A healthy lifestyle is a shared passion that’s grown stronger over the years for Dave, 55 and me,Darlene, 58. Four years ago, we moved from professional careers in the Twin Cities to a more laid-back lifestyle in an active community in Wisconsin’s northwoods.
Competitive biking, skiing and trail running are the feel-good drugs of choice here, and we’ve seen firsthand how repetitive stress can wear a body down. Dave’s been an RKC-FMS certified trainer for the past three years, (recent HKC for me) and our kettlebell training studio is growing quickly as we switch focus to strength-based fitness rather than simply sports and cardio.
We’re held up as role models, and we take that seriously. We just began a month-long daily lifting routine in the studio, so we decided to take advantage of that to lose those few pounds of fat that seem to settle in our middles. We started the V-Diet October 4, with Dave at 5’10", 187 lb and Darlene at 5’3", 122 lb.
So we’re on Day 7, and doing well, making small adjustments as we go. Both of us felt a bit “off” on Days 1 and 2, but nothing too distressing. Given that I am a few pounds under the suggested minimum weight and post-menopausal (slower metabolism than in my 40’s, for sure, despite more exercise) I’ve made minor adjustments to quantity, using a scoop less protein at one or two meals a day, but getting all meals and supplements in.
My ideal weight is around 115, and after a week, I’m about two pounds down, Dave’s down four. Hunger is definitely not an issue - I struggle to get everything down, even though the shakes are (relatively) tasty. So far, we’re enjoying the plan - and glad we’re doing it together.