I've been doing a lean bulk and looooving it. I've been lifting heavy, eating intuitively, working out 4-5x per week, and enjoying life. I'm not restricting myself as much as I have in the past. I'm eating what my body needs as well as enjoying the occasional treat.. while working my booty off...I mean ON in the gym. #lolGetIt #WorkTheBootyOnNotOff #SorryNotSorryForCornyJokes
A proper lean bulk can seem (and feel) slow.. Because the weight gain is so slow, it can be easy to feel like you aren't making progress or seeing changes in the mirror, but I personally prefer bulking this way. I wanted to gain muscle while keeping my fat gain to a minimum. With any bulk, ("dirty" or "lean") you're GOING to gain fat. It's near impossible to avoid any fat gain when you're in a caloric surplus trying to gain muscle. Assuming your training and nutrition are on point, you can only gain so much muscle throughout a given amount of time. I joke about eating an extra donut or two because "I'm bulking" but I don't let myself go overboard. I mean....it does happen sometimes lol I am only human but I do my best to not make it a habit. This fitness lifestyle has taught me discipline and self-control (which I'm still practicing daily.)
Last fall I started my bulk at about 100 pounds (morning weight with an empty stomach) at 4'11. Life came up and I wasn't as consistent as I should have been with my training and food. Since the beginning of this year I got back on track and am currently weighing between 106-107 in the morning.
Right now, I am very happy with my body. I'm not trying to have the smallest waist ,the biggest butt, or the leanest physique. I'm trying to build MY best physique. My current goal is to continue making steady (and realistic) improvements over time.. even if that means putting on a little bit more body-fat.
We all have different bodies, genetics, and goals. Weather you're trying to put on size/muscle, shed fat, step on stage, or run a marathon, we all have one thing in common. We are all striving to become better versions of ourselves. #MakingImprovements #ChallengingYourself #SorryForTheDiary