Finally, the life of a steroid-user is not as glamorous as it seems. Steroids are expensive and illegal. They can do jail time if caught, and there are a lot of ancillary drugs and supplements that must also be taken to minimize the damage to their organs or to keep certain hormones in normal ranges (ex: Nolvadex). Their bloodwork (hematocrit, cholesterol profile, etc.) and blood pressure is often atrocious. They battle with sleep apnea and fluctuating moods and sex-drives, and many have trouble performing simple daily task such as wiping their butts or washing their backs. Last, their caloric intake is much higher (and expensive), and it becomes a chore to meet calorie and protein requirements day in and day out. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
I will be doing one more tested meet in January and then I am considering TRT which will disqualify me from competing natural. I am also 43 and honestly, at a point where I just may give up power-lifting all together, or go with testosterone. We will see…. I need to do more research, which is why I love your blog so much. You have been quiet lately. Um… I personally think anyone who has the audacity to call themselves Alpha-Destiny is a tool regardless of what they do. Also, for the record, I think he looks like shit. Steroids or not, I train with some of the worlds best (and a lot use, a lot don’t. Most of them are pretty honest about it.) and if this guy came into our gym with that name, he would most likely be laughed out of the place. Alpha-Destiny… I would kick my own ass if I went with that name. Sit down little fella… the grown-ups are talking.
This is an old thread but it looks like people have been adding posts and replies for the past few years. I’ve got ADD and have been taking Vyvanse for several years. It works OK. The biggest benefit is hyperfocus, but that comes with some drawbacks when you need to keep moving. I still have trouble with everyday executive function and bigger-picture organizing and planning. Before Vyvanse I kind of floated around in a daze for most of my life. I was diagnosed as an adult, and before that I succeeded on brain power alone, which got harder as life got more complicated in and after college. Recently I found an in-depth, reputable Asperger’s test online after I read a blog about the symptoms of the condition. The description of Asperger’s matched my cognitive experience in much more detail than the typical ADD symptom set. My score on the test was a fair amount above the dividing line between neurotypical and Asperger’s. I’m not sure what that means for potential changes to my treatment, but the conversation here is helpful. Concerning modafinil, I took it for a month or so several years ago–before I got my doctor to prescribe Vyvanse. I noticed no significant effect from modafinil. I also tried Stattera at one point. That had no impact at all either. Maybe the key is putting them together, like you suggest. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m going to seriously consider giving it a shot.