This video is for those that don’t want to work out at the gym but are looking for bigger chests and upper body strength. As a transman, I know working out can be of importance to some, so I plan to do videos that give people options that are on a tight budget!
OK SO I hang out on several sites (including Tumblr) where there’s a lot of FtM’s/transfolk. Especially in this poopy economy, we’re all short on cash right now. It BREAKS MY DARN HEART to see transfolk suffer mental breakdowns just because they can’t afford binders, packers, T, or whatever else they need to feel more at home in their bodies. I’ve been there, it’s awful, and I don’t want you to be there. So I’ve compiled links and a few other things to help you guys, PLEASE spread this around to anyone who you think would benefit from it, on or off of Tumblr.
March is upon us — the first quarter of the year is over. Now is a good time to assess the goals I set for myself for this year. One of my personal goals was to start budgeting for top surgery. The reason I’m approaching a budget right now is because I’ve made the decision that I want top surgery, I’ve understood for a while that I’m going to have to pay for it myself, I’ve ascertained a reasonable time frame to save up the funds, and I recently acquired a job that gives me confidence in my ability to have steady income until I have the funds I need.
These things aren’t pre-requisites for saving up for surgery & guys come upon the funds for surgery in different ways. I know some guys who have their families pay for it. I know guys who have had fundraising events or use fundraising tools online — and these are great ideas. And, needless to say, a lot of guys don’t want surgery or don’t have the ability to obtain it. But, given my circumstances, I know I want it and I know I’m going to pay the majority myself.
I just wrote up a rough surgery budget for myself. Spending as much time as I do thinking about variables (I’m a computer programmer), I realized that the steps I took could be generalized into a sort-of budgeting formula for surgery (or for anything, really). So, I want to step through my thought process & I hope it helps other guys budget more effectively for what they need.
First, we need to define some variables.
We have this term in social work — self care. As a social work student, it means stepping away from the things we encounter in textbooks and field, leaving work at work, and taking the time to just enjoy life for awhile. As a transguy, it’s meant separating myself from messages of transphobia, ending the cyclical process of internalizing that transphobia, and finding ways to forget about my gendered body or positive ways to reinforce it.
I felt self-care was a particularly important topic to cover given how much anxiety and depression some of us feel around our identity, bodies, transition, etc. We have a lot to deal with and we don’t always give ourselves the room or the time to talk about our emotions or through them in self-positive ways.
Before getting into further discussion about these difficult emotions, I wanted to post a list of positive outlets and low-cost / free / easy ways to practice self-care in our daily lives. This is by no means an exhaustive list as everyone has their own way of doing things. And maybe some of this is obvious, but personally, I know I can use a little reminder every now and then to slow down and take care of myself.
If you’re seeking or using testosterone, there may come a time when you consider taking injectable T or an alternative, such as Androgel. Myself, I’ve switched between the two, and I realized that my choice hinged on a series of pros and cons between them. They are different in many ways and the considerations you have to make can lead you to making the best choice for yourself. Following are short descriptions on differences between Androgel and injectable T on some common topics:
Consistency of T Levels & Rate of Changes
Consistency of Application
Application of T & Needle-Phobia
At the end of each section there are guiding questions to ask yourself when considering Androgel or injectable testosterone.