First off, I'm not sure whether I actually qualify as a FFB, but I'm pretty sure I do. I'm 5'10, and I used to weigh 250. That said, at that point I could bench 315, clean 305, and squat right at 300 (weak, I know). That was 6 years ago.
I lost a ton of weight running/not eating/etc over the course of a few years. Well, I've decided to really commit myself to bodybuilding. 2011 is the year of the bulk for me.
As a FFB, there are a ton of resources on T-Nation giving advice and such. I thought I would build the skeleton of a thread that would help all the FFBs like me to maintain focus when trying to bulk and get stronger--even if, gasp, we have to sacrifice our 'hawt sexy abs' at the alter of strength gains.
The FFB Commandments of Bulk:
1. Thou shalt not weigh thyself more than monthly.
Thou shalt adhere to using your lifting totals as a sign of progress.
After beginning the bulk, thou shalt not use the term "body fat percentage" for at least six months.
Thou shalt not eat like crazy for two weeks and call that your 'bulk.' Bulking, as I've learned in beginning a conscious
bulk for the first time, takes real, sustained commitment.
Thou shalt take progress shots every two months and use those to see where you're at.
If thou shouldst wander into the field of yo-yo dieting (i.e. 'bulking' one day, 'cutting' the next), then thou hast truly trodden into the land of sin. Repent.
Thou shalt limit thy cardio to 40 minutes a day. I know that's a lot, but some of us are addicted to it.
Thou shalt lift with absolute intensity, drive, and focus.
Thou shalt eat clean protein sources every two hours as part of a (relatively) clean and disciplined bulking effort.
Thou shalt man up, quit whining on forums about not making gains when you don't want to make them.
That seems to be the collective wisdom of T-Nation's treatment of the FFB phenomenon in a 10 Commandments form, which, as I said, is surprisingly well represented on these boards.
And for abject berating of FFB's who are extremely depressed at the prospect of losing said 'hawt sexy abz,' feel free to use the search function at your pleasure.
Any links others might want to add, post them and I'll put them up. I was pretty surprised at how much FFB stuff there is on these forums.