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    First Anavar Cycle post laparoscopic surgery

    34 years old
    Female
    Primarily interested in powerlifting, dabbling in some bodybuilding
    Starting weight: 151.6 22% BF at 5'6"


    Iím starting my first anavar cycle 7 weeks after laparoscopic surgery. Itís not ideal, but the anavar is a far more pleasant and effective option than birth control or chemically induced menopause for preventing additional surgeries in the future for my two diseases of estrogen dominance. Even if my gains are a bit lackluster, since Iím still recovering, thereís still time in the future. Iíve mostly been plateaued with minimal gains on my max lifts for about three years now, so Iíve hit my natural peak anyways.

    Previous natty maxes
    Squat:
    235 at 179 lbs in Dec 2017
    215 recently at 157ish

    Deadlift:
    308 in Dec 2017 at 179
    315 in 2018 at ~165
    330 last year at 157

    Bench:
    142 in 2017 smolov
    143 in 2018 smolov
    145 in 2019 at 165 ish smolov
    135 at 157 last year Juggernaut AI

    Strict press:
    90 or 95 lbs in 2017 at 179
    85 last year at 157

    Chin-ups:
    1-2 unassisted once my weight drops below 159ish

    Measurements:
    Waist: 28.75
    Navel: 31
    High hip: 36.5
    Hip: 39
    Bicep: 11.5
    Flexed bicep: 12.5
    Thigh: 22.25
    Lower thigh: 15.5

    Calipers:
    My skin is too tight to caliper properly on my thigh and abdomen, so I add in a few extra places to make up for this. I have to caliper my inner thigh to get a measurement. My tricep and bicep calipers are me trying to balance a caliper and read it with one hand in a mirror, so expect some variation even without real changes. They probably are not in the standard caliper locations, but rather what I can accomplish with one hand. Largest stomach is where I measure my largest lower stomach bent over fat roll that I can find, since I can actually caliper it properly.


    largest stomach
    29
    upper ab
    18
    Ab
    23
    supra
    17.5
    thigh
    13
    thigh upper.
    6.5
    tricep
    23
    bicep
    11



    Iíve really only been able to maintain my deadlift with weight loss. My previous max benches in the 140s were all from smolov cycles, while the recent one wasnít. My non-smolov bench is actually better.

    Bodyweight history:
    5í6Ē
    Typical walk around weight 135-150 for most of my adult life
    Decided to take mass gainer for my deadlift and get on the Steak and Shake, shake diet all the way up to 179
    Got out-deadlifted by someone much smaller and realized I was just fat.
    Down to 165
    Alternating between 157 and 165.
    Diagnosed with pre-diabetes despite my normal BMI and now currently at 151 lbs to fix that.
    I was planning to cut down to 140 prior to anavar. Iím hoping it will increase that number, because I HATE being small.

    I also caliper and will add those measurements.

    Iím half using the RP Diet App and half counting macros in MyFitnessPal. I eat higher fat and lower carb than RP wants, because I just fixed my insulin resistance and donít feel like going back to pre-diabetes.
    Typical macros around
    120 P 45 F 75 C

    Blood tests before:
    Testosterone at 27.
    Will repeat labs in 3 weeks. This is the highest Iíve ever gotten. My levels were undetectable last year.

    Also, I was pre-diabetic a few months ago, so I am on metformin. I may occasionally mention changes to blood sugar. My A1C was already normal after three months, so the goal is to keep it that way. Woohoo South Asian genetics!

    Voice:
    Iím using an app intended from trans people to track my voice changes. I know this shouldnít be an issue, but I like to be thorough. It already told me I sounded androgynous the first few times. I most definitely do not sound anything but female in real life. It does give me a higher pitch talking to my husband and a lower pitch talking to my male best friend.

