So, here's the situation. (The post is kinda all over the place.. Sorry about that)
I went on my first serious bulk about 7 weeks ago. Before that, after a year-long period of yo-yo cuts and bulks, I was skinny fat, 72-73 kg, with a 31" waist, and 13.5" "guns."* Oh - and an eating disorder from overstressing about my diet
*(My arms are the only measurement I can take reliably, so I kinda use them to gauge progress)
Since then, I gained about 12 kilos (!). According to EVERYTHING I've read on this website, only a few kilos of that can POSSIBLY be muscle. Well, from past experience, I'd say a few kilos are just from creatine loading, and extra food/crap in my body. Still, we're looking at around 8-10 kilos of mass gain over a 7 week period.
Anyway, here's the catch: my arms are now about 15.25" pumped. When I measured them a week or so into the bulk, they were 14.1" (Some of the size increase from my initial measurement of 13.5" was probably due to carb loading and a pump). So I gained at LEAST an inch on my arms, and the rest of my body has progressed similarly well (I don't do direct arm work). My back got a lot thicker, my lats got wider.. I can't tell if my chest and legs grew a lot, but my front squat increased by almost 20kg (!), and bench press by 10 kg.
People keep commenting about how I seem to look bigger every time they see me, and generally notice that I work out, which didn't happen before.
Now, I'm really happy with my gains so far. But, because of the extra fat I've gained, my abs have just about disappeared (I can see them when I flex, but only barely). My jeans are starting to get tight in the waist, too. I was gonna bulk until March at first, but now I'm contemplating going on a 3-week cut in January. What should I do?
I'm getting a bit self-conscious about my bulk belly, but that's not the part that bothers me most. I'm more bothered by the fact that, theoretically, my gains are impossible and I probably gained way too much fat :(. If any vets could give me some feedback, I'd be really grateful. If it helps, I can post a few photos, too.
Oh - from an earlier thread on a botched bulk, I got advice about doing a bit of cardio while bulking to get bigger AND leaner at the same time (the whole g-flux thing). I had to walk a few km every day a few weeks back, and actually noticed that I got noticeably leaner. So, I'm incorporating a little bit of slow, steady-state cardio every day, and I'm gonna see where that takes me. I'm also thinking of HIIT, but not sure where I'd fit it, as I lift 5x a week.
Leucine with meals
BCAA (25g pre/peri workout)
Generic omega 3 pills
My own nootropic blend