I'm back again for another journal post.
While this past Friday saw me ending the program I was on, I'm now working on just doing regular workouts until I decide on the next plan to embark on. As I mentioned before, I'll probably begin the IIFYM diet program, hopefully I'll find a good cutting program to show the results of my bulk.
As I bring up the bulk I was doing, I wanted to talk about the progress that I made. Overall, I felt that the bulk was extremely effective for my first real time bulking. While I didn't go all out on the diet as I was supposed to (I should've been eating around 3,000-3,500 calories per day), I kept a good diet anywhere from 2,000-2,700 per day, and was pretty good on my meals.
When I started Buff Buddies, I was on my 2nd week of the bulking program. I started out the bulk at 193.2 pounds, before dropping down to 186 pounds between weeks 3 and 4. I'm not sure how so much weight cut, but it was the opposite of what I needed. I cut back on my cardio and ate a little more to get back to my starting weight of 193 by the holidays, and worked up to my current weight at 196.8 pounds (I've been steady at this weight since last Wednesday).
While adding weight sounds bad, it's not in this case. I managed to drop a good percentage of body fat on my bulk, dropping from 20.1% on week 2 of the program to 18.4% at the end of week 11 of the program. That's a drop of 1.7% body fat on a bulk, which is great! I also managed to increase my BMI from 30.2 to 30.69 which isn't too great, but that's to come with putting on weight.
I can definitely tell that I am considerably stronger after the 12 weeks, and I've put on some nice size. I'm hoping now to cut some more body fat and get down to see the results of my bulk.