    Prior to Cycle:
    6 weeks post op from surgery-finally cleared to lift!
    Previously doing lots of treadmill steps at 1.2-1.8 mph so as not to bother my incisions
    Finally able to wear some normal leggings. I was still in bodysuits and singlets last week.
    I canít use a normal lifting belt, so I bought a rehband soft back belt.
    Starting lifts:
    Bench: 35 lbs so as not to bother incisions, feet up, certainly no arch
    Deadlift: 55 lbs rack pull, canít bend over without bothering incisions yet
    Squats: empty 15 lb bar, canít really bend enough yet


    Day 1 February 3, 2021 Wednesday (7 weeks post op)
    Took 6 mg all at once in the evening, since it just arrived in the afternoon.
    First energy drink in months possibly affecting results
    Easy gym day, lots of energy
    Felt my first mild cramp after doing glutes. I donít normally have any pump whatsoever, so the slightest addition was still fun. It could have been imaginary, but I donít think so.
    First time grocery shopping on anavar. Most efficient grocery shopping I have ever done in my life. Rather than staring at items I already know and overanalyzing packages of chicken and greek yogurt, I just grabbed my items and left. Husband was excited about this change.
    Listening to more goregrind.

    Belt squat hip hinge up to 100 lbs, previously did 75 and started at 25-30 last week
    Lat pull down-worked up to
    Pull up assist- 90lb assist and 70 lb assist. I can normally do 1-2 chin ups once Iím down to 157, but I havenít tried since surgery. I donít want to stretch my incisions too soon just to try chin ups, so this weight is super easy.


    Day 2 February 4, 2021
    Took 3 mg in the morning at 7 am and 3 mg in the evening at 6:30 pm
    Spent 4 hours in the gym, because I just wasnít tired. Huge caloric deficit. Macros on point.
    Overhead press, bradford press, arnold press, cable triceps, lat push down, hip hinge on the belt squat, glute bridges, rowing, deltoid flyes 45 minutes of treadmill

    Also, I didnít NEED to wake up at 7 am. I was just motivated to get up and go the the gym. This is not something I normally do.

    Suddenly, songs that normally make me angsty are great to listen to again. This is nice.

    Able to go significantly faster on the treadmill than normal without noticing my incisions.

    Overhead press- worked up to around 45 lbs. I have a tendency to lean backwards, so this one will stay low.

    Added in Bradford presses, because Iím hoping Iíll finally actually be able to build deltoids. (Despite feeling this way Iíve always had larger than average delts for a woman even when I didnít lift much. Itís just changed from lifting.)

    Day 3 February 5, 2021
    152.2
    Woke up with ďcalf crampsĒ? Stiff calves? Iíve never had stiff muscles of any kind before. It disappeared by the time I walked to the bathroom. I did calves on day 1 as a random extra when someone was using the machine I really wanted.

    I did double gym sessions again. Deadlifts in the morning in my basement and bench, dumbbell romanians at the gym.
    Deadlifts worked up to 135, previously 95, and 55ish lb rack pulls for my first day back to lifting last week.

    Bench press-worked up to sets at 80 lbs, 65 lbs previous session, started at 35 the previous week. My arch isnít as good, but this is the first time Iíve felt comfortable attempting it. I normally violently launch myself into my arch from a sitting position. Iíve added in feet up bench for my incisions, but itís probably not necessary anymore.

    Romanian deadlifts-worked up to 15 lb dumbbells. Iíve always done these at lighter weights to isolate my hamstrings, so this isnít far off from my usual.
    Lots of time on the treadmill, but I didnít count it

    Day 4 February 6
    154 probably pre-period weight
    Similar mild cramps in my hamstrings that also disappeared by the time I walked to the bathroom. I feel a bit like a man with mild erections, but in whatever muscle I worked the previous day.

    This should be PMS week for me. I was already experiencing it pre-anavar, but the symptoms basically disappeared immediately when I started taking it. Rather than being a particularly awful bitch, I am cleaning my house like never before and generally in a positive mood. Considering that I have endometriosis, this is not at all typical. My husband has noticed. My resting heart rate has still dropped like it would to signal that I should have a period soon.

    My weight is up, but I donít feel bloated. My Fitbit sleep score is higher on anavar and energy drinks than it was without either. Thatís unexpected.

    Feeling some changes in the gym. It normally takes me a good month to build my squat back to plates when Iím injured. Instead, I felt like I could easily keep going.

    The WORST extended bicep cramp Iíve ever had in my life. I like to hold my phone and shaker cup with my bicep casually flexed all the time, and this is the consequence.

