Summer Cut Update #2: Down 8 lbs!! What I’m Doing to Reach My Goals

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Starting Weight (April 18th): 152 lbs

1st Check in Weight & Cut Update #1 Post (May 13th): 145 lbs

Current Weight (July 7th): 144 lbs


Happy Saturdayy!!

I wanted to do a lil cut update for those of you who have been following along with my summer cut!! I wrote my first ‘cut update’ blog post on May 13th and things were going well!! I adjusted my macros to be in a moderate (-300 calorie) caloric deficit and tracked for the first week or two. I began to stray away from tracking my macros a couple weeks in because it can be really tedious and kind of exhausting constantly worrying about your macros and stressing over hitting them. I wanted to reach my goal of toning up for the summer but I also didn’t want to add unnecessary stress to myself during the summer.. which is supposed to be a break from stress!! So, I decided to just stick with intuitive eating.

Intuitive Eating: “…is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.”

Fancy wording short, I simply eat when I’m hungry and don’t eat when I’m not hungry. I mainly eat healthy, well-rounded meals simply because I enjoy eating healthy. I love the way it makes my body feel and the energy it provides you with. However, if I’m craving a brownie and I feel like my body can handle it that day, I’ll eat that dang brownie. I have found a really good way to balance it all out and it has been working really well!! I don’t starve myself or torture myself by not eating things I’m craving. I’m just livin 😉


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How I’ve Been Reaching My Goals:

  • Current workout split: I haven’t been following a super strict workout split. When I go to the gym I usually just train whatever muscle group(s) I feel like training that day. However, since I began my summer cut I shifted my focus a lot more towards leaning out my quads, abs and upper body and have been focusing less on glute isolation workouts. So my current workout split usually looks like this-ish: glutes & quads, glutes & hamstrings, glute isolation, back & abs, biceps & chest, triceps & shoulders. Something like that!!
    • You can form your own workout split!! A workout split is just a schedule of what muscle groups you want / prefer to pair together and train! You can make it your own! Make it a split you enjoy and that works for you 🙂
      • Quick tip: I recommend to not train two large muscle groups together on the same day. For example, I hate training biceps and triceps on the same day. They’re two large muscle groups in your arms and it’s exhausting and I never feel like I completely burn either muscle group out because they’re two main groups. So I train a larger muscle group with a smaller muscle group! I also hate training quads & hamstrings together because of the same reason!! It’s all up to you though!
  • Current training schedule: I’ve been trying to train 5-6 days a week whenever I have spare time in between work 🙂
  • Current cardio: I try to get in at least two 20 minute sessions on the Stair Master a week. I walk a shit ton at work (like I’m talking 4 miles in a 5 hour shift) and am constantly on my feet so I haven’t been doing much cardio at the gym. I like to do a quick warm up on the treadmill and then superset my weight training (doing two exercises back to back with little to no rest in between) to really keep my heart rate up and the sweat going!
  • Current fitness goals: My current fitness goals are to lean out my quads, biceps, triceps and lower tummy, so far so good 🙂
  • Current dieting technique: I talked about it a lil bit earlier, but I’m just intuitively eating right now! No macro counting, just listening to my body and eating well rounded meals! I love this dieting technique but I would definitely recommend for a beginner to track their macros so you can get a feel for everything. Tracking my macros really helped me understand the basics of nutrition, what macros are in different foods, and helped me learn how to listen to my body!

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Cut Update #2 Struggles:

  1. I started a new job. I wanted to pick up a summer job so I could make / save some extra cash while I have some spare time! I began working at a country club as a waitress a few nights a week and it’s been a good decision so far! I make good money, the people I work with are nice and it’s a pretty chill job. The only downfall is I’m working quite a few hours a week. With working a lot of hours always on your feet and on the go: I’m tired, hungry and definitely don’t want to workout after my shift. I don’t have all of the extra time I once had to cook my meals at home, workout, write blog posts, design meal plans, etc. and that was a hard transition for me at first.
  2. All things summer. You guys summer has been sending some challenges my way to stay on track!!! Since the weather is nicer, a lot of my friends want to go out to dinner, go grab a drink, and go do fun summer things! There’s nothing wrong with this, but with the limited amount of free time I have, I’ve been having to choose to go do something fun, go to work or go to the gym which SUCKS. At the beginning of the summer I felt guilty going out to eat or having a couple alcoholic drinks. But as the summer has gone on I have learned about moderation and balance. It’s ok to go out to dinner as long as you aren’t eating a shit load throughout the day, that is how you go over your caloric intake for the day and gain weight. Find your balance!!
  3. Hitting a plateau. Whenever somebody starts a cut, you usually notice change within the first couple weeks and then hit a plateau. I hit a plateau after I lost my first 6 lbs or so. No big deal, just have to change up your routine! Your body adjusts to anything! So keep adding new workouts, switching up your diet, lowering your calories (if you need to), etc.

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How to Fix the Struggles:

  • Plan your days out. On days where I work I try to schedule all the thangs I need to get done for that day in advance. If I work an evening shift, I wake up earlier and work out in the morning, make my meals at home and plan to eat right before work so I don’t get really hungry at work and eat everything in my sight!
  • Set your goals. Set your priorities. There’s always time to reach your goals. It may take some adjusting and may be a lil extra work but it’s always worth it 🙂

If you have any additional questions on anything, feel free to email me at paigetrauernicht14@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP 🙂

**I’ll probably do one more blog post at the end of the summer to share my final results from my summer cut, so stay tuned!!**


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Sending SO Much Love | xoxoxo

Paige 🙂 


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