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Here's to Change that Stays


#1

Here is a little run down about myself. I have been overweight and obese my entire life. I even remember shopping for “husky” size clothing as a very young child. I have attempted losing weight with varying success several times and always seem to yo yo back up to or past were I was. Will power and a life long bad habit of using food as a reward have always plagued my attempts to lose weight and get healthy. Over the last few years I have been actively educating myself on proper eating and digging through all the propaganda broadcast to us by the FDA and major food manufacturers. About a month ago my father had a quadruple bypass at the age of 56 and while spending time with him in the hospital I learned a bit about my family history that I didn’t know. Long story short along with my weight my genetics have made me a shoe in for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This knowledge is fueling a new found dedication to eating properly and getting in shape.

Over the last two weeks I have been following the 100 gram cure and doing the V diet lite (two shakes a day). I have been following the beginner workout program in preparation for the diet so I can hit it hard when the diet starts. I have eliminated dairy and almost completely eliminated wheat and sugar over the last few weeks. I have never found it this easy to make a change before and feel that I am ready, prepared, and have the fire to complete the V-Diet.

Well, I’m rambling so I’ll wrap this up. Tomorrow my fiancee and I start the V diet and I’ll post all my stats after taking measurements in the morning.

Here is to a new me


#2

Here is to a new you (raising my water glass)!

Thanks for sharing your motivation. It will help to have your fiancee do the NEPA and workouts with you. I can’t convince my wife to do the shakes, but she accompanies me for the rest. The diet is much easier to stick to than you think.


#3

Good luck! If you really stick to this 100% than your attitude towards food will change for the better. On the V-Diet you learn new ways to reward yourself since food is out of the question.


#4

[quote]GregManzo wrote:
Good luck! If you really stick to this 100% than your attitude towards food will change for the better. On the V-Diet you learn new ways to reward yourself since food is out of the question.[/quote]
I agree with everything GregManzo said:) you can totally rock this:)


#5

@Viking: I raise my glass of water to you too sir. I think having my fiancee doing everything with me will be a huge help, along with this forum and log. Hopefully I can convince her to do a diet log also. I feel pretty prepared going into this mentally and have been incorporating the shakes for a few weeks now. I’m sure it will be tough at times but I feel ready.

@Greg: Honestly, I’m looking at this diet more for the changes to my cravings and relationship to food than for weight loss. Obviously I want to loose weight but what has always derailed me was that relationship with food and my self control. My self control is very strong right now and I feel ready to make a change. For example I haven’t had any alcohol in 2 weeks and last night we celebrated my fiancee’s birthday a few weeks early because of the diet (she wanted cheesecake as that is her usual birthday desert) and I didn’t get any desert. We were at the cheesecake factory for heavens sake! I did have a couple of bites of hers but lets be fair it was the night before starting the V DIET!

@Paula: I have been following your log pretty closely over the last few weeks and you have done a great job. Thank you for the supportive words.

Thanks everyone for saying hello and offering up your support. I look to all of the successful v dieters for inspiration.


#6

Good luck with the diet! The first few days will be tough but stick it out as it does get easier over time. I keep a few mental images to keep me going when I start getting cravings; The little guy in the picture is, as far as I’m concerned, a world champion in everything ever!

And keep blogging - we all help each other here :slight_smile:


#7

Welcome to the V-diet. Give it hell. We’ll be here to cheer you on.


#8

Welcome and best of luck! The best thing for me about the diet is breaking bad habits. Like you, I’ve struggled with poor choices and self control when it comes to food. This was my second time doing the diet and I’m extremely happy with my results. Looking forward to carrying the good habits going forward


#9

Day 1 off without a hitch.

HOT-ROX was def. an experience. I’m not sure I’ll continue using but I’ll give it a few days and see if my body acclimates and chills out a bit. I did miss a Flameout dose but I just added it to another shake. So nothing missed.

Measurements from two weeks ago (pre V-diet)

Height - 69
Weight - 275
Neck - 17"
Shoulders - 52"
Chest - Upper - 48"
Chest - Lower - 50"
Waist - at Navel - 53"
Waist - at largest - same as navel
Hips - at largest - 48.5"
Upper Arm - L - 16"
Upper Arm - R - 16"
Upper Leg - L - 29.5"
Upper Leg - R - 29"
Lower Leg - L - 17"
Lower Leg - R - 17.5"

Measurements from this morning

Height - 69"
Weight - 270.6
Neck - 17"
Shoulders - 51"
Chest - Upper - 49"
Chest - Lower - 48"
Chest - @ moobs - 53"
Waist - at Navel - 53.5
Waist - at largest - same as navel
Hips - at largest - 49"
Upper Arm - L - 16"
Upper Arm - R - 16"
Upper Leg - L - 29.5"
Upper Leg - R - 29.5"
Lower Leg - L - 17.5"
Lower Leg - R - 18"

I posted my previous measurements just to document my two week pre v diet changes. One set of measurements I did by myself and this morning my fiancee have me an assist so this may account for some of the variations.

