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Picture update... because you asked :)

Guess what... bulking works!!! Here's picture proof... 

I'm close to the same weight in these two photos but with a different body composition... more muscle baby!!!! Building muscle mass is not easy... you've got to train hard, eat right, sleep well, be consistent, and do all that knowing it will be likely be quite a while before you see real results. I was actually feeling discouraged about my training tonight... until I saw these pictures next to each other. Right now I feel a bit fluffy... my tummy is no longer flat... my thighs feel jiggly... and my cellulite has made a comeback. I'm not giving up though. I will see this through! I know when it's time to cut the fat it will come off fairly easily. Last week I was exhausted and ended up taking off 4 days in a row from the gym... my longest break in many many months. I skipped my hardest workout... leg day #2. For those 4 days I ate around 1800 cal/day and just rested. At the end of those four days I had dropped 1.5lbs (of fluid), my muscles felt hard as rocks, and I looked slimmer than I had in a long time. People kept asking if I had lost weight... when really it was just the fluid that I'd lost. If you weren't aware... training hard and eating more (carbs especially) often causes fluid retention. So... I forge on... hoping I'm not a total fatty by time Christmas rolls around!

 ... and on a completely unrelated note...  my hair has grown some too... Yay!

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14 comments:

WifeMomDVM wrote about 3 years:
WOW! I can see a huge difference with way more definition in the second photo! Great job!!!! This is inspiring as I'm in your boat. Working out, eating clean, but not "seeing" the results. And yes, you're hair has grown out nicely. :)
gdr1976 wrote about 3 years:
Wow, you can totally see the difference. Great job!!!
margieward82 wrote about 3 years:
Ideally need to be taking notes and pushing ahead like you! You are amazing and look great!!
myboysmomx2 wrote about 3 years:
Super nice progress! You're doing such an amazing job. Very proud of you girlie!!!
NikkisNewStart wrote about 3 years:
Great job Steph!!! Keep pushing ahead girl... you look fantastic and I'm proud of you for sticking it through!
Hmrjmr1 wrote about 3 years:
Great Job, the extra protein you are consuming will have a direct affect on both your hair and nails. A short break like yours is not a bad thing every six - nine weeks. Keep Training you are doing great!
Paigealicious77 wrote about 3 years:
I love seeing your pics and hearing how you are doing! You are looking fabulous and you motivate and encourage me so much. So thankful to have you on my friends list. You are amazing!!
theresabell67 wrote about 3 years:
what an inspiration and motivation to me!! You look FAB!!!
sunrise611 wrote about 3 years:
You look wonderful!

My only concern is what happens if you take a break from weight training for a while. Will the bulk sag and turn to flab? It seems as if you have to keep working at it to keep it looking like that.
kellyss20 wrote about 3 years:
Wow!! Those are some killer shoulders.
warriorsal wrote about 3 years:
A little behind on checking the progress pics. lol. Looking great! There is an amazing difference in only 8-9 months. Best wishes going forward!
mister_universe wrote about 3 years:
Honestly, in both of those you look beautiful. But the shoulders and upper middle back are looking killer in the second one. Yummy. :P
chrisdavey wrote about 3 years:
inspiration alright! Looking great.

I noticed the same thing with regards to muscle hardness after a few days off.
funfitfoodie wrote about 3 years:
you're incredible!

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