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Weekly stats; Just two weeks of bulking left to go!

Sunday, January 11, 2009 by  
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OK, it’s Sunday and time to evaluate my progress over the past week…

My scale weight this morning is 218.0 pounds, which is a 2.2 pound gain over the past week.

My total scale weight gain on this bulk (after 15 of 17 weeks) is 23 pounds. That’s an average weekly gain of 1.53 pounds, so this week’s weight gain was definitely above my average. 2.2 pounds is clearly a bit on the high side, but fluctuations of a pound or two are quite normal – especially at 218 pounds. My diet has been absolutely perfect, but I don’t take any special care when it comes to sodium intake. In other words, I salt my foods as much as I like. Something Mastover said awhile back really stuck with me: “A wet cell is an anabolic cell.”

My body fat reading this morning is 13.6% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). That is a .3% increase over last week’s measurement of 13.3%. So, with a 2.2 pound total weight gain over the past week that means I put on 1.26 pounds of lean mass and .94 pounds of fat.

This week’s tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) show that I’ve added another quarter inch to my quads and another quarter inch to my calves. My arms, forearms and chest showed increases over last week’s measurements, but not a full quarter of an inch (I always round down for my “official” measurements) My waist and hip measurements did not change this week.

Here is my total tape progress fifteen weeks into my bulk: I’ve added over 1 inch to my forearms, over 2 inches to my arms, 2.5 inches to my quads, 1.25 inches to my calves and over 2.5 inches to my chest. My waist size has increased just 1.25 inches over the past fifteen weeks.

All my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

Well, there are only two weeks left to go in my bulk. I predict that I’m going to finish up around 221 pounds and 14% body fat (190 pounds of lean mass and 31 pounds of fat). That’s a huge improvement over my last bulk, which I completed at 236 pounds and 19% body fat (191 pounds of lean mass and 45 pounds of fat. 14 pounds of fat would take me an extra couple of months of cutting to shed, so obviously I’m quite pleased about such a big improvement in that area. I also feel that the muscle I’ve added is better proportioned than it ever has been, and my overall symmetry is much improved compared to any time in the past. I think once I finish cutting down to 6% body fat the true results of this bulk are going to become apparent.

I’m planning to launch an exciting new feature that I’ve been working on tomorrow morning. Don’t miss it!

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