ABOUT ME… I’m 32 yrs young. I’m lean and in great shape. About 6 yrs ago I took the dive off the deep end and started to cycle gear. Mainly for cosmetic and performance purposes. I was into competitive powerlifting then and wanted to really get into the sport. I cycled with Test at higher amounts nothing over 500mg but stacked/paired it with some orals or maybe a little Tren for a bit. I did use and AI for pretty much the entire time I cycled with those higher doses up until the last year when I stopped the AI due to me reading up on how bad they truly are. I never went crazy like some guys do because in the back of my mind I was always worried about my health. My injection frequency using higher doses was usually twice a week or 3 times a week. So I did one powerlifting meet which I did very well in but just didn’t fully feel it. I mean it was cool and fun but got the feeling it wasn’t for me. It’s a tough sport and I really realized health is more important to me. I’ve been on here TNation for a couple years now reading and researching. I have been off an AI for probably over a year now. I’ve tried 3 different protocols with me still on my 3rd protocol as I write this post. Lab results posted and shown below.
-7oz of chicken breast with 1cup of jasmine rice and half serving of almonds (with 1/4 teaspoon of iodized salt) x2 (Morning meal and lunch meal)
-1 serving of Oatmeal with 2 scoops of whey isolate protein powder with 1 serving of 85% dark chocolate. (Afternoon meal/ after work meal about an hour and a half before workout)
-2 Bananas 1 in the morning and 1 post workout
-7oz of chicken with Smoothie (2 cups of frozen blueberries, 112grams = half cup of steamed spinach and 4oz of non concentrated OJ)
Recently added 3 Brazil nuts (very high in selenium) spread out throughout the day to up my selenium and aid in thyroid.
CHEAT food is minimal. Here and there but not much. Maybe a few cookies or some chips or a single fast food/restaurant meal out a week. I try to watch how much fast food/junk food I eat. Dairy food makes me break out. Alcohol, well I love beer. I’m a big craft beer guy but I also don’t go overboard. A few every week at most.
CHOLESTEROL As you can see from my lab results Nov. 2020 and Jan. 2021 my cholesterol was jacked up a bit. It definitely runs in my family just so you guy know. That said, I WAS eating 6 whole jumbo eggs scrambled daily for years. I took them out while adding Krill Oil and my cholesterol is improving as you can see on my May 2021 lab results. I may also add citrus bergamot to aid in lowering cholesterol. I will do everything and anything before going on actually cholesterol medication.
SIDE NOTE I was also addicted to caffeine for the longest time. Usually it was the zero calorie/zero sugar Bang or Monster drinks. All throughout the 1st 2 sets of my lab results shown, my Nov. 2020 results and my Jan. 2021 results. I was using big amounts 600-900mg daily for a long time. Probably a couple year like that. Realized this was an unhealthy amount so I took corrective action. Slowly came down to 300mg a day then to 140-150mg a day to now none. I feel better on no caffeine. Occasionally I may sneak 1 or 2 energy drinks in a week but it’s rare now. Caffeine amplifies my anxiety. Caffeine can affect thyroid and adrenals right? Maybe why my thyroid was a bit elevated? During my 1st 2 sets of labs???
-Krill Oil - 3000mg a day. For my cholesterol
-B-Complex - first thing in the morning
-Vitamin K2 (MK4, MK7) for blood vessel/ heart health and anti-plaque build up.
-Vitamin D3 8000 IU’s daily - split up morning, afternoon and evening.
-Zinc - 50mg a day split into morning and afternoon.
-Vitamin C 500mg split up 3x a day for a total of 1500mg
-Magnesium Glycinate 400mg before bed.
NOTE: I am self prescribed as of right now.
-BLOOD TEST (Early Nov. 2020, started this protocol late August 2020)
50mg Test. E. EOD, 175mg/wk no AI with 10mg daily cialis. Blood test taken on trough day after 8wks. This was my 1st ever stretch not taking an AI for this long. I did pop 6.25mg of aromasin as I kinda freaked a bit thinking E2 was high. Stay on this protocol for one more week. During this week I read up on trying to get FT higher so then I made the switch to my next protocol…
-BLOOD TEST (Late Jan. 2021, started this protocol early/middle Nov. 2020)
60mg Test. E. EOD, 210mg/wk no AI with 10mg daily cialis. Blood test taken on trough day after 8wks. Never touched Aromasin even after seeing E2 a bit higher than last bloods, just went into my current protocol.
BLOOD PRESSURE: the night before my blood test
LEFT ARM only 133/87. Elevated maybe due to too high of dose or maybe because current life stressor. That night I remember being slightly stressed out.
BLOOD TEST (Mid May 2021, started this protocol late January 2021 and as of this post I’m still running this exact protocol)
BLOOD PRESSURE: on day of blood test in the morning.
RIGHT ARM 123/61
LEFT ARM 115/61
Currently I’m on 25mg Testosterone E.
daily, 175mg/wk, no AI and with 10mg of cialis daily.
I’m at a loss for words here guys. I feel great. My workouts are awesome. I’m not as strong as I was obviously but still very strong and strength keeps improving little by little. I’m hitting the gym 4-5 times a week. Only thing I would like to add in would be some cardio. Anyway yeah with my diet I feel good and look better now on TRT doses than I did cycling higher doses. I think taking an AI back then also contributed to being/looking a bit more flats… keeping the E2 down. I sleep pretty good. Though some nights I feel I have a harder time falling asleep. I usually always wake up feeling pretty good. Not overly tired or sluggish. I aim for 6-8hours of sleep. My main problem/symptom though guys is my libido. Morning wood is minimal and weaker. I can get really hard (daily cialis helps for this) but it takes a bit of work sometimes and it seems to get softer easier. Just recently there has been one particular life stressor/ life event going on. I’m just not sure if it’s too high of a dose for me? I mean some days I feel I am on a small cycle. My SHBG is lower than it is higher so maybe I don’t need this much? Could that make my free E2 higher? I don’t want to blame E2 cause it’s not high in correlation with my FT and TT. Could my E2 come up higher??? I will note some days my joints pop and click but not in a painful way like low E2 usually does. I know fluid in your joint does slide over your tendons making a pop/click sound. Mmmm ??? I had my DHEA-S and Pregnenolone tested and they are pretty low. I’m thinking this may have something to do with low libido? So yeah I’m thinking lower my dose, increase my dose (probably not this one) or try out DHEA, Pregnenolone?
NOTE Also not sure why my AST was elevated on my May 2021 blood test. Could have been from a few extra beers I had the week prior due to life stress or maybe a little cold I was fighting off as I did feeling slightly off after my blood test.
Again this is my 1st year on “TRT” and I’m looking for help and guidance. Please and thank you guys. Also I wanting to start looking for a somewhat affordable TRT clinic to work with. If there is anything else I’m leaving out let me know?
@systemlord @dextermorgan @enackers I’m looking to you to chime in as I know you all have yrs of experience and I respect your opinions. Obviously there are others on here also that know this stuff so feel free to give me your suggestions and guidance. Thanks.