Started the V-Diet today. So far, so good.
I was actually doing really well with following PN late last year, and did a short stint on Joel Marion’s Cheat To Lose diet earlier in 2008, but I ran into some issues.
I got injured several times in my martial arts training, hyper-extended my left thumb twice, did the same to that wrist, and later on got a badly sprained ankle and broke my right big toe on the same foot shortly thereafter (still recovering from the toe).
And that wasn’t the worst of it.
A little before I busted my toe, I was diagnosed with varicoceles, which is essentially varicose veins inside the scrotum. Except that, in true Draco tradition, just couldn’t have been the normal varicoceles. No, mine was the uncommon kind, the bilateral variant with the worst part on the right side. The varicoceles hurt, not badly, but enough to distract me and cause much worrying.
At the same time, I was diagnosed with low Testosterone, ve.ry low for my age. That was in March 2008. I kinda lost control after that and got really depressed. I slowed my training down a lot and began eating like crap, again.
To make a long story a little less long, I packed back on all the weight I had lost in 2007, plus a little more. Except now I’m fighting the low T and all the accompanying symptoms.
Well, one way to assist in getting the T back up is to drop the excess body fat that I am sick of carrying around. I figure that to shock myself out of this funk, I need to do something a little crazy, something that’ll shake my life up some, and maybe, just maybe help me get leaner.
Hence, the V-Diet.
I’m following the basic plan, plus throwing in TRIBEX Gold, ZMA, some extra non-Biotest BCAAs I had laying around, and a dedication I haven’t had before.
So, I’ll post here when I have some brilliant flashes of insight, or when something needs to be said.
First thing I wanna say is that I picked up both flax seeds and chia seeds and I’ve been using both today. I can say that the chia seeds add a nice texture to the shakes and since they have a good omega3 to omega6 ratio (3:1), they should fit right in.
Edit: Oh yeah, I forgot to say that beginning weight is 222 lbs. I’ll post my measurements before the weekend.