I’ve followed this website since T-Nation’s beginnings. I formerly followed TC back in the Muscle Media 2000 and EAS days, and used to love all the cutting edge info on supplements and training. (Shoot, I was even a competitor in Muscle Media’s first physique challenge where Bill was giving away his Lamborghini to the winner.)
I was disappointed when Bill Phillips went in a “different direction,” but was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled onto this website almost 8 years ago and found that TC was still at it. The information on supplements, nutrition, and training available on here far surpasses the relevant information provided anywhere else.
About 5 years ago I retired from pro football (arena football), and kind of “lost my way” in the training and nutrition department (as evidenced by my before pictures). I would pick up for a few months only to stop again. In February of 2008 I tore my left Achilles while playing basketball. As opposed to taking the injury as a hint that I’m getting older and need to take my physical condition more seriously, I “fell off the wagon” and began eating and drinking just about anything in sight. Worse yet, I used my injury as a reason not to do anything active. I know, pathetic…
I followed last years physique challenge on here and was blown away by Gus and Bartl’s results. They both seemed a bit like myself, especially Bartl (minus the drugs). I submitted an application to be a part of the next physique challenge only to eventually find out that the project was scrapped for some reason (largely in part to novagreg, I suspect).
Anyway, after having saved up some money, I finally decided to stop making excuses and jump into the V-Diet. Today marks the beginning of my second week. So far, so good. The shakes aren’t bad and the training routine has been fun. I’ve always been a body-part, split routine type of guy, so the training is taking some “getting used to.” I’ll be back later today to post pictures, weight, and measurements.
By the way, I’ve always been a skeptic. Reading about how this diet can change your cravings and your taste for good food always seemed a bit far-fetched to me, but after last night’s HSM, I’m blown away. I haven’t enjoyed a meal like that for a loonnnnggggg time. Everything tasted so awesome. I’ll post those pictures too. (Or I’ll have my more tech-savvy wife post them. ha)
I’m looking forward to the next 5 weeks and beyond. Thanks again to all who post encouragement, and of course to Shugart, Waterbury, and the entire T-Nation crew for all the great information and support they provide on this website.