his time I made pretty good progress over six months of steady lifting and diet. I'm not entirely sure why I fell off the wagon. It was probably a confluence of factors, including some minor shoulder and glute injuries, making unnecessary changes to my program and diet, and depression probably played a major role as well. Also, I think I was being torn between wanting to lose fat and look better and wanting to be stronger. I actually dieted down from 163# to 141# while making gains on all my lifts. But then I changed my diet too aggressively and was disappointed when my lifts began to stall in spite of me increasing calories. I think the lesson learned was that I should never make aggressive changes to the program all at once.
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