04-25-2016, 09:22 AM #1
Female Log - first cycle
Good morning all, I am going to try to log my first cycle daily on here if not every few days. I have read through the female logs on here and many of the male as well and am completely inspired. I am in love with weight lifting. A little back log about me. I started weight lifting in my 20's, I dated a body builder and gained a lot of knowledge on proper weight lifting and form. I continued to weight lift till I was 32 moved to a different state and started doing more yoga/hiit training. After 2 years of that and having a 'yoga body and booty' I decided to get back on weight lifting. I have always found it so sexy when when woman are strong and muscle. I have ALWAYS desired that look, but was never full ever able to achieve it. I had a small child and most of the time a single mom. She is now older and I am able to really put my time in at the gym. I have made 'lifting friends' and I love it. Train with a couple guy lifters who are always showing me more workouts and better lifts. One suggested after me showing him my dedication and what I have achieved so far, suggested Var to me. He is a very credible source and I trust him. So here I am, on day 3 of my first cycle. In this post I will post pictures of my starting body and stats. Any advice and motivation and help along the way would be greatly appreciated. I am on 12.5 dosing.
My measurements are:
Height - 5'10.5
Weight - Starting was 148, now I am 154
Body Fat - Starting 21.8, now 20.2
Chest - 36
Waist - 27.5
Navel - 31
Hips (booty) - 38
Upper thigh R - 21.75
Upper thigh L - 22.25
Calves - 14
Arms - 11.5
These photos are yoga body/hiit training
Last edited by AKD_FitChick; 04-05-2017 at 04:00 PM.
04-25-2016, 09:24 AM #2
04-25-2016, 09:37 AM #3
Back pictures were taken yesterday by a friend so I could see progress and the front chest pictures were taken a week ago. I have already put on a few lbs since my weight lifting journey started, but my measurements have remained the same so far and at my friends urging I am putting the scale away for a bit.
Last edited by AKD_FitChick; 04-25-2016 at 05:05 PM.
04-25-2016, 09:42 AM #4
Please feel free to ask me any question and I accept any knowledge or guidance. Super excited to get to know you novice's.
04-25-2016, 10:00 AM #5
My training consists of -
Leg Day and shoulders
Chest and Tri's
Back and Bi's
Repeat (any advice on this would be helpful) I have heard that doing one muscle group per workout is such a more stable way to do this.
I do Vinyasa Flow 2 yoga 2x per week
2 Hiit training classes 2-3 x per week.
I train on something 7 days a week, typically my 7th is just yoga flow though. More of a deep stretch. I am pretty athletic by nature and love doing anything that makes my body active.
Last edited by AKD_FitChick; 04-25-2016 at 02:27 PM.
04-25-2016, 01:28 PM #6
Leg Day Routine from this morning more for accountability on weights and strength increase: I typically tend to do 3 sets with increasing weight, decreasing reps as I go. Does anyone have any input on this? All advice is welcome. I love knowledge.
Squats - 25 lb plates - learning how to squat proper from my power lifting friend - I am trying to get stable with the bar and get low enough. I used the smith machine prior.
Front Squats - 20 lb plates
Reverse hack squats - 90 - 14 reps, 140 - 10 reps, 180 - 7 reps
Leg Press - 180 - 14 reps, 230 - 10 reps, 270 - 8 reps
Dead Lift - 70 lbs -14 reps, 80 lbs - 12 reps, 90 lbs - 10 reps, 60 lbs max reps
Quad ext. - 80 lbs, 90, 100
Hamstring Pulls - 80, 90, 100
Single Leg press (target booty) - 35, 40, 45
Back Ext. with 25 lb plate, 3 sets of 15
04-25-2016, 02:14 PM #7
You look great and I can already see progress you have made. Keep up the good work, I will be following your log
04-25-2016, 02:29 PM #8
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04-25-2016, 07:45 PM #10
Subbed. Nice transformation!
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04-26-2016, 02:15 AM #13Anabolic Member
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Will keep my eye on this
04-26-2016, 05:27 AM #14
Keep up the good work and ill be following along
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04-26-2016, 09:22 AM #17
Good morning all! Day 4 here of my journey on my first cycle.
