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.