These are my progress pics taken this week, 6 months on from starting Starting Strength (didn’t used to really lift before 6 months ago, decided to give it a go after seeing how physically i was).
This is what i looked like at the start: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=sl333r&s=6
I put on weight very quickly but i think i’ve gained a fair amount of fat because I went a bit crazy on GOMAD (probably a newb mistake) before setting my calories to 350 above maintenance. I personally think I look around 18-20% bf.
I don’t know now whether i should bulk for a little more of cut straight away. Ideally, I would like to go down to 150 pounds at 9-10% bodyfat then slow bulk next year to my 2 year end goal of being at 165 pounds 9-10% bodyfat (I have learnt from my mistakes at the start of going too crazy with the calories).
Also i feel nervous about cutting, i don’t know whether it would lose my strength gains? I don’t know much about it.
Here are my current photos:
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=23u31n4&s=6 - taken after eating - felt bloated.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2iuyqh0&s=6 - would like to improve chest : picture from front.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2yunevb&s=6 - earlier this week
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=saupus&s=6 - same as above, would like to improve chest
My stats aren’t great either:
Deadlift: 120kg 1x4 (I really suck at these because I had a lot of technique issues)
Squat: 105kg 3x5 (Olympic style, below parallel, had to deload to sort out form, did three quarter squats of 120kg 5x5)
Bench Press: 65kg 3x5
Press: 52.5kg 3x5