Monday, January 9, 2012

18 Week Bulking Progress Update

It is now 18 weeks into my bulk and I sure am feeling fat now especially after the holidays.
My last "bulking" update was my 10 Week Bulking Progress Pics post where after a no carb/cardio day, I was weighing in at 172.5 lbs.

Eight weeks later, after a no carb/cardio day, I am weighing in at 178.5 lbs. This is up 6 lbs since my last update 8 weeks ago. This isn't quite the 1 lb gain per week I was shooting for, but I think that may be a good thing as I feel like I'm really starting to pack on the fat.

Can still see my abs but looking very blurry
At 14 weeks, I had finished up my 8 week run of Anabeta. So what did I think of the Anabeta?  Well, initially after the first 4 weeks I thought things were going well as I was feeling better and stronger both in and out of the gym. I also thought I looked better in the mirror. 

However, with the last 4 weeks of Anabeta, it didn't seem to make any difference. I started to gain more fat and wasn't really gaining strength like I had been. I'm pretty sure the holiday eating had lots to do with it but it seems that perhaps Anabeta is best used in 4 weeks spurts (or maybe not at all).

After my Anabeta run was done, I was not using any extraneous supplements. For the previous 4 weeks I was just taking the basics: Protein, creatine, BCAA's, fishoil, and multivitamins...preworkouts also used on chest days. I still had the T2-Xtreme left from my first 4 weeks of bulking but decided not to use it since it didn't seem to do anything.

Looking bulkier with no more xmas tree :(
Actually looks like I've lost muscle due to the fat covering it up!
After this 4 week break of not using any extraneous supplements, I will be using the Testopro and DAA stack by AI Sports Nutrition. I grabbed this stack for a great price during their Black Friday sale and decided it would be a good addition for my last 4 weeks! Both Testopro and DAA supposedly boost testosterone so I'm hoping it will help pack on some extra muscle/strength during these last 4 weeks of my bulk.

It's been almost a week since I started the stack and I feel "something" already. Strength has increased in the gym, my libido is even higher than normal now, and I just have an overall alpha-male feeling. It feels great actually! 

I'm looking forward to seeing what other results this stack will bring. But what I'm really looking forward to is being done with bulking. Being fat sure is a difficult mental barrier to get over. I don't know how the average person can do it. It's hard for me to look into the mirror looking so bulky and blurry after achieving levels of leanness I never had before. I don't know how the average person can be okay with looking seeing so much flab on their body.

Can still see abs and striated delts but I really hate looking so blurry!
Wish me luck with my next 4 weeks! Anybody else bulk up or still bulking during the winter? How are things going for you?


Beliver said...

Are you bulking with no carbs? I don't really get it... Can you post how does your diet looks on a workout and non-workout days?

Duong Nguyen said...

Hi Beliver,

I'm not bulking with no carbs. I eat carbs most days but on days where I don't lift weights, I will do some light cardio and not eat any carbs that day.

Basically my diet on non-workout days looks like the diet posted here:

On workout days, I'll add 150-200 grams of carbs.

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