Ok so I’ve been very absent despite my initial enthusiasm on posting all the time.
Today is day 15, feeling pretty sluggish so I thought writing this might give me some motivation. In general this has been the easiest of the 4 VDiets I’ve done and so far it’s been pretty successful. The single meal a day was daunting at first but it has gone pretty well really (I might try the no HSM at some point for a day to see). I was doing some pretty strenuous work for most of the first 2 weeks, moving a law office buildings files, but that is done and now I’m mostly in an sit down office setting. Workouts have been good but my hip has really bothered me to a point where I’ve not been doing much daily NEPA walking. I’m worried that my progress will be effected so I’m going to try to find some alternative. I wanted to lose weight in part because I have some arthritis issues in one hip (have it in both but no symptoms in the left) but the pain following a day of standing and work coupled with the workouts was too much and the pain made it hard to sleep. I’m going to add some incidental weight training and as much NEPA as I can handle pain free and just do more pre-hab and stretching to balance things out now that I have more time.
Down an inch in many places, not going to put up the individual measurements until the end, and down 12 pounds as of my day 14 weigh in (250 to 238). Feeling good in the gym, still finding out what my actual max is on some exercise but for the most part the program is working well. I’m limited on some things so my lower body movements have just been lunges and single leg dead lifts as lower body bilateral stuff is uncomfortable.
In general, I have the same slightly bloated feeling and sugary taste in my mouth I’ve always gotten, but it’s going quite smoothly. I have another window in July to do another round and with the shipping changes (to Canada) being improved I just might. I would really like to get under 220 by September when work goes to 70 hours a week.
The big worry is that this 4 week cycle ends with a work trip to Texas where I’ll have to do my best to stick to the transition phase. Good news is the hotel will a decent gym and I can take my protein with me.
I think the things I’ve learned that are most valuable is that when eating clean I’m still taking too big portions, not eating as many vegetables as I should and adding in too many extra calories that aren’t needed. In general I need to eat smaller portion/smaller high calorie parts of a meal and more of the lower calorie vegetable options along with eating slower. I also need to eat more protein. I feel like I’m stronger and building more muscle with the consistent workouts combined with the increased protein. Will have to carve out the small amount of time needed to lift during the busy season and to continue to get in more protein and vegetables.