My spreadsheets indicate good progress. Trunk is down ten inches from the last time I was 230lbs, giving me an 12" drop (chest-waist). My proportions are the best they’ve ever been. I have a nice four pack and visible Adonis lines.
My emotional state is awful.
Arms are down to a pathetic 17" cold, thighs are just 27", and I can’t even bring myself to measure my rump; paralyzed with fear it shrank.
I cannot cut down anymore. But I can’t just jump back into bulking. Need to be under 240lbs for certain surprises, have to look good for beef visit next month, etc…
I’ve started stockpiling bulking supplies for when I return from my trip. Going to have my most rewarding bulk yet.
Just gotta hold it together a little longer. I feel like I could crack at any moment. Big pup was wonderful and removed the bedroom mirror so I don’t wake up to a sad skinny me.
Here you go: my year-by-year progress montage. Now updated to include 2015.
I started “seriously” lifting in 2006 at 140lbs. My biggest was 2013 at 260lbs. I bulked up to 255lbs this year, but have been too scared to take my measurements, so I don’t know if I’m as big or smaller than 2013.
Comparing photos of myself at my biggest to my current smallness.
I know my body composition has improved, but I’ve been feeling very small lately. I’m hoping my next bulk will go better than the last couple attempts. I’ve been very bad about eating enough calories to sustain growth…I think thats the culprit.
This is the first time I’ve been 230lbs in over two years, and I’m freaking out a little because I think I’m not making progress. Its important to compare myself at 230lbs then versus now.
Arms are +1.5" larger
Chest is +½" larger
Thighs and butt are +½" larger
Shoulders are +5" broader (this is a weird measurement because growth in my upper back and chest can skew accuracy)
But, most importantly, my midsection is -8" smaller
I might be the same weight, but my midsection is much smaller. This means my overall bodyfat is lower, hence why I’m more defined.
I was freaking out because I feel like I haven’t made much progress in two years (like my arms are barely bigger), but I am much leaner. That means I probably experienced a lot of muscle growth, but because of the fat loss, its harder to measure. All I know is I’m more defined and my proportions are better.