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Monday, August 01, 2011

Did I really throw the scale? No. Was I tempted to throw the scale? Yes. Was I happy when I saw those digital numbers? Nope. Have I sat here and questioned myself on what I've done wrong? Oh yes.

I've been on a Bulking Plan the last month or so and I just started a new one this week because I felt like I hit a plateau. The scale really isn't your friend when you bulk up. I wasn't upset in the past month to see my weight, body fat, and muscle mass increase. But recently I've seen everything stay the same but my muscle mass went back down. I don't know when the ideal time to weigh myself is. Many people say you should weigh yourself in the morning because you lose water retention and you haven't had anything to eat yet. But I've found each week that I've been jumping back and forth between three pounds of muscle gained and three pounds of muscle lost. Same goes for the body fat. The weight differs by about two pounds. I feel like I've gained more muscle. Mainly in my arms and legs and back. I've never really had a chubby stomach and I think I keep some definition rather well. But I can't build it up either. I can lift more weight each week. However, its harder to see the gains I have made when I'm increasing my weight and body fat, which hides the muscle. This is where I rely on the scale to show me how much muscle I have truly gained. For as much research I have done, I still feel completely clueless on just gaining muscle. I don't know if what I am seeing is normal. I've done measurements. But how do I know that what that extra half an inch is? Muscle or fat? My goal is just to keep going. Hopefully things will change next week.
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    I am so sorry it is such a frustrating time for you in reaching your goals. Hang in there.
    2420 days ago
    I left you some relevant comments on your SparkPage. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    You can do it!
    2420 days ago
    Thank you so much for all your help! I was wondering if you could tell me if I will most likely see results with this bulking program? Here's the link.


    Oh, and my calorie range is 2,200-2,500. 45% carbs, 30% protein, and 25% fat.
    2420 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/1/2011 6:45:09 PM
    Finding one in your area might be a little tough. You could try it through a hospital based wellness program. Do they have a wellness/fitness program at your workplace or school? You could also try the local fitness center just to see what they would charge you to have one done. You can always order your own set and do them yourself or have a friend help you out. But again...accuracy issues.

    With regard to your plateau, are you doing primarily compound exercises (squats, overhead presses, etc.)? These work much better IMHO for mass gains. Does your diet contain enough protein/carb to promote recovery?

    As a female at a slight 112lbs, every pound of muscle gain will come relatively slowly so stay patient. Analyze what you are doing to make sure diet and training are spot on. It's all about consistency.

    Good luck!
    2420 days ago
    I don't belong to a gym, so where could I get them done? And do you know how much they usually cost? It's funny because I can't seem to make it past 112 pounds. Even though my daily calorie intake has been the highest it has ever been, and I backed off on the number of days I lift. I can't seem to break 112 even though my highest weight ever was 118 pounds.
    2420 days ago
    Have you had any body composition assessments done? That is really the only reliable indicator to determine if the weight gain is fat or muscle. I would suggest skinfold tests done by a trained individual over a specific time frame (e.g. 8 weeks).

    Now if you are honest and accurate with your measurements that will give you some indication, though less reliable. I can also get a gauge by how my clothes fit and how I look in the buff if I want to be painfully honest with myself (not always the most pleasant of experiences).

    With regards to when to weigh yourself, I just try to do it at the same time and under the same circumstances each time. That way I can see changes that are less influenced by clothing, food in the intestinal track, etc.

    Best of luck with your goals. I feel your pain...I've been stuck at 320lbs for several months now. It's like my body is saying enough is enough!
    2420 days ago
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