My morning started off awesome. Decided to take Vinyasa 2 at my families yoga studio (heated to 90 and 70% humidity) needed a good sweat session, showed up to class and there was no teacher, so I had to guide class for the first 15 min till my sister showed up (let's just say it was comical). It was fun. Got a good sweat out of it. I really love a good balance class with sweat dripping from the body, releases so much tension from my muscles and preps me for better lift sessions. This is how I look after my flow classes, after hiit (which is tomorrow morning) I am dripping, you burn 1100 calories in an hour, it's intense and I love it.
I am training tonight. Training with a friend from work who is a little power house! She and I push each other in ways I love! I am super excited daily to get into the gym.
I have a couple questions, is it normal to bloat in first week on var? I noticed I am holding water? I am also attaching a picture of my meals for the day time and curious what you all think. In my past I have always done high protein low carb (mostly from veggies), but I am introducing sweet potato's and quinoa. I have hashimoto's and cannot eat gluten at all (I get throwing up sick) have been GF for 3 years. So I am very cautious of what I can eat. It keeps my diet clean though, I am on 2 different thyroid medications 3x a day. It's crazy.
Green smoothie: 1 scoop whey protein, 3 cups of spinach and a little mango for flavor
Egg delights: 1 egg yolk and the rest egg whites with spinach, onion and kale (I make these in big batches and have in my fridge ready for snacks)
Meal 1: 3 oz salmon, sweet potato about 3 oz, and some turkey (ran out of broc)
Meal 2: 3 oz of Alaska (I am Alaskan) cod, broc, sweet potato 3oz, and a tablespoon of organic salsa
Snacks: Quest Protein bar, Banana and 1/4 avocado
Dinner will be similar to meal 1 or 2
Does anyone have any input? I am worried I am not eating enough or eating too much. I truly want to add muscle, but still cut at the same time.
I really APPRECIATE everyone's help and input. Happy Tuesday!
04-26-2016, 11:13 AM #18Anabolic Member
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well, its just my point of view so pay as much attention as 02cents are worth to you, unless you find it interesting, then have a think about it.
Keto or carb cycling diets I've tried strips me down of water real quick and burns fat in a very nice fashion, however, to get adapted to this diet I have went in and dropped out number of times until now Im mid 6'th week and feel I have finally nailed it, carb addiction is a hard difficult thing and it is very real, takes time for body and brain to adjust, and the weird thing now is - I no longer crave any carbs, I am not even looking at carb-up days any more, its like a torture of mega-bloat when this day comes for me... used to do 2 days carb up, now did with one and felt much better... just an idea, everyone is different and responds differently to substances foods training or diets, so thought throw it out there.
Besides, you look in good shape to me, seems like you aim to tighten up and harden it all up? btw - any history of diabetes? as keto diets dont play well with it
04-26-2016, 11:32 AM #19
I think you will be a lot happier with your results doing one or the other
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04-26-2016, 12:59 PM #20
04-26-2016, 02:39 PM #21
Thank you for thinking I look in good shape, I appreciate that. I do want to tighten up and harden up. I want a round muscle ass and thighs. I love that look.
I do not have any history of diabetes. Thank goodness.
04-26-2016, 02:43 PM #22
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04-26-2016, 02:54 PM #24Anabolic Member
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Probably you've heard this said before - the best diet that works in providing constant results long term is the one that you can stick with.
Squat, lounges, core, repeat you will get there
04-26-2016, 03:08 PM #25
haven't time review full log. Are u splitting your 12.5 my dosage. Half AM and half PM?
04-26-2016, 03:11 PM #26
What's your insight?
04-26-2016, 04:24 PM #27
I am really good at sticking to just healthy eating. I rarely crave junk......thank goodness I don't have a sugar tooth or a processed food tooth. Sometimes I do love a good pizza though. OH PIZZA!!!! So if I stay at my diet that I posted above or close too, do you think that's good?
04-26-2016, 04:41 PM #28Anabolic Member
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Im not a nutritionist so I cant give exact advice but, I can tell you one thing, if you've been doing what you're doing and it worked - keep on doing it, if results weren't as you've expected (keep in mind you must stay realistic with expectations), change things a bit and keep an eye on the progress.
