Hey there guys and gals,
I've been keeping written logs for a few months now and I almost never miss a day I plan to train... But I feel like if I start logging it online it's more drive to perform better and get stronger.
I've been lifting for about 6 years now (started early in high school), but I'd say I haven't taken diet and lifting too seriously aside from the last couple years or so. I'm pretty damn short (around 5' 4") and I've always weighed around 140ish (usually slightly below). I'm 21 now so still lots of room for growin'.
My goal right now is to tack on some serious mass. I did a bulk earlier this year (it was about 3-4 months) and I saw some definite size improvement. Of course, this wasn't a long bulk and it was really an experiment to see if I could actually put on some weight. And of course, being a total idiot, I figured I'd get cut up for summer. So after wasting nearly a year of growing time, I figure that if I want to truly be big, I need to dedicate a good amount of time to getting there (bye bye abz).
After 2 months of bulking cleanly, I'm currently sitting at about 149-150 lbs, and my goal is to hit 165 by next summer. I'm about a pound or two shy from the heaviest I've ever been, and I feel around this point is where I start to feel a bit "chubbier" than I'd like to be. I'm going to need to re-dial in my macros pretty soon because I can tell thus far my gut loves carbs. My macro intake is looking like 400/200/100 for carbs/protein/fat but I'm looking to reduce the total carb intake and up it with a bit more fat, and possibly a bit more protein. I might start doing some sort of high/mid/low carb day as well, but I'll have to give lower carb/higher fat a shot for a couple weeks and see how that's going. Tracking macros is also something new to me, as it used to just be as much chicken as possible and I was happy.
I'll post again tonight after I do my Chest/Back workout. For what it's worth, I just finished up about 8-10 months of low rep ranges focusing on pushing as much weight as I could. Now I'm targeting more 6-8 rep range for most exercises, and I'm not letting ego get in the way at all. I won't be bumping weight until I feel good doing a solid 8 reps, and I'll be lowering weight if I can't make my minimum rep goal. I feel like I'll stick with this for 16 weeks or so, and re-evaulate from there.
Follow my log if you want, and any input/advice is welcome... as long as you have something to back it up with!