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First Blast Log: Test/Deca


And good luck with the next six weeks. Hopefully the relief continues and you make great gains as well!


How is the scale looking this week? I think you’re bulking, and I’m cutting. I was 213 this morning which is down slightly. Found it has been very hard to lose weight on TRT and especially now that the Deca is added in, but I’m confident the weight I’m losing is fat. Mirror definitely looks better.


Thanks for checking in. Just got back from vacay and was about to post an update. I’m much more experienced with cutting as I really like to have a conditioned look. If you need any nutrition help I’d be happy to offer my two cents.


I did my fourth shot this morning and was astounded at what the scale said this morning. Granted I’ve been at an all inclusive in Mexico for the past four days eating and drinking whatever I please, but I’ve gained a lot. Started at 167 and change, and today scale said 178.2. I’m sure that will drop some in the next few days when I get back on my nutrition plan, but I wasn’t expecting 11lbs in a week and a half. Here’s a current pic from this morning.

The only sides I’ve been having are a little shortness of breath for a few minutes after injection. Really mild but enough to notice. Went into some old scar tissue today so that’s always fun. Other than that it went easy.

My blood pressure is normal for me at 124/73. Pulse was a high at 88, but I had been running around.

I just bought some skinfold calipers and will be taking measurements weekly as well. First one was today and chest reading was 2mm. Belly was 6 and thigh was 5. According to the manufacturer that should have me at 4% body fat which is a load of crap, but I at least have numbers to go off of to see if I’m gaining fat.

I’m definately retaining a little water, but again I think that’s mostly my eating during the trip. No signs of the dreaded deca dick thus far. Overall I feel great and am excited to grow!

The resort in Mexico had a really nice gym so even though I ate and drank like crap I didn’t miss a workout…

Well I think that’s it for now.


Would love to hear your two cents.

My diet consists of low carb/keto with a lot of high fat meat, nuts/seeds, and a lot of cheese. I’ll throw in some fruit a couple of times a week, and a cheat meal every ten days or so.

Cardio is mostly walking on a treadmill at elevation for around 40 minutes (approx 2 miles), 3-4 times a week. Treadmill is in my garage and I live in Texas so it’s usually no less than 90 degrees, so I’m drenched in sweat. Probably need to add in some HIIT, but have not done that yet.

Workout with weights 3-4 times a week…legs/core, chest/triceps, and back/biceps, always follow those workouts with. 20 minutes in the sauna.


So we do t muddy this one up too much why don’t you start a thread in nutrition and I’ll chime in. Lots of interesting opinions on keto and training!


So my pre cycle labs came in and I thought I’d post them. No big surprises except for no idea why my triglycerides are a little high. Could this be caused by added carbs increasing my insulin?

Labs were taken four days out from my TRT dose of test so I’m guessing at 250mg I’m peaking around 850 test.


How did you get your IGF-1 so high?


I take sermorelin/ghrp2 500mcg nightly. Was around 170ish so not too bad, and now I range between 250 and 315 usually. I will have been on for a year in January and then will take a break and see what happens. Some people have been able to keep elicited levels for a prolonged time after stopping treatment.


You’re pulse was 88 when resting or when running around. If you were running and your pulse was 88 that’s excellent, otherwise, it’s in the upper limits of normal, hr will raise a bit when on gear. I know when I run around my pulse can get up to 160, and vigorous running (sprinting) can get me up to 170, hell a brisk walk can get me to 130 after a mile or two! However I’m also a fair bit younger than you are, average resting heart rate for me over the past 7 days is 67bpm


Neither really. Was doing stuff, bring groceries in, getting ready for the day etc. in a hurry I sat down and took it. So it probably would be a little lower had i trusty been in a rested state


Yea I wouldn’t worry about it unless it goes well over 100 resting (over 100 is considered tachycardia) AND you feel strange (dizzy, lightheaded etc) I mean after an intense leg session sometimes my heart rate will remain slightly elevated for hours afterwards… But if you just wake up to a heart rate over 100… Yea worry about that lol. You’re looking great btw, anyhow I’m not a medical professional take my advice with a grain of salt, excellent progress so far btw

Best time to measure RHR is right after you wake up, you’re in a truely rested state.


Thanks man! I’ll keep an eye on it. Good to know though. This is all pretty new to me so I’m just trying to be diligent, and learn everything I can. I appreciate the help!


@physioLojik would you have any idea what could cause my triglycerides to suddenly double? They are barely out of range on the above test. About two months prior to bloodwork I really got strict on my diet in order to get as lean as possible before trying to put on some mass in the fall. My HDL and LDL numbers both dropped pretty dramatically but the triglycerides shot up. Any thoughts? The last time I had bloodwork was in June and I believe my triglycerides were around 80