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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here we go again.

Traveling to Europe for two weeks with my family was an incredible experience, both Italy and Spain were beautiful! Spending time alone with the whole family was beautiful. We bonded more (can never have enough of that) and made memories to last a life time. I can't wait to do it again!

Taking last year off from competing wasn't just for our vacation. When we got back (after having pondered on this for a couple of years), I finally had my elbow fixed and it was the best decision I could have made! 

12 years of being involved in boxing: fighting, punching, coaching, training, holding pads, the constant pounding, my right elbow developed arthritis. I had three loose fragments and bone spurs on both sides, limiting my ability to get a full range of motion without pain in both directions. Bringing my hands to my face to wash or throw water on it was painful, to say the least, and forget about the pain I got if I were to jump up and reach for something, never mind lifting weights and posing! Since coming back to the sport of bodybuilding in 2009, I'm now finally able to throw a front and rear double bicep shot without pain!

It feels so good to have a full range of motion back for the simple tasks we do on a daily bases, but it feels even better now that I can rip up skull crushers, over head extensions and even push downs and really destroy my triceps with no pain. Now that my elbow is fixed, I'm hoping to take my arms to the next level!

I was able to get as big as 246 this time around, the heaviest thus far and still manage to keep my body fat right around 10%. I started dieting January 6th to prepare for the NPC Jay Cutler Classic on May 24th this year. I need to re-qualify for the Master Nationals in July and this is the show for that. 

The Jay also has a sentimental meaning to me. 2009 was the first show I competed in since returning to the weights in 2007 from 1995 and my last show was 1993. You can see, it's been a long time. The first show holds some sentimental valve for me, plus it's the hardest show around this area and if you are planning on causing some damage, then you want everyone to be there!

I have been waking up for the past week and a half weighing 220 and getting leaner by the day. I'm pretty lean right now! This tells me that calories wise, I'm taking in enough, because I'm maintaining the same body weight. (I do everything the same way everyday) and I'm burning fat and building muscle and this is where you want to be.  I have about 5 pounds of fat left. I'm running real low on my carbs, forcing my body to burn fat and eating 3000 calories. By the time I get to 215, I should be shredded

The plan is to completely shred myself first, then slowing carb back up over the course of a month; then there will be no surprises and I have plenty of time to do this. That swing from flat to full, can be as much as 10 to 15 pounds. I should be right at 225 on stage and shredded to the bone!

The leaner you get, the bigger you will look in the end!

Stay tuned...