    Day 5 February 7 Sunday
    153.2
    Period day 1 in the evening, which was right on time.

    Hamstrings temporarily feel like balloons again. Not bad, but not like regular DOMs.

    Banded chin ups and pull ups- Iím very concerned about over stretching my incisions on these, so I havenít attempted regular chin ups at all
    Green band-easy sets of 5
    Purple-pulls incisions too much
    Purple + red = sets of 3-4

    Bicep curls-easy 12.5 lbs x 10 per arm
    I normally barely do biceps, but it sounded fun

    Rowing- 2500 m casually
    I have a Concept 2 rower

    Day 6 February 8 Monday
    153.0

    I still wake up with a morning cramp pump in whatever muscles Iíve recently worked. I canít say I donít like it though.

    I can see some ab lines Iíve never seen before right above my hip. This isnít the lowest weight Iíve ever been, although itís my lowest weight since Iíve lifted this much. I also have been tanning. It could be the tan and the recent weightloss. It could be the anavar. Probably a bit of both.

    DAY 10 February 12
    154 today BUT I'm down 1.87% body fat and my calipers are way better. My lower stomach measurement improved the most on my take measure and caliper. It looks like I had a butt lift and ducked out the fat from above my hips.

    My waist looks way more pronounced now that my navel measurement and high hip are so much smaller compared to my butt.

    I've been doing:
    Squat + chin up
    Deadlift + bench
    Glute hip hinge on belt squat + overhead press
    For 2-4 hours in the gym every day.

    I'm only doing so much glute work to put less stress on my incisions, but it's working.

    Previous Measurements:
    Waist: 28.75
    Navel: 31
    High hip: 36.5
    Hip: 39
    Bicep: 11.5
    Flexed bicep: 12.5
    Thigh: 22.25
    Lower thigh: 15.5




    Current:
    Chest 38
    ribcage 30.5
    Waist 28.75
    Navel 30.5
    High Hips 36
    Hip 40
    Thigh 22.5
    calve 13.25
    Flexed bicep 12 5/8
    Bicep 11.75
    Lower thigh 16
    Morning weight 154






    3 point caliper:
    20.35% down from 22.23%
    -1.87%

    Scale just thinks I'm fatter based on my weight, so I'm eliminating that one. No Fitindex, I didn't gain maximum visceral and subcutaneous fat AND lose muscle taking anabolic steroids and eating a deficit.




    Calipers:
    Largest stomach roll -8
    Upper ab -1.5
    Ab -2.5
    Suprailiac-1.5
    Thigh -1
    Tricep -3
    Bicep no change



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    Day 12
    155?
    I still wake up feeling like a balloon animal everyday, but I haven't had any incredibly painful cramps again.

    I'm up to around 60-70% of my old maxes now.
    Bench 95x 2 after failing 95 3 days prior, 95 was my 16ish rep max
    Deadlift 225 x3 vs 185 4 days prior
    Old 3 rep natty max was 315
    Belt squat 115 x 30 from 75 x 20 3 days prior

    I found some old injury return numbers, which I'll eventually add for comparison.

    I haven't had a real rest day yet. I just didn't do legs one day and called that "rest."

    2.5 ich inseam shorts don't work for me anymore.

    My blood sugar is absolutely perfect on anavar even when I forget to take my metformin. Estimated A1C is down to 4.8 from 5.3 at my last blood draw and 5.7 originally(Normal 4.5-5.6, Prediabetes 5.7-6.3).


    Some of my old scars are healing. Unexpected, but nice. My knee injury doesn't bother me anymore at night. I just notice it with knee sleeves now.

    Unsure of hirsutism side effects. I'm South Asian with a variation of PCOS, so it would be hard to notice. I don't have a beard.

    My voice tracker is the same or slightly higher. The green line is the pure average. The first ten or so entries were pre-anavar.

    Today is squat/back day, so I'll upload those tomorrow.

    It's only been a few days since I've been able to sleep on my stomach again. I was able to wear my rehband soft back belt and lift with that sooner. Obviously, I'm not really bracing much just yet.

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    Day 13
    155
    Lat pull down up 15 lbs in 4 days.

