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Offical starting bulking stats – not a pretty picture.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

October
1
2008

This is a difficult update for me to write, because I don’t like backsliding, and that’s exactly what I’ve done over the past few months (and, honestly, over the past year). I, of course, already knew this, but this morning’s pictures, tape measurements and body fat reading shoved the cold, hard facts right in front of my face.

I haven’t taken a body fat reading in quite some time, and that’s probably because I knew I’ve gained some fat over the past couple of months. I guess I’ve been burying my head in the sand. I felt slightly shocked (but shouldn’t have) when I saw the results of this morning’s BF test: 11.8% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). Yeah…

My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) not only supported the body fat reading, but also showed how much muscle I’ve lost. Since the end of my cut in June I’ve gained 2 inches on my waist, an inch on my hips and over an inch on my thighs; I’ve lost a half inch from my arms, almost a half inch from my forearms and a quarter inch from my chest. All my stats are on the stats page.

My body fat percentage is much higher than what I’d like to start a bulk with, but I’m not going to back out now. I made my bed, now I’ve got to sleep in it. I’m going to work my butt off and pack on as much muscle as I can over the next three months. Hopefully muscle memory will allow me to make some extra nice gains. When I’m done bulking I expect that I’ll have to cut for a fairly long time to get back down to 6% body fat, and I have no one to blame but myself for that.

On a positive note, this has been a learning experience. Also, it’s not like I’ve slid into the abyss. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, been a little lazy and got sloppy with my diet, but these mistakes can be corrected with a return to hard work, a clean diet and 100% dedication. My bulk is off to a great start in that regard, and I will continue to build on this early success with drive and enthusiasm.

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