I got into Powerlifting back in the UK around 18 months ago but only really played around with it. I have recently moved to Australia and am going to be entering two comps in March (championships in Melbourne and the qualifier the week before).
Upon moving to OZ in early December 2012 I was 65kg (143lbs) and I am 170 metres tall. After 12 weeks I have gained 5kg and am now sitting at 154lbs. All my clothes feel the same but I feel like I am carrying water around my hips and pretty much all down my posterior chain. I generally feel bloated!
My diet is pretty clean, im not perfect and do like the odd treat at the weekend but apart from that it’s good. I only have rice flakes on the days i do my strength training and then on all the other days I get my carbs from veg etc. I drink around 3-4 litres of water a day. I haven’t had a normal period since the 2nd week in December and am not pregnant. But I am wondering if this will be contributing to the weight gain?
Have any of you other women doing powerlifting training experienced a messed up menstrual cycle and weight gain? I’m around 18-20% body fat and am certainly no where near overweight and would also class myself as a stocky girl anyway but i am getting frustrated with this weight gain. Should I be worried?
I am extremely tired and fatigued but have put this down to the strain on my CNS. But im not sure whether the fatigue would also be anything to do with my menstrual cycle? I am squatting 220lbs for 2 reps, deadlifting 308lbs for 2 reps and have a shit bench at 127kg…so im not lifting crappy weights (or so i think )
I have just started to take iron with vit C, a good multi-vitamin and also B-Complex in this hope this will help.
Does anyone have any suggestions on diet or other supplements i could try to help my cycle and also any diet/training tips to prevent any more weight gain?
Any help at all would be really appreciated and I can give more info if required or if ive missed anything out.
Thanks so much