    Chin up assist at -40. Last time was -60 4 days ago.

    Bicep curl up to 20 lbs. Normal is 30 lbs per arm. Last time was 15 lbs

    Squat up 10 lbs in 4 days. Normally it's 15lbs per month to recover. My quads feel huge and hard compared to normal. I can see my entire quad going the whole way up my leg now. I don't remember the last time that happened. High school maybe.

    I had two large (6 oz) piles of steak tips for Valentine's day.

    Noticed one of my food scales is very off.

    Higher libido kicked in around day 5. It's still not the highest ever by a lot. Either PCOS graced me with incredibly high testosterone once in the past or I had some severely tainted supplements that all of the UFC fighters claim to have in the past.

    I haven't had a real rest day yet. I'm starting to feel my navel incision, so today will be the day.

    I'm going to increase my cardio, as well. All of my weight gain looks good, but I have plenty of time for cardio.

    I'm considering competing at the end of March, and I would want to make 148 for that. May as well try to get there now.

    35 minutes on the treadmill. Apparently anavar has given my vagina some ideas that this is now a pre-sex activity or something. Bizarre. It feels like I must be ovulating, but my OPK was the most negative I have ever seen it. The test line was practically whiter than the rest of the test. Normally, it would be darkening.

    My meal preps for the week will involve boneless skinless chicken thigh goulash made with greek yogurt and some remaining steak tips. I collect scallops, so perhaps some of those. I've been obsessed with cottage cheese lately. My breakfasts have been 35 g cream of wheat with 50-100 g strawberries and 8 turkey sausages. I reintroduced casein shakes, as well.

    Having to patiently wait for return from injury gains while on steroids is frustrating, but it's so much faster overall that I don't regret it. I also especially don't regret not having 7 more fibroids growing in my uterus, so this would be fine anyways. I mostly hate not being able to do chin-ups at this weight when I normally could do them natty at this weight. It will only be a few weeks.

    My next set of bloodwork will be coming up soon. I'm thinking of asking the doctor about BPC-157 at my next appointment. I'm also going to ask about switching from 6 mg per day to 9 mg. We'll see what my testosterone level is before I get overzealous. No matter what it is, I'm going to ask just to have the information.

    I may have to shave slightly more frequently now. I really wouldn't notice if I wasn't trying to notice.

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    Day 14
    155.2
    I have probably had more sex in the last 4 days than I typically would in one month. My husband is probably more okay with me being on steroids now.

    I get random bicep pumps from existing still, but they don't hurt anymore. Bicep pump from putting my mask on for the grocery store, unexpected but not unwanted.

    I feel great after my rest day. I'm hoping the increased side effects are a sign that I'll get some extra gym gains. It's already way faster than normal injury recovery, so I shouldn't really complain. My overhead press is normally a big piece of steaming garbage, so it's a low bar.

    It feels strange waking up a few pounds heavier but sees more ab lines. I have a lower cut above my hip now that I don't think I've ever had before.

    Today is glute and shoulder day. I'm going to try to swap out the belt squat hip hinge for regular barbell thrusts today. They'll put extra pressure on my incisions, but it can't realistically be worse than the belt shaped bruise circling around my body from the belt squat.

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    Day 16
    154.6
    I should caliper tomorrow or Saturday. I can see more muscle near my suprailiac caliper site, so hopefully it shows. My biceps are getting noticeable now, and I can see my delts in pictures when I'm not trying to take pictures of them. I can actually make my quads pop a bit now.

    I'm probably not taking nearly enough anavar to support 3-4 hours of gym time per day, so I may need to scale it back a bit. I only worked up to 215 x 5 on deadlifts yesterday, as my navel incision wasn't feeling great. I'm fairly certain it's from my cat trampling me directly on it yesterday, but I'd rather not risk it.

    I'm trying to remind myself that I should be focused on bodybuilding gains, not strength gains.

    I've had intense cottage cheese cravings for the last week. At least it's easy to cope with.

    I get random bicep pumps from existing, but I haven't had anything incredibly painful for awhile now apart from a weird hand cramp.

