Body weight - mine never goes up, stuck at 117

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    Aug 22, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    My question is: I don't get it. What to do? I'm already doing all the "right" things, being smart with it all. Not new to bodybuilding.

    First, I would like to know if there are any guys out there who weigh like I do, and look definitely muscular with some mass to your muscles, not skinny. What is your body weight, truthfully?

    I can lift more weight than I did earlier this year, and visually (my observation and others') my muscles have definitely grown bigger somewhat also more cut than the pics I took this spring. Maybe I weight a pound more, or maybe not. I want the tone but I want to build mass, bigger muscles.

    I'm 5' 5" and 51 years old. I wish I had recent pics, and would like to make some when I find I get the mass I want. Yup, I eat and eat as much as possible, do all the "right" things I've read and been taught and still learn about my diet, work out, supplements, sleep, so forth. It's too much to write. I have to fight for my weight not to get lower, and it gets scary when it goes down to 116, but I'm not up to even 120, let alone 130 or more.

    A decade ago I had more muscle and weighed 152 pounds or so, but too much fat, and a gut that would hide any abs. I did the two step build bulk and cut fat with two different trainers, both bodybuilders. I doesn't work for me. I lost all but literally one pound after they carefully helped me cut the fat. I decided to forget that and always maintain a good body fat level and waist, and build muscle from this.

    I suffer from serious anxiety and that constant stress is what I believe is at least one factor somehow keeping me from gaining. I don't know how, but I wonder. I also have low testosterone and am still trying to take the right testosterone replacement that raise it at least into the normal level if not a good healthy level, without causing any side effects with anxiety, irritability, or temper, etc.




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    Aug 22, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    I have to work to keep my weight down. I envy you. icon_lol.gif
  • zenmonkie

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    Aug 22, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    I'll tell ya what to do:

    Stop worrying about it.
    You look great, life is short, and perfection is a conceptually unattainable illusion, contrary to the belief of many a RJ folk.
    Peace!
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    Aug 22, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    www.BodyBuilding.com has workouts for all ages and stages.
  • KissTheSky

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    Aug 22, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    I think you look great now! You should be proud of building a strong and fit physique... Congrats!
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    Aug 23, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Thanks for your kind comments. I do know what you are saying. The most important thing in the world is to like yourself, and how you look. I do want to work on it though, I like the challenge and working with my body.

    The next time I take pics of me, I am going to take some of them at a distance so you can see what I look like. Cropped can be misleading (I'm an artist, I know.) Yes, I am pleased but it is still so slow, and yeah, I really do want some more mass.

    Response to using bodybuilding.com: I used to go there. That's why I come here now. Bodybuilding.com is super homophobic, sometimes ruthlessly. And they totally get away with it. As I continued reading the site over time, it was just too much. Not all are bigots but there are enough to make me sick to the stomach and boycott them. There are certainly gay people on it, but I have seen some blatantly bashed for no reason except hate, and one thread had many members participating on the rampage. Some members actually have a subtitle on all their posts saying something like "Anti-Phaggotry Society" or something like that. Bad enough if it was a gay person saying that but it wasn't....and I saw more like that. I sent a decent and formal, polite letter to the administrators and owner of the site, and never received a response at all. They simply do not care, and it'd be easy for them to do something responsible about it.

    I think there is a "section" for gay men, if I remember, but it is a joke. Super queeny campy talk about nothing. So I looked on the web for a gay bodybuilding forum and found this.
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    Aug 24, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Your Spring pics look great. You definitely look like you've been hitting the gym pretty hard. Based on what you've posted so far, I'd recommend that you stay away from yo-yo high calorie diets; also known as "bulking/cutting". Maybe you should do some research on carb timing. Basically, you'll be consuming most of your carbs before and after your workouts. The rest of the day, your food intake will be high protein and low carb.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 24, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    I think there is a "section" for gay men, if I remember, but it is a joke. Super queeny campy talk about nothing. So I looked on the web for a gay bodybuilding forum and found this.
    We have guys like that in forums here, just a few. Not sure why they are here when you can tell fitness, a healthy body and mind have no part in their lives- But Welcome to RJ Tim.

    There r good topics here for hard gainers and diet and workout tips on here.
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    Aug 24, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    I totally understand about the difficulty and frustration you're going through. For me it's been a lifelong issue. It was a miracle for me to finally get to 140-145. I work out all the time and shovel food in. At one point I got to 150, but I didn't look as cut (seems you discovered this too). I think probably it's better to be a few pounds less and look defined.

    I hear guys at 165-175 talk about how they're such hardgainers. They don't have a clue as to what a "hardgainer" actually is.

    All that said, I think you look great now. So I wouldn't worry. I'd focus on staying cut and improving rather than gaining.