Sorry for the delay between posts. The past week hasn't been quite as good as the few before, due to a few reasons. Last week I started having a lot of aches and soreness all over my body, and even doing lots of mobility work and icing didn't really help. I seem to be okay now, but it kept me out of the gym for most of last week. And today I started coming down with a cold, so I'm not feeling too hot. I'm thinking that I've probably just been fighting the cold off, and that's what caused my body to break down, but I dunno. I'm hoping it's just something minor that will go away quickly.
While my weight is still higher than I would like my body-fat is down quite a bit. I've noticed more definition in my shoulders and arms, and others have commented as well. Also, my pants are tighter in the thighs and looser in the waist. I took a body-fat measurement yesterday and it showed me at 17.5%, down from 19% about a month ago. So it seems that all the heavy lifting I've been doing has caused me to gain muscle mass, even though I've been in a calorie deficit. It's counter to most "broscience", but it is what it is. If I have to compete at a higher weight class due to simply being too muscular to cut any more weight, that's simply what I'll do.
Diet compliance has still been great. I'm not having any difficulties with this at all, to be honest. I'm not really craving anything bad, except maybe beer, but I just wait until the weekend and have my cheat day. Simple, easy, and seems to be working well for now.
Hopefully I can get back in the gym within a few days and start lifting again. I don't want to lose too much ground.