    I have blood tests early next week, so I'll be able to get some exact numbers on how exactly var is changing my test levels. I'm also supposed to get an SHBG, which is interesting for me in terms of endometriosis. It would be fantastic if anavar could deter endometriosis in the same way that winstrol + nandrolone can. I am definitely not ready for that combination just yet.

    Based on my OPKs, I should still ovulate this month. My bloodwork includes progesterone, so I'll conveniently get some confirmation of that.

    I really want to Smolov Jr. my bench, but that's probably stupid.
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    Oh dang, I didn't see this log yet. Love the detail and commitment.

    ToTherion, don't forget to sign up for access to the famale forum as well, but please keep posting your log.

    You're a hard worker!
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    February 23
    Day 21
    Things seem to have settled in a bit, so I’ve been waiting on my gym logs. I am still somewhat inexplicably gaining weight on 1300 calories per day. It’s a very bizarre feeling. I put on what used to be a tight dress yesterday, and it looked like a sack. However, I’m up to 157 now. Based on my intake, this has to be good weight, but I don’t want to be the idiot that just got fat taking anavar either, so I’m making my diet a bit more boring this week. My husband eats the most boring bodybuilding diet in the world, so I’ll hop on the plain white fish with vegetables diet for the most part for the next week. We’ll see if I can stomach it. I probably can’t, so I redid my RP Diet app as my backup plan. I start that tomorrow. I also replaced my food scale that was off by 20-50%. I think I immediately noticed it, so I doubt it had much of an impact, but perhaps it did. I also replaced my fitbit, since the HRV wasn’t working anymore, and I’d like to optimize my recovery.

    I did some brief calipers a few days ago, but it was virtually identical, so I’ll wait a bit longer. I normally caliper every 2 weeks, so I’ll stop being overzealous and wait.

    Bench press
    Adding 5 lbs twice a week now.
    Feb 9 missed 95
    Feb 12 95 x 1
    Feb 17 100 x 1
    Feb 21 105 x 1 and it felt soooo easy
    Some of this is because I can start to arch a bit more from my incisions. They feel weird sometimes still, but at least I can just 2 inches from my bench in the future! My typical not trying bench would be sets at 95, so that’s almost back to normal. I still desperately want to smolov. I probably will smolov up until going on vacation in April, then use that as a rest week and then max my bench when I return.

    Deadlift
    2/13 worked up to 225x3
    2/17 worked up to 215 x5

    I could have easily lifted more on both days, but my navel incisions wasn’t having any of it. I cut out about half of my workout on the 17th. I was going to stop at 195 x 7, but something happened (goregrind!) and I decided that I would do 215 for 1. That’s not what I did, because I love deadlifts, but I seem to be fine. Today is deadlift day, and I will try to keep it slow.

    I still can’t wear my belt, and I certainly can’t breathe and brace like I normally would. There is no chance of doing my usual violent grip and rip pull either, so I shouldn’t be trying to pull anything close to normal. I am not sure that I will comply with this, but this is what I’m telling myself.

    Squat
    I want to Zercher squat so badly, but it’s not meant to be with blood draws and probably not great for incisions. I traditionally zercher squat more than I back squat. I don’t know what’s wrong with me either (just kidding, it’s my stupidly long femurs + masochism).
    2/14 135x1
    2/18 115 x 8 (est 1 RM 143)
    I was trying to go easy on my incision again and forcing some “cardio.” I’m squatting quite a bit lower than I normally would. Squats are usually very slow to increase after injuries for me, but I think that’s mostly due to how I fail squats. Quads are my weak point, so I fail near the top and have to go all the way back down to hit the spotter bars, which I obviously avoid. Quads are feeling really good on my squats, however. I can see my quads popping out through my black leggings in my squat videos, and that has never EVER happened before in my life. I don’t feel as stuck in my usual weak spot either. I’ve been doing weighted sissy squats and leg extensions to target them, so it’s not all var, but the visuals are definitely mostly var.

    My two week squat gains are about what I would normally get in just over a month returning.

    I rely heavily on bracing for the squat, so I also expect huge improvements once I can wear a normal belt.

