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For the past several months I've been bulking. For those of you who aren't sure what that means it's a term used in the fitness industry which basically means your workouts and diet are structured around building muscle. You lift heavy and increase your daily intake of calories.
During the bulking stage athletes fuel muscle growth by consuming a lot more calories than their regular diet. Cardiovascular exercise is decreased considerably because it actually depletes your muscle growth making it counterproductive to any gains you made while lifting. Eating more calories and doing less cardio workouts means not just muscle gain but fat gain as well.Muscle Beach Oct. 2012
Most athletes in the industry only share their stage pictures or shots from their final photo shoot. You rarely see a fitness model share a picture during her bulking stage where she could be10 pounds heavier than her regular weight. It's important to understand that when you see fitness models on the cover of magazines, online etc. they trained hard for that one shot. They don't roll out of bed looking like that everyday. In most cases it takes months even years to prepare for one perfect shot. The exercise and diet regime is so extreme that it's unrealistic to think that we can look that way all the time. Fitness models go through extreme training programs and diets and this is not their everyday look. So the next time you pick up a copy of a fitness magazine think about how hard that athlete has trained for that one shot and realize that nobody is born with a dream body it's the choices we make and how hard we work that determines what we get. Not genetics, not luck!Training hard at the gym
I want you to know the whole journey and I would like to take you with me throughout the whole process. I'm very excited to be finished bulking. I have been building muscle for a year but for the last five weeks my bulking regime has been hardcore. I feel like I've been stuffing my face and I've been lifting weight in the gym that I never thought I would be able to.Sept. 7th 2013 last day of bulking
I gained six pounds over the past five weeks and although six pounds may not seem like a lot it took dedication and a lot of work. Yes, I could have stuffed my face with burgers, milkshakes and junk to gain weight a lot faster but it was important to me to do it the healthy way with whole foods. It’s taken an enormous amount of beans, lentils and quinoa but I am happy to say I gained the weight naturally.Sept. 7th 2013 last day of bulking
After two weeks I gained NOTHING and the funny part was for the first time in my life I was actually disappointed when the scale didn't go up. Last week when I looked and saw that I gained six pounds I was elated, couldn't have been happier. It seemed so backwards. Then I started thinking. If it took me five weeks to gain six pounds then why do we expect six pounds to melt away in the first week of a weight loss program. If you are on a weight loss journey that's exactly what it is, a journey. It's not going to happen overnight and there's no magic pill. In most cases it's taken years to gain excess weight so expecting to drop it in weeks or a few months just isn't realistic.
I have been overweight before so I prepared myself mentally before I started this phase of my training but I can't say it has been easy. My bulking stage has been challenging and I am definitely sick of "being fat". I have to continually keep my end goal in mind because it keeps me pushing harder, faster and stronger. There have been days that I felt like I was on an emotional roller roaster but I had to ignore all the negative self-talk and find ways to push through and JUST DO IT!!!!