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Mini Update!

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. 

My husband's best friend saw me for the first time in a while and said, "Hey!!! You've gained weight!!!!" I'm thinking... great... that's just what every woman is dying to hear... LOL. I think once he heard it come out of his mouth he tried to recover by following up with... "... well you needed to gain some... you had gotten too thin..." :) When I mentioned it to my husband later he says.... "Uhmmmm aren't you TRYING to gain weight Stephanie??? Like... isn't that the point of what you are doing right now???" I'm like... "Well yeah... I am... but you know... just because I'm gaining on purpose doesn't mean I'm not self-conscious about the gain!" 
Have a great rest-of-the-week everyone and God bless!!!! xoxoxoxox

Body Composition Comparison...

Hi all. The bulk is still in progress. I think I'm up about 10lbs but I wouldn't know for sure because I've been avoiding the scale. Most of you know that when I got really lean my period stopped. It came back after bulking a couple of weeks... but I only had one. I went another 7+ weeks without one and then it started again this week. When it returned, it returned with fury. I'm in pain and the swelling is so bad I can hardly get my rings on and off. This is the part of the reason I am not weighing this week! Anyhoo... that's what's going on with me.

So I thought I'd post this for those who are interested. The picture on the left was taken back in February about 7 weeks into my cut (weight loss). The picture on the right was taken last week. I weigh about the same in both images. I would say juding by the definition and the vascularity of the recent image, I'm pretty sure I've gained some lean mass... at least that's what I hope! Btw... I hate my thighs... that's where the fat is going.  :(

So, I'm tired of feeling fluffy and I know it's only going to get worse. I know I still look thin to others but after being 120lbs and a size 0...  this feels jiggly to me. I'm wearing size 4's now and I'm filling them up all the way. My bum is bigger, which I like, but so are my thighs... which I don't. Just like you can't spot reduce, you can't spot gain either... unfortunately. 
On a different note... I spoke to one of the lady bodybuilding competitors today at the gym and she's going to introduce me to some trainers/coaches that can help me if I decide to compete in the spring/summer. She seems to think I'll do well... excited to see where all this goes. It makes me feel better to see all the other women at the gym who compete because everyone is bulking and we all look a bit pudgy! 
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