    Calves
    I have visible calves now! Also, I used to be unable to do much weight on the calf extension due to an old stress fracture, but I haven’t had any issues. Did I mention this already? I’m still surprised.

    Glutes
    Skipped the belt squat hip hinge this week to give my bruises a chance to heal. Successfully completed hip thrusts without hurting my incisions. It’s looked like I’ve gotten a butt lift ever since I started anavar, so this isn’t exactly a priority, because it’s going so well.

    Biceps
    Per arm
    2/10 15 x 8 (1RM est 19)
    2/14 20 x 4 (1RM est 22)
    2/20 20 x 7 (1RM est 24)

    These are my max effort curls. I’m close to my usual bicep curl max, particularly because I don’t normally train it. Now that I get to experience pumps in the gym, I train far more biceps than I ever used to train. Next week is looking to be an exciting week.

    Back
    Lat pull down
    2/10 85 x 6 (115)
    2/14 95 x 7 (131 est 1RM not from this set)
    2/20 145 x 2 (149)
    The most I can find that I ever did on the lat pull down is 115 x 8, so this appears to be a new max entirely. My chin up is behind this largely because I don’t want to risk stretching my incisions, so I’m not really trying to get it.

    My pull up assist is currently better than my chin up assist. The machine has an incredibly idiotic placement for the hand positions, so I don’t think it’s a me thing. There just isn’t a good chin up placement. I haven’t tested with bands on my rack at home recently, as I’m trying to behave.


    Voice app
    Nothing interesting is happening here for me, which I guess is good. For whatever reason, I decided to pull my app out for fun while I was watching the fights on Saturday. I took some random audio of Michael Bisping, and it told me he was a female with a higher voice than me. I also did Ben Shapiro, which it rightfully registered as androgynous, and then Chael Sonnen, who also came out as a woman with a voice as high pitched as Michael Bisping. My husband showed up as well into the male range, so I think it’s just the video aspect deciding that everyone is a woman almost.

    Regardless, the difference is all that probably matters, and my voice is the same. Just thought it was an odd quirk. I doubt anyone in the history of the world has ever heard Chael’s voice and mistaken him for a woman.


    Blood tests and Ovulation
    I get my blood test results tomorrow! I happened to have an extremely positive ovulation test the morning of my blood test (day 20), so it will be interesting to see how that matches up. My bloodwork includes LH, FSH, and progesterone, so I should get confirmation of what exactly that positive test means.

    I’m also getting vitamin D tested and I went for some tanning the day before to see how it impacts my test.

    Depending on my testosterone and free testosterone results, I will most likely try to up my dose. If my SHBG hasn’t decreased, I’ll need to add something to fix it for both gains and endometriosis. I don’t think my test could possibly be anywhere near the normal maximum, because my libido is nowhere near the maximum it’s ever been. I really must have gotten my hands on some of those mythological tainted supplements in the past. I wonder what it was. Anavar has been far more mild than I expected.

    I am far more heartless on anavar. Somewhat more heartless. I’m pretty emotionless as it is.

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    Very very detailed log and interested to see where this takes you....
    Iím a little obsessed haha. Hopefully itís just the beginning.

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    Oh dang, I didn't see this log yet. Love the detail and commitment.

    ToTherion, don't forget to sign up for access to the famale forum as well, but please keep posting your log.

    You're a hard worker!
    Thank you! I also have an abundance of free time compared to others, which definitely helps the obsession. I tried requesting access to the female forum, but I donít think itís worked yet. Thereís such a lack of information about female cycles, so Iím quite content to post every minute detail I couldnít find when I was searching.

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    This is amazing. Will be following your progress. Keep up the great work.
    Thank you! I just really love to track EVERYTHING.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToTherion View Post
    Thank you! I just really love to track EVERYTHING.

    Who knew!
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    My blood test results were not what I expected.

    Testosterone is the same 27 ng/dL but SHBG is down to 19 from 99, so my free testosterone is now 6.4 pg/mL compared to about 2 before.

    Bloodwork also confirms that I'm still ovulating on anavar .

    The doctor offered increasing the anavar or adding a low dose of testosterone. I'll be increasing my dose to 12 mg/day for now.

