Always respected your opinion on this stuff. I read the entire thread the last couple of days. Learned some things I had questions about and got a little more confused on some others. But I think the main thing for me right now is using things you and Russellin4885 preach, at least for now. Keep it simple, don't over think it, CICO, and stay disciplined. What I have been doing is working. So why change it now? My main goal has been to get in shape for Bonnaroo Labor Day Weekend. And I feel like I'm ready today. 63 more days. Also what TLAU would always say. Pussy is a hell of a motivator. Single again at 34 man. Shit. I always felt high strung even when alcohol ruled my evenings, but my energy is through the roof these days. I'm going to the gym in the morning for my lifts and sometimes cardio. I don't eat before. I drink 2-4 quarts of water while there. I take two scoops of whey isolate with me and mix it up when I get in my car. Diet wise I'm trying my best to eat meat, veggies, fruit, and greek yogurt. The air fryer for vegetables has been a game changer. Examples: Yesterday I ate a peach and banana around 10am. Around 1pm I cooked one onion and squash in the air fryer with one teaspoon of avocado oil. Then I cooked roughly 1lb of crappie filets on aluminum foil in the air fryer with a little bit of oil to coat the foil. Dinner was two ears of corn and a large cucumber. Today I had my protein after lifting, and that's it. I've been up since 7am, and I'm not hungry. And this is where I want to make sure my example from the last 36 hours is kosher. Now I feel like has been a very light food time frame for me. But I don't want to force food if I'm not hungry. Fat loss is my main goal. Obviously muscle gain too. Ive dropped 25 lbs in 8 weeks. My arms and shoulders are finally showing definition. Long way to go, but they've definitely been noticed by people on the lake these last few weekends. No, I'm not keeping up with any macros before you chew me out. Trying not to get overwhelmed (bad word choice) or overthinking things. I'm trying to crush protein, but that's it. I usually smoke 5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs once a week. That can last 3-5 days depending on the week. I skipped this week because I have fresh fish to eat. I feel like there is plenty I'm leaving out here, but Ive already written a novel.