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  • sardelsasardelsa Member, Premium Posts: 9,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 9,827 Member
  • Mr_Healthy_HabitsMr_Healthy_Habits Member Posts: 12,133 Member Member Posts: 12,133 Member
    Well this is probably the first week in several months where I did not gain a 0.5lb 😂...

    I ate to the point where I just couldn't comfortably eat any more in a day, so far I'm just going to refuse to do that to myself...

    I did make small but gains nonetheless with the tape measure and my waist and caliper pinches are pretty much the same...

    Also was still able to add reps or weight to all my key lifts... Although I'm admittingly pretty sore

    The mirror has been rather kind to me as of late as well, I feel like I look leaner and better than ever honestly...

    Which for myself is always the biggest struggle, I'm finally starting to feel like I look pretty good and not just pretty good for how far I've come...
    edited January 2020
  • watts6151watts6151 Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member
    Down to 217.3lb this morning
    Lots of people starting to comment
    My weight loss, usually when I get down
    To 212 people start start asking if I’m seriously ill or terminal, the joys of diet face 😂
  • jseams1234jseams1234 Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    watts6151 wrote: »
    Down to 217.3lb this morning
    Lots of people starting to comment
    My weight loss, usually when I get down
    To 212 people start start asking if I’m seriously ill or terminal, the joys of diet face 😂

    Are you still planning on cutting sub 200? Last time I really cut I got to about 190 before people starting suggesting that I "eat a sammich" and other nonsense. I even had one lady call me "skinny"... at 190... wonder what she would have thought of me when I was 130. ;)
    edited January 2020
  • watts6151watts6151 Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member
    jseams1234 wrote: »
    watts6151 wrote: »
    Down to 217.3lb this morning
    Lots of people starting to comment
    My weight loss, usually when I get down
    To 212 people start start asking if I’m seriously ill or terminal, the joys of diet face 😂

    Are you still planning on cutting sub 200? Last time I really cut I got to about 190 before people starting suggesting that I "eat a sammich" and other nonsense. I even had one lady rig call me "skinny"... at 190... wonder what she would have thought of me when I was 130. ;)

    The ‘plan’ is to be on stage at 200-202lb
    Weather or not it’ll happen is anyone’s guess at this point, totally flat at 217lb

    Cannot image getting called skinny at 190
    I’d probably have a few interesting words to say If some lady did 😂






  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,171 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,171 MFP Moderator
    My coach reneged! He says we’re going up to 210 lbs before I get to cut, instead of 200. *kitten*

    I’m consoling myself with the fact that it is because I’m putting on muscle pretty well. Approximately 4.5 lbs since October. Pretty good for a nearly 45-year-old female!

    Good luck. How tall are you?
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Member Posts: 3,051 Member Member Posts: 3,051 Member
    My coach reneged! He says we’re going up to 210 lbs before I get to cut, instead of 200. *kitten*

    I’m consoling myself with the fact that it is because I’m putting on muscle pretty well. Approximately 4.5 lbs since October. Pretty good for a nearly 45-year-old female!

    That’s excellent! Heck, it probably took me a year to put on that much.
  • sardelsasardelsa Member, Premium Posts: 9,827 Member Member, Premium Posts: 9,827 Member
    My coach reneged! He says we’re going up to 210 lbs before I get to cut, instead of 200. *kitten*

    I’m consoling myself with the fact that it is because I’m putting on muscle pretty well. Approximately 4.5 lbs since October. Pretty good for a nearly 45-year-old female!

    You are amazing! Woohoo for the bulk :)
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Member, Premium Posts: 27,925 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27,925 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    My coach reneged! He says we’re going up to 210 lbs before I get to cut, instead of 200. *kitten*

    I’m consoling myself with the fact that it is because I’m putting on muscle pretty well. Approximately 4.5 lbs since October. Pretty good for a nearly 45-year-old female!

    Good luck. How tall are you?