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    Anabolics will most always suppress shbg. And that's fine as long as you don't suffer from metabolic syndrome.
    Adding test will suppress it more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Anabolics will most always suppress shbg. And that's fine as long as you don't suffer from metabolic syndrome.
    Adding test will suppress it more.
    What sort of metabolic syndrome? I technically was pre-diabetic, although I'm nowhere near it now and still on metformin.

    Suppressing SHBG is my goal for controlling endometriosis, so I'm fine with pretty significant side effects as long as it's less than what endo does by fusing my organs together and requiring more surgery. Pretty low bar. I'm mostly just surprised at how well anavar lowered my SHBG, because the standard protocol for endo involves giving women who have no interest in lifting or bodybuilding a combination of winstrol and nandrolone . It sounds insane to me to start there when anavar could offer the same results.

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    2/25/21 Day 23
    Second day on 12 mg
    155.8

    I was looking at my biceps today and noticing how different they look. Even though itís the evening and the worst time to caliper, I decided to do a quick caliper and measure and discovered that my biceps have in fact increased even though my unflexed arm measurement is the same. My biceps caliper went down a mm and my suprailiac surprisingly is down 2 mm. Iíll redo it in the morning in a reasonable way. It was nice to see, especially with my increased weight.

    Iíve been eating white fish and cottage cheese for the bulk of my existence for the last two days.

    I listened a little too much to my Fitbit about getting to cardio zones on the elliptical, and my navel incision has been bothering me ever since. Itís really amazing that Iím repping deadlifts over two plates already with no issues, but I canít get it together for the elliptical. Iím having a rest day today accordingly.

    Iíve noticed that Iím more irritable now. I am actually capable of being slightly irritated by my students. Normally, it would be impossible. I still donít care in the slightest about most things that bother other people, so itís not a huge change. No wonder my cortisol and stress levels are so low.

    Even though Iím taking a day off for my painful incision, Iíve comically been looking up competitions for May. Thatís 10 weeks away, after all. I should definitely be fine by then. I havenít decided between strongman and powerlifting yet.

    2/26/21 Day 24, Day 3 on 12 mg
    156.4 18.79% Jackson Pollock 3
    Great caliper results despite my weight gain. My navel incision is still bothering me, so Iím only doing one gym visit today. Walking around my house in a wrestling singlet accordingly to avoid irritating it. Good thing my students arenít on video today.

    Iíve been getting some heartburn since I switched to the higher dose, so Iíll probably stop trying to take it on an empty stomach with energy drinks. It is a really fun way to start the morning, but not worth it. Heartburn is not all normal for me, and Iíd prefer to keep it that way.


    Supposedly, Iíve lost 2 pounds of fat and gained 4.4 lbs of lean mass in the last two weeks, but I donít really believe it. Maybe if 2 lbs of that is glycogen and water. I also am quite confident that Iím not 19% body fat, although Iíve definitely lost body fat. I would guess something closer to 22%, but my difficult to caliper skin complicates it.

    I can start to see back muscles Iíve never seen before, so at least that bit is real. My quads are also looking and measuring bigger.

    Today is meant to be shoulder day. If my incision is feeling good, Iím going to try to press the log. Itís 55 lbs, which should be doable based on my last shoulder day. I typically press more on the log than the barbell (much like how I zercher squat more than I back squat), so I should be able to do strict presses without any issues.


    FEB 28 DAY 26
    155.0
    Eating fish for the last week seems to be working. I've also been doing the RP Diet App for the last few days. I set it on the lowest allowed carb setting for the first week, which is 105. I feel like I'm constantly eating, but it's obviously working.

    I can actually find back muscles on my recent progress photos. It's a nice change from being disappointed by how non-existent they are and wondering how I ever managed to do chin ups.

    Bicep curls were shockingly good last time. I'm taking it easier on the heavier weights just in case.

    First Anavar Cycle post laparoscopic surgery [emoji3601]-screenshot-2021-03-02-115329.jpg

    March 2 Day 28
    156.0
    Iíve been doing less in the gym to give my incision a chance to get back to normal. Today is supposed to be deadlift day, but I may end up doing deadlift accessories instead of actual deadlifts or at least going for light weight volume.

