My quest to become she-hulk so far!
I have wanted a muscular physique for a long time, but have hesitated to actually set that goal for myself. Not because it would be an atypical goal for a woman in the eyes of general society, but because I knew how much effort I would have to put into it. If I decided that that was something that I wanted to truly strive for I would not be able to half-ass it. The thought was daunting.
Eventually one fateful morning I woke up and decided it would be great to do it and make a video series to document it. It would help keep me accountable and consistent. It would be a great way to document my journey and track my progress.I also hoped that this series would show how much serious, determined and planned effort it takes to put on a large amount of muscle as a female who isn’t supplementing with hormones. And that women do not have to be afraid of getting bulky if they lift more than a 10 pound weight. The series will hopefully also serve as a bit of a road map or guide for the ladies who do want to build a muscular physique, but also prepare them for the difficult journey ahead and help them set reasonable expectations for their progress. The hope is that eventually this series will also help motivate those people.
Just as I finished that thought another thought popped into my head. Such a series had to have been done before. There is no way that I’m the only woman in the world who has a background in the fitness industry, wants a muscular physique and is a big enough nerd that they would want to name a series about that something along the lines of “My Quest To Become She-Hulk.” I will admit that that thought put a dent in my high spirits. Despite that though I was still excited about the idea so I spent most of that day searching for that existing series and running the idea past anyone who would listen.
Much to my surprise I couldn’t find anything that really fit the bill by the end of the day and the overwhelming majority of people who I ran the idea past were supportive and interested. That was that, I decided I should jump into the idea with both feet. I wrote up the exercise program I would follow, decided on a calorie goal and committed to making the weekly series.
The series is now almost three months old and everything is in full swing. There have been, as there always are, a few small bumps along the road but all things considered the series so far has been a success.
Highlights from the journey so far:
During the first few days eating enough food to reach my calorie goal every day proved to be a little bit more difficult than I had expected. I had to make a conscious effort to eat because I always felt full. Oh, and the bloating. There was some serious bloating going on. I had some stomach pain as well. Turns out that I should have maybe ramped up my calories during the first week. Hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it? The only days that I didn’t have much trouble eating enough calories were the days that I ate out since a meal at a restaurant can easily knock out 1,000 calories or more.
Getting stronger always has been and always will be something that is incredibly rewarding and exciting to me! Every single one of my lifts has gone up since I started bulking. Well, my pull up count is still stuck at 2 but it has stayed at 2 even though I am gaining weight so I am going to count that as that lift getting stronger!
Something I didn’t think about at the time was gaining weight = no longer fitting into my current wardrobe. I have had to do a lot more clothes shopping than someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy it would have liked in the past few months. I’m sure I will have to do more shopping in the future.
One day I accidently kicked the subwoofer underneath my desk so hard that I had bruising all around my pinky toe and walking ranged from uncomfortable to painful for almost a week. Don’t worry I didn’t break anything! This lead to one workout getting skipped altogether and the next two being only upper body workouts that had me laying on a bench with my foot in the air to keep it from swelling. Also there was no one else in the gym when I was working out so no one saw me looking a little silly. Not that people in the gym would have kept me from doing it anyway.
You can watch the series over on my YouTube channel. Here is the first episode to get you started!