I feel any diet can work to a greatest degree if intermittent fasting is also implemented, also training while fasted does wonders.
Now I dont know how about while you're on gear, but it may be beneficial too, usually fast for ~14hours, and then have your days calories in a window of 3-4hours max, give few hours rest before you hit the bed, and repeat (no snacks in between). I've tried it before not because I wanted to loose fat/weight, but was experimenting out of curiosity as someone suggested an article I read that one can train his body to adjust eating once a day for health benefits, and I found out it worked for me, took me about a week for my hunger patterns to adjust but I felt great after that week, its like when time comes at night when you naturally get tired for bed, same way your body just gets little by little hungrier few hours before your fast window closes, like biological clock for food. There's lots info on internet about these, have a browse, you will learn best from self-practice and original articles and books rather than hear-say posts/evidence.
PS: I am all backwards and measure everything in grams/milligrams etc, dont do cups/scoops/servings so cant say much about serving doses...
04-26-2016, 05:07 PM #29
04-26-2016, 05:56 PM #30
Looking good Dani.
Have you applied for pink status yet?
Good luck with cycle, and yes it is normal for added water retention, no way around it, it is a steroid , but it can be minimized with higher water intake and very low sodium. The extra water will go after cycle.
04-26-2016, 06:01 PM #31Originally Posted by akdanielle
04-26-2016, 06:17 PM #32Originally Posted by akdanielle
Pop your meals into my fitness pal and post up your macros...I like more protein.
Your muffins look really good.
04-26-2016, 07:57 PM #33
I am trying to drink a ton of water a day. I average about 100 oz, do I need to step it up even more? Thanks for letting me know it will go away after. That gives me relief. It's crazy though, I am pretty bloated. Not used to that
04-26-2016, 07:58 PM #34
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04-26-2016, 08:19 PM #36
04-27-2016, 09:20 AM #37
Day 5 Update - Feeling a little stronger, not as bloated this morning thank goodness!
Good morning all!!! Happy hump day!
Had a great HIIT class this morning. I swear it's one the best things i do for my body! I love anything that is pounding and sweaty and makes your heart race. Always do my HIIT on an empty stomach. Love a class that you can burn up to 1200 calories in 1 hr. Here I am after class, this shirt was drenched. I freaking love it.
Took my dose before class (tried to break 1/4 into 1/8 and it got too lose). Text my friend and he is definitely bringing the 10mg's back for me so I will be able to split those. Is the benefit of splitting so it stays in your system longer?
Tonight I am training back and bi's with a couple ladies from work that I help train them to get to their goal weights, I love motivating people and helping them get to where they are content with their bodies. Makes my heart happy. One has already lost 45lbs just by following my diet and eating right. I always tell her it's a way of life. Another question, I had a glass of wine last night, how bad is wine on a cycle? Should I be not consuming wine at all?
I am going to load my food for the day here and if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. I am going to stop eating the egg delights I make unless I use real egg whites cause of the sodium. This does not include dinner, but will probably have salmon and brocolli
Thank you all that are here with me along this journey! Helps me a lot.
Can't wait to see what I can do in the gym tonight. When do you start to feel the full effects? Or should I notice? My guy says a week.
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04-27-2016, 09:27 AM #38Anabolic Member
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While on any steroid , regardless oral or injectable, I would strongly advise against any alcohol consumption. Also are you taking anything for your liver protection? If not, I'd recommend at least get yourself NAC @ 1200mg every day, good stuff for your liver.
04-27-2016, 10:40 AM #39
testosterone (my boss thinks that's why I think like a guy) and wasn't even registering progesterone so I am on 400mg a day of that. Plus my T3 and T4 and I forgot to mention that I am very familiar with HCG as well and have been doing it on and off for 4 years to really cut fat if I have to be in my bathing suit. Maybe at the end of this I will do a 21 day round. I don't do it the way you all do, I do 125iu daily for 21 days, low calories of only lean meats and veggies. Cuts the fat like crazy. LOVE IT. I will absolutely limit my wine intake, thanks InsaneMuscle!!!!
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04-27-2016, 11:11 AM #40
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