    This is the week that Iíll get to see how anavar affects PMS. Typically, Iím an absolute monster. I imagine this has something to do with my two estrogen dominant disorders, so Iím interested to see if it actually improves. I would normally also be in pain from endometriosis around this time, and my drastic drop in SHBG should alleviate that entirely. So far so good.

    Progress so far:
    Bench press
    Feb 9 missed 95
    Feb 12 95 x 1
    Feb 17 100 x 1
    Feb 21 105 x 1
    Feb 28 117 EST 1RM from 75x14 up from 75x10 on 2/17
    I kept the weight lower for my healing incisions. I still exocist-ed into the bench though. I also did quite a few feet up accessories. My close grip feet up bench is significantly better than my regular close grip bench was a few sessions ago.

    I still desperately want to smolov, but I want more than usual, so Iím patiently waiting. Impatiently waiting.

    Deadlift
    2/13 worked up to 225x3
    2/17 worked up to 215 x5
    2/23 245 x 3
    Still not a max effort and still canít breathe and brace or wear my belt properly

    Well, I probably COULD, but potentially hurting my incision isnít really worth it. I have a super short torso and long legs, so itís nearly impossible for me to hurt my back deadlifting regardless of how bad my technique is.


    Squat
    2/14 135x1
    2/18 115 x 8 (est 1 RM 143)
    2/24 150 x 1



    Calves
    Still no issues with my old stress fracture


    Biceps
    Per arm
    2/10 15 x 8 (1RM est 19)
    2/14 20 x 4 (1RM est 22)
    2/20 20 x 7 (1RM est 24)
    2/27 25x3 (1RM est 26) and 20 x 9
    I still get massive bicep pumps frequently with little effort. This is compared to never experiencing pumps ever, so take that interpretation with a grain of salt.


    Back
    Lat pull down
    2/10 85 x 6 (115)
    2/14 95 x 7 (131 est 1RM not from this set)
    2/20 145 x 2 (149)
    2/27 95 x 10 top set
    Went light here, as this was right after pulling my incision. It still feels good that ďgoing lightĒ is still more than my max two weeks ago.

    I obviously havenít tried actual pull ups yet. I think my lat pull down is better than it was when I could do chin ups at a higher weight, so I should be close anyways.

    This next bit could be TMI, but what really is when weíre talking about AAS for women?

    Perifit
    My biggest percentage increase in strength has actually been in my pelvic floor muscles. Obviously, theyíre recovering from surgery, but theyíve already exceeded their pre-surgery level. I would never compete in PED banned sports, but my perifit still ranks me against others despite my cheating, and I have gone from strength level 35 to strength level 100 in just two weeks! This is clearly the anavar, as I never made it that far before. It could be because I unlocked the space invader level, too, but itís still too funny to keep to myself.

    Side effects:
    My skin isnít flawless anymore. Specifically, I have one spot on my face that could be the beginning of acne. Itís just not completely even. Normally, it would be pointless for me to bother with foundation. It would now make a tiny difference.

    The most mild shoulder acne ever. Basically, I can find a pore or two, and I couldnít before. Itís a change. I guess it counts. I would never notice if I wasnít checking.

    Maybe I have to shave more often. I think so. I never cared enough to track it, but it feels like more.

    I constantly feel the need to bathe and wash my hair. My hair is almost three feet long, so this is a pretty noticeable change. I normally donít sweat and only wear deodorant to feel like a person who isnít gross and wears deodorant. It doesnít typically DO anything. Now it does occasionally do something. Previously, my body would opt to pass out from heat exhaustion before ever considering sweating as a possibility. It still isnít much sweat, just more than nothing.

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    First Anavar Cycle post laparoscopic surgery [emoji3601]-test-before-after.jpg Before and after anavar testosterone levels and panel

    First Anavar Cycle post laparoscopic surgery [emoji3601]-day-3-vs-ovulation-anavar.jpg Tests indicating ovulation (FSH, LH, etc) on Day 3 before anavar and showing ovulation on anavar


    First Anavar Cycle post laparoscopic surgery [emoji3601]-original-vs-final-cbc.jpg Metabolic panel before and after anavar

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