Seems like all my muscle went away suddenly.

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    Aug 18, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I've been training 4-5- times a week this Summer. I know I'm doing the right amount of training and weights, plus I make sure to eat well. The thing though is that I have asthma, so I definitely see that affecting my rest intervals (get tired easily) and cardio.

    Because of this, I take a creatine mix that always gives me lots of energy and water retention bulk. I know how creatine works, but after being off it and not working out for a wekend, it seems like my muscle (which usually shows better even not on creatine) gains just kind of disappeared. I feel like I look smaller now, as compared to when I'd be working out. It cannot be that my muscle deteriorated just over the weekend, right? I find that very hard to believe.

    Edit: Also, I have been feeling kinda tired and sick this weekend. Sore throat and a few aches, dehydrated, plus grogginess. Could that be a factor in it as well (possibly being sick)?
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    Aug 18, 2014 5:32 PM GMT
    That's gotta suck, dude. Hopefully you can find your muscle again soon. Have you checked your pockets?
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    Aug 18, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    Muscle's tempermental; perhaps you said something to hurt its feelings. If it didn't even leave a note a thoughtful, tasteful, gift, inexpensive yet tailored to its interests, will show you care.
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    Aug 18, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    I'll write them a letter. Hopefully they'll want me back.

    Also, can a mod please change this thread to the correct section?
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    Aug 18, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
    Yeah, Sorry, If you only work your party/club muscles then don't spin your shirt in the air like a helicopter, they will atrophy quickly.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 18, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    You're just looking at yourself with a more critical eye. And the creatine will give you that temporary pump. But stay with it. The gains will keep building on gains. Takes time. Enjoy the process.
  • xBEHEMOTHx

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    Aug 18, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    Maybe your bloated..or something..mine went away after 3 months out of gym.but a month back in and I'm pretty much back where I left off ..actually a little leaner
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    Aug 18, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThat's gotta suck, dude. Hopefully you can find your muscle again soon. Have you checked your pockets?


    They're probably with all his lost socks.
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    Aug 18, 2014 9:11 PM GMT
    Have you measured? I doubt your muscles are significantly smaller.

    You've probably plateaued and you are looking at yourself with a jaundiced eye....not seeing the increases as before. Because they are less! But only in comparison.
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    Aug 18, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    Like others said, I think you are being too critical with your eye. I don't think it's possible to notice your muscles getting smaller over ONE weekend. Just keep working hard! Also, you said you do cardio. It looks like you have a naturally thin body type if I'm not wrong. In that case, if you are trying to get bigger, you shouldn't do much cardio. I have a thin body type so, I don't really do any cardio LOL. I just lift and try to eat well and it works out for me. Good luck with your results
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    Aug 18, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    Maybe you've got bigorexia now. icon_confused.gif

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_dysmorphia
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    Aug 19, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
    So turns out I have a slight fever. That, plus me watching my body too carefully(and not getting enough water), is probably what's happening. Thank you for the serious replies though.
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 19, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    LC92,

    It's possible you lost considerable muscle (like 5+ lbs) if you starved yourself during your weekend fever, depending on your metabolism, so make sure you eat regularly even on rest days, and try even when sick.

    Another possibility: you've probably become accustomed to seeing yourself with a pump during and after your gym sessions. So on a rest day, you saw yourself all day without the pump. The pump is temporary muscle inflation during lifting, because blood rushes to the muscles being worked, which makes you look slightly bigger in the mirror during and immediately after your lifting sessions.

    Another explanation could be that for whatever reason, you had higher water content during the weekend, which made you look slightly puffier and less defined. If this is the case, it's nothing to worry about, and not something worth "fighting". Drink water when you're thirsty (don't dehydrate yourself, ever), don't believe the "water weight" crap. Your water content will fluctuate throughout the day.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Aug 19, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    You are carbohydrate depleted bro, take in carbs
  • FRE0

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    Aug 19, 2014 7:23 AM GMT
    jo2hotbod saidYou are carbohydrate depleted bro, take in carbs


    Holley, Carter, or Rochester?
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    Aug 19, 2014 9:09 AM GMT
    Mmmmm could the loss of muscle be attributed to loss of inflammation and water retention. i think you still have the base that you gained…. only you lose the above on the weekends…. you're ok
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 19, 2014 1:03 PM GMT
    jo2hotbod saidYou are carbohydrate depleted bro, take in carbs


    Agreed. Check your macros. If your diet has changed, your body could show it.
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    Aug 19, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    I agree with the poster above who said to avoid cardio, given your age and body type. Make sure you are getting plenty of healthy fat and some healthy starch, in addition to the protein I assume you are getting. And like someone else said, don't base your judgements on what you think you look like. Get a tailor's measuring tape and measure your muscles and body weight once a month the morning after a rest day (and keep a log).