I’ve been on the V-Diet for two days. So far, it’s proving quite interesting.
First, a little bit about my background and motivations:
I’m an amateur wrestler by training. I worked my way up from 167/160 when I started, through 174/184/197 by the time I was done. Then I graduated, and tried to run and weight train on my own, but with no real pressure to keep an eye on my diet or my weight.
I moved on and did Gracie jiu-jitsu and submission grappling for a while, and competed a fair bit - where I once weighed in for a tournament at 265, for the ‘super-super-heavyweight’ class. (Yes, that’s really what it’s called, though what they really mean is ‘Unlimited’. Now I’m into Muay Thai (thai boxing), and it’s just not safe for me to compete against people that size anymore - they’re going to punch me in the head way too hard. =)
Next, a few comments about my training program:
I’m not a really big fan of weight training at all. I just don’t find it very fulfilling. I much prefer combat sports (things like wrestling/jiu-jitsu/Muay Thai, obviously . When I’m not doing those, I do things that involve competing directly against nature (canoeing, rafting, rock climbing) or much more enjoyably competing against other people (Ultimate Frisbee).
So I’ve elected to attend our (fairly rigorous) Muay Thai workouts 3x a week for my exercise, rather than the V-Diet Training Program. (I usually only make it once or twice per week, so this is an important step up for me. =)
I do still intend to do the V-Burn challenge, though, if only because those calisthenics are so similar to the warm-up exercises we do for Muay Thai that I couldn’t possibly come up with anything to rationalize my way out of them.
I have three primary goals for this diet:
I want to train myself to eat 5 small meals per day. (I feel that once I make that a permanent habit, I will have a much easier time keeping excess weight off in the future.)
I want to lose a decent amount of weight. (Obviously, this is a great opportunity for a nice kick-start on my path back down to the heavyweight division.)
I want to reduce my waist size. (My neck, shoulders, biceps, triceps and legs are all wonderfully muscular, but my waist is very large due to the cavernous stomach that enabled me to get up to my current weight of 245. It would be nice if that went away. =)
So now, my first impressions on the diet:
Drinking all those shakes every three or four hours really has, so far, kept me from having any of those ferocious hunger pangs I was expecting. (One of my friends who did this diet told me that it gets much worse towards the end of the first week, but I hope he was joking…
I’ve started to learn to mix the shakes the way I like them (with a little less water, so they’re thicker), and combine the flavors to make much yummier options than just chocolate/vanilla/banana.
I’m going to be traveling a lot on the weekends, and consequently I may find myself having more than one healthy solid meal (for example, this weekend I’ll probably have one on Friday with my aunt and uncle, one on Saturday at a friend’s wedding, then on Sunday back home for a full day of shakes). I feel a little bad, but I’m not overly upset about this - I’m pretty confident in my ability to pick healthy things, and I’ve already got some of those meals for the second half of October planned out with my friends and family.
And last but certainly not least, I think it’s time to post those vital statistics:
(I’ve only bothered to measure the ones I care about…
244.0 lb. [2009-10-04] (avg. from 2 weighings)
Waist (at navel):
Waist (at largest):
43.75" [2009-10-05] (the navel line is the largest part of my waist! )
Hips (at largest):
I can’t wait to post the revised numbers next week! =)
If I get around to it, maybe I’ll take a set of ‘before’ pictures and post them tomorrow.
Still, I feel that this is a good start!
-B. From The E.