First I want to say thank you to all of the experts here in this community. There’s not a whole lot of information on the web about TRT/HRT, but here is where all the experts seem to be. I’ve been reading through quite a few posts and have learned a lot. So thank you.
I’m 38 years old and have actively been trying to get my health together. Over the past 6 months I have been working on losing weight. I’ve always been a big guy - loved powerlifting in my 20s - but got busy with work and let things go in my 30s. I’ve been hitting the gym, riding a fan bike about 5-7 times a week and have lost around 6" off my big gut over four months. I don’t monitor a scale because I am trying to add muscle while losing some fat at the same time.
I really cleaned up my diet. Limited processed carbs - I even go every other week without any processed carbs/foods. I still to mostly beef and fish. I hate chicken from my bro days in college when all I ate was chicken breast, sweet potatoes and broccoli. I eat about 5 servings of fruit a day as I can’t do the no carb diet. I have no energy and get really cranky without carbs. I also don’t monitor my calories since I do cardio for an hour a day and lift for an hour a day. Overall my diet is clean and I don’t drink juice/soda or even flavored water.
As time wore on into my six months, I was losing energy. I was/am probably training too much, but I used to train harder in my 20s. I have been getting to sleep between 9-10pm, and wake up at between 4:30-5:30am daily. I am a super easy gainer, so I have to train often to lose the weight.
I had a hard time losing fat, was losing energy over time, and wasn’t recovering optimally from my weight-training sessions.
So I reached out to an online source for TRT. They did my blood levels (no free testosterone test) and all of my numbers were within normal range (according to labcorp). I don’t have my test results because I was dumb and accidentally deleted them. My total testosterone was 465 ng/mL - I still wanted to try testosterone because I want to lose fat, get better erections (have had a difficult time with this over the past five years), get more energy, and recover better from weightlifting.
The doctor put me on 200mg of test cyp per week with anastrazole(IM). I also take 50(x2) units of HCG along with the test. I take HCG on the day I inject with test, and three days later.
The first week I had a hard time falling asleep/staying asleep. The second and third weeks I would have a hard time sleeping for the first and second night after the injection.
So far in the fourth week, things seemed to have settled and I am sleeping much better. Part of the reason why I think I was having a hard time sleeping is my body temperature seems to have gone up and I was getting hotter at night.
My muscles are definitely harder than ever, I am recovering faster, and I am seeing noticeable gains in the weight room. I’m not necessarily adding a ton of weight to my regimen, however I can bust out a lot more reps. I have started getting a few pimples, but my skin feels tighter and younger.
I know I said I didn’t use a scale above, but since I have been going to my primary doctor for other issues (asthma related stuff), I have been seeing my weight measurements. I’ve gained five pounds since I started TRT while losing another 2" off my waist circumference.
My mood has stabilized big time. I never had depression, but I definitely had my cranky moments where I just got into a sour mood until I got a good night’s rest. Now things seem to be much more balanced with my mood and overall I am much happier.
So, overall I am happy with where I am at. However, after reading through the forums, I am concerned that I should not be on the anastrazole and HCT? What do you guys think? Also, I know my 200mg of test cyp. per week is on the high side, but I am okay with that as I would like to build muscle. Are there any suggestions you could/would make to optimize my regimen?
Thanks again. First time post, so take it easy on me. And thanks for reading through my long post.