Have you ever had a Starbuck’s Oatmeal Fudge bar? They have this chewiness from the oatmeal that perfectly balances the creamy smoothness of the chocolate fudge. You can squish the fudge against the roof of your mouth, and there’s nothing but chocolate in the world. Swish that around in there with a double-shot cappuccino, and you get a rush you can physically feel. I have had a few of these. Or more accurately, a few too many.
And so, I find myself on day one of the Velocity Diet, which I probably could have paid for entirely from the money I spent on Starbuck’s Oatmeal Fudge Bars. Why now? Well, chocolaty goodness notwithstanding, two years ago I was at my lowest weight in over 25 years. Eight months of hard work had gotten me down from 210 lbs to almost 185 lbs, with a drop in body fat percentage of nearly 10%.
That was measured by myself with Fat Track II calipers, mind you, so I won’t commit to real numbers, but it is good for trend data. I have always felt that regardless of the numerical accuracy of the measure, if it’s going down, that’s a good thing.
Most importantly though, I felt great. I felt lean. And as most do, I swore up and down that I was done with the old lifestyle; that people should just shoot me if I ever let myself get that way again. Standing now in front of the firing squad, I reflect that sure, if there are excuses for letting oneself go, I had them.
My beautiful wife and I entered a very dark two-year-long period of our relationship that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, and it seemed like life – and my health – had just gotten away from me.
Still, everything ends at some point, our only choice is whether we let it end badly or make it end well. And so after watching this diet for over 2 years, it just seemed like the right time. My sensei has been asking me for over a year now if I am committed to testing for my Sandan rank, and I say hella yeah, I am ready!
But then I look sheepishly down at my black belt and notice that the Kanji that spell my name are slowly disappearing into the knot. I know that mentally I have been ready for a long time, but physically, I ain’t anywhere near it.
Things like that can be irrelevant if we just find the power to make them that way, and so today is day number one. I was pleasantly surprised at the first shake. I admit having used generic insert-store-name-here whey powder for a long time; I didn’t know what I was missing with the good stuff from Biotest. It’s tasty!
For what it’s worth, I measured BF% at 26, but as above I am not hung up on the specific number, just the delta over time. My method is to measure 5 times, throw out the high and the low and average the remaining three.
Really looking forward to the workout today …