I'm a 34 y/o male. Have been training for a couple of years, mostly doing cardio and calisthenics daily, with free weights as a non-regular practice. I'm in fairly good shape compared to most people my age, I assume I'm somewhere around 12% bf (upper abs clearly visible when flexing, lower belly fat hiding the rest...). My diet is not 100% spot on, but I have a very good idea on what macronutrients to go for, and it tends to be high protein/medium fat/low carbs.
I've been toying with the idea of trying a simple testosterone cycle, not really aiming at achieving a bodybuilders' physique, but allured by the idea of having extra energy, elevated mood, a chance to cut to lower body fat % without losing muscle and the improved sex drive. my goal would be to achieve a leaner physique and putting on 2 or 3 kg of muscle.
I read a lot about steroids in general and went ahead and purchased my stuff from a reputable (as far as I could tell reading reviews) source.
I got: test-e vials, anastrazole, tamoxifen and hcg.
after much hesitation due to being a gigantic pussy, I finally pinned 250mg of test-e last saturday.
I had planned to stay on test only for a while so as to see how my body reacted to it, which is also why I kept the dose low and not go to 500mg. I've read of many people that start taking anastrozole right away, but I wanted to know what I was reacting to by keeping it simple.
This first week went by with no big changes. I did have a noticeable improved mental focus at day 3 and beyond, a bit more energy and some mood improvement, but it could very well be placebo. I did notice my joints being more "relaxed" so to speak, and waking up with little or no pain from recent gym sessions, recovery time has become faster so it seems, but my strength hasn't gone up.
Yesterday I pinned my second 250mg. I haven't noticed any side effects so far. bloating is a standard for me, I tend to wake up everyday with that, so I'm sure it's not the test. I have no puffy nipples and haven't been particularly moody or anything else yet.
My questions are: should I start taking anastrazole? Will it quicken the effects of Test-e, since estrogen would be in a lower ratio to test? isn't it a bit overkill at such a low dose of test-e? should I forget about the anastrazole and just keep the tamoxifen close by if I notice any sides?I haven't noticed any sex drive improvements yet, but I suppose it's still early on. I plan to cycle for 10 weeks and do my second one with higher test-e levels if I don't react badly to this one.
last, but not least: is hcg overkill too at this low test-e dose? I really want PCT to be as smooth as possible, and I plan on having kids in the next few years, so this is obviously important to me at the moment.
Thanks for reading this boring wall of text, any input will be appreciated.