    5'9"
  • imfornd70imfornd70 Member Posts: 552 Member Member Posts: 552 Member
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 1,861 Member Member Posts: 1,861 Member
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.
  • imfornd70imfornd70 Member Posts: 552 Member Member Posts: 552 Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.

    and you get to look leaner while bulking
  • imfornd70imfornd70 Member Posts: 552 Member Member Posts: 552 Member
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    steveko89 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.

    and you get to look leaner while bulking

    I'm trying to let this be the last time I ever "bulk"

    I figured if I do it right I can probably gain about as much I'd like to without gaining any fat... I think it's possible despite contemporary thinking...

    I mean what's the point if I'm going to gain this weight just to cut back down to where I am already... At least that's where my head is today lol

    So far up about 8-9lbs, eating well and I feel look leaner than ever really 🤷🏽‍♂️

    the key to good bulking is quality nutrition - you don't need to east everything in sight - if you are only looking for that beach body then focus primarily of HV(High Volume lifting) sets of 8-12 - you get roughly the same as lifting heavy with he benefits of lower injury and higher calorie burn
  • jseams1234jseams1234 Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.

    ;) Yup. Full Panda. However, I do think I may have nearly exhausted the potential for any serious gains and depending on the results this round I may be moving over to a much more conservative bulking method. I can drop weight very quickly but no matter the method I use it seems that my elbows and shoulders get real crunchy and painful. I worry a bit about permanent damage I may be causing. I'm already that guy that spends the first 10 minutes at the gym wrapping everything. lol
  • watts6151watts6151 Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member Member, Premium Posts: 803 Member
    jseams1234 wrote: »
    steveko89 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.

    ;) Yup. Full Panda. However, I do think I may have nearly exhausted the potential for any serious gains and depending on the results this round I may be moving over to a much more conservative bulking method. I can drop weight very quickly but no matter the method I use it seems that my elbows and shoulders get real crunchy and painful. I worry a bit about permanent damage I may be causing. I'm already that guy that spends the first 10 minutes at the gym wrapping everything. lol


    Good luck with your potentially last big bulk

    Did my last major bulk about 5 years ago
    Got up to 245lb from 215lb , my bp and blood work were a disaster at that weight, after a long cut I’d managed to gain a ball park 4lb of muscle. After that I’ve stuck to lean bulks where I don’t gain more than 10lb total body weight over 5-6months
  • Mr_Healthy_HabitsMr_Healthy_Habits Member Posts: 12,133 Member Member Posts: 12,133 Member
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    steveko89 wrote: »
    imfornd70 wrote: »
    I've been bulking for almost 2 months now - carrying an extra 7 pounds +/- , just starting my cutting cycle - I dont really like to eat too much while bulking - true I gain less LBM but after cutting and losing some of the LBM I feel i retain the equal amount of muscle as a person who bulks traditionally

    IIRC there's some solid recent research suggesting that lean bulking is better/more efficient than the traditional "eat big to get big" monster bulks. However, I know @jseams1234 does well going full panda so YMMV.

    and you get to look leaner while bulking

    I'm trying to let this be the last time I ever "bulk"

    I figured if I do it right I can probably gain about as much I'd like to without gaining any fat... I think it's possible despite contemporary thinking...

    I mean what's the point if I'm going to gain this weight just to cut back down to where I am already... At least that's where my head is today lol

    So far up about 8-9lbs, eating well and I feel look leaner than ever really 🤷🏽‍♂️

    the key to good bulking is quality nutrition - you don't need to east everything in sight - if you are only looking for that beach body then focus primarily of HV(High Volume lifting) sets of 8-12 - you get roughly the same as lifting heavy with he benefits of lower injury and higher calorie burn

    I try, although admittingly a fair percentage of my extra calories have come from sugar...

    I'm just eating a bit extra everyday and trying to increase the weight on the bar... I usually gain about 2-3lbs every weekend and it slowly comes off throughout the week... So my strategy has basically been, try to keep that some of that weekend weight and usually by the end of the work week, I'm about 0.5lb heavier...

    Although last week I didn't gain any weight and I ran over Saturday... So now my legs feel like they are starving 😂
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