Here’s my story.
I did the Precision Nutrition Challenge in 2007. As it happens, I was a finalist in my age category. I went from 193 lbs to 170 lbs, and from 26.2% body fat to 12.3%. Most of my exercise for the 2007 sixteen week challenge was geared towards fat loss, and it was extremely effective. In fact, I actually put on 8 lbs of muscle during the challenge, as well as running 500 miles.
It was a great ride, but having finished at a lean 170 I was looking for more mass out of my lifting program in 2008. I went on “The New Rules of LIfting” program for Beginners (I’m not completely a beginner but I figured starting at the bottom wasn’t a bad strategy and I’d never done a program as deliberate and focused as TNRoL before). I also ate a lot more calories in an attempt to grow. I think I put on somewhere in the vicinity of ten pounds of muscle during 2008.
Unfortunately I also seem to be one of those people who put on fat alongside the muscle in about a 2:1 ratio. I ate probably 75%-80% compliant with the Precision Nutrition rules, so it’s time to tighten things up a bit. I’d like to see the present I spent all last year giving myself, so I’m going on the Velocity Diet as of today and will document everything here in this thread.
I ordered my supplements last week and FedEx says it’ll all arrive Wednesday. In the meantime I have enough stuff left over from previously that I can get through until then. I’m digesting meal 4 right now, did my NEPA and weights today, and am feeling pleasantly sore at the moment - that muscle-awareness you get when you hit the gym hard.
I also took my “before” photos and am just disgusted with the way my back looks. Since I never see myself from that angle I was astonished. But day 1 is 80% complete, I’m hungry, but I am pretty confident I can see this through.