoms to see if they improve.

On that note, I hope to bring you tips for diet, training and in particular the mentality behind weight management. That is what I do as a qualified weight management coach and trainee NLP practitioner, if anyone has any questions through my six week cutting diet, feel free to contact me via www.facebook.com/ElleMacFigureCompetitor.

Elle Mac

What can be done on a 6 week cutting diet.

What can be done on a 6 week cutting diet.