Well... I'm half-way through week 12 of bulking. I thought I had already reached the 10lbs-gained mark last time I made a blog post but I was wrong. I had avoided the scale for a few weeks because I was afraid I had gained a bunch. When I finally had the nerve to get on the scale... I was THE SAME WEIGHT! That's crazy! Anyhooo as of Monday I was up only 8lbs. I started at 122lbs and Monday I was 130lbs! That averages out to 0.66lbs gained per week! Perfect! I feel really good... really strong... and I'm loving being able to EAT! I am still doing Zumba a few times a week for fun.
So I was planning on bulking through the end of December and starting a cut in January. However, after talking to a bodybuilding competitor at the gym, I might keep bulking through January as well. The show I'm considering entering is going to be in June and he said January is too early to start cutting. He said cutting too early could result in muscle loss before the show. I didn't realize how crucial all this timing was so I'm glad there are wonderful people around willing to help me! I asked him about diet and training and he said to just keep doing what I'm doing! :) I figure if I get too pudgy I can always just eat at maintenance and continue to train hard for the remainder of the time.
Obligatory pictures.... sorry they are crappy I just snapped them yesterday at the gym after my workout.