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Another pic at 150lbs...

Showing abs/back...

I think I've had enough of bulking...

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So here is where I stand. I'm up 25lbs in the last 6 months. That is roughly 1lb/week. I have finally reached the point where I am just uncomfortable with my body. I feel thick, heavy, and pretty much chubby at this point and it's starting to get to me. The endgame for me is basically not having anything to wear. Even my "fat clothes" from 2 years ago have reach the point of being somewhat tight (some larger size 6's and some size 8's). This is the mental game we all play in the quest to gain muscle. No one ever said it would be easy or comfortable. It isn't. The only saving grace is that it is winter time and I can cover that crap up! LOL

Well, my plan from this point on is to maintain this weight (not gain anymore) for the next 5 weeks or so. In February we are going to Disney World (YAY!!!) and my cutting diet will start immediately upon my return. This should give me plenty of time to strip off the fat for my competition in July. 

As for my training schedule, I mentioned I was changing it up to something that would be lower in volume but very high in intensity. I did that several weeks ago and I LOVE it. My workouts are shorter and I'm recovering from them quite well. The high-volume program I was on before (PHAT) was causing CNS recovery issues for me. That has pretty much resolved. I'm now sleeping better and less irritable but I still feel like my training is very effective. I am experiencing DOMS quite reguarly and I continue to gain strength! Yay!

 I hope everyone is doing well! Happy lifting!  Let me know if you have any questions!!! 

Just passing on a little info...

I've gotten several PM's over the last couple of years from people (women in particular) complaining about how they were eating low calorie diets (1200 or less) and doing all kinds of cardio and yet still were not meeting their weight-loss goals. My response to them has been this...

Either you have...

#1 failed to calculate your calories (and therefore deficit) correctly

-OR-

#2 damaged your metabolism with dieting/cardio  

Reason #1 is self explanitory. Some people are actually eating more than they think they are. If you need to be precise... get a food scale and measure everything!

Reason #2, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to comprehend. I have, however, found a video that I think does a good job in explaining this phenomenon. If you are having this issue then you need to see it! It's worth the watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHHzie6XRGk&feature=player_embedded

A shout out to my husband on our 12th anniversary...

You are so wonderful to me... truly a blessing from God. Thank you for putting up with me all these years. :)

Bulking update and bum comparison

Howdy folks! So the scale is still climbing. I'm up to 148lbs!!! And yet even with gaining 23lbs I still have some semblance of visible abs. That's crazy! I am a mutant like that I guess. :P

Obligatory picture (though it's a blurry IPhone shot)

As some of you know, I have a bit of an obsession with having well-defined glutes. "I like big butts and I cannot lie..." LOL Being married to a "butt man" has also influenced my motivation here. Well, I have made my lower body a large priority for the last couple of years and WOW... the progress I've made!! Here is a comparison picture. Note that the picture on the left was almost 2 years ago and I weighed about 140lbs. The picture on the right was a couple of weeks ago and I weighed 145lbs. Imagine that... I weigh MORE but I look better. Muscle mass folks. :)

 

While I'm doing this blog post, I'll add in a public service announcement. Last week I learned how important it is to STAY FOCUSED when in the gym. I was warming up with a couple of 5lb-plates, got distracted, then ended up smashing my ring finger on my right hand. It hurt so bad it brought tears to my eyes. I iced it for a bit but, of course, the show must go on so I went ahead and finished my training for the day. By the next day my finger was doubled in size with swelling, pain, tenderness, and throbbing. I decided that night to go ahead and drain it. After boring two holes through the nail with searing hot metal, drainage oozed out providing some relief. It feels much better but is still somewhat tender to touch. Here is what it looks like today:

 

Last but not least... a shout out to my baby girl. Today is her birthday and she is 6 years old!

 

 

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