My workout went pretty well today. Doing the workout before the diet let me hit it pretty hard today without any fear of being overly sore or fatigued.

Workouts:

NEPA - Did an hour of fasted this morning and a little more before the gym while walking the dog.

Weights -

DB squat - 85lbs - 9,9,9,8,5
DB bench press - 45lbs - 9,8,6,6,4,4,3
Bent-Over Row - 35lbs - 8,8,8,7,5,4
Planks - 2 @ 30 sec.


#10

Day 2 just about finished up. Shakes as planned and got the hour NEPA in. I had a little trouble falling asleep last night and ended up sleeping in too late to do my fasted NEPA. Definitely been feeling a little weird and don’t know if its from the HOT-ROX or just my body adjusting to the diet. Not having too many cravings or being bothered too bad by the lack of solid food. Fortunately I’m not around food typically during the day and with my fiancee doing the diet with me I don’t have to worry about that either.

I was/am really hesitant to post pictures because it is so public and there is no turning back. I’ve decided that in order to really take this serious and not fail AGAIN I need to be held accountable in every way possible. So here goes nothing and my nasty flab is out there for everyone to see. Oh! and there is nothing like seeing pictures of yourself with minimal clothes on.


#11

And the back shot


#12

It’s only letting me post one picture at a time. Here is a side shot


#13

I never had a problem with HRX… probably my years of bathing in diet soda… but it affects people differently. Flameout, sometimes I would ‘taste’ later… if you get my drift. I found that taking it before my shake, with a fiber tablet on top, helps out. You might not have any trouble.

Great first day… second day will be easier.


#14

Hahaha, I remember taking HOT-ROX for the first time. It was interesting. I took it immediately prior to a work-out. I hit that work-out like a freight train. I also like using first-person pronouns.

@thevikingscot
Sometimes Flameout likes to “remind” me that it is made from fish.


#15

Day three down except for the bedtime shake to come shortly. I discovered today that I may have been using 1 extra scoop on my 4th shake the last two days. I’m not sure but I’ll be more careful in the future and fortunately it’s only an extra 100 cals per shake. You really got to read the menu, lol. Been having some stomach issues and plan on cutting out the flax for a little bit to see if that settles things down. Things are going great and my fiancee and I are actually feeling really great.

Workout today went well although my grip is getting very fatigued during the Romanian deadlifts. I had to cut my sets short tonight because I was dropping the bar, def. weak. Planning on picking up some straps to use once my grip is gone. That way I’m working on my grip strength and at the same time not limiting my deadlifts which is the whole point of the exercise. We’re not working our forearms here.

Workout:

Romanian deadlifts - 155# - 14,12,6,6,6,6
Lat Pulldown - 90# - 16,12,10,12
DB Shoulder press - 30# - 14,10,5,6,6 (I stopped on this due to pain in my wrist and forearm.
Side planks - 20sec, 25 sec

Should we be doing 4 sets of the planks? The way I read the workout plan is that we should be doing 2.

Powering through to the next day with only a little intestinal discomfort.


#16

Day 4

In the bag. Only did 30 mins of NEPA yesterday do to the weather so I made sure I made it up today. Cut the flax out today but seem to be having some gastrointestinal issues still. I’ll give it a couple more days and see what happens. May start taking some metamucil or something. Only one shake left, some reading of primal blueprint and some zzzzzz…See ya tomorrow.


#17

Yes, HOT-ROX is weird, but I think I have to credit it, with helping me kick my diet soda habit. Flameout, is nasty if you taste it later:( Although I like the fiber tablets, it says right on the bottle that if you take too many it will cause cramping and bloating and stuff, recommended doseage is 3x a day when I cut it down to only 3, it did help, but that does leave two less things to chew:(


#18

Thanks for the advice Paula!

Day 5 just about wrapped up. Everything has been right on track this week without any major issues. Two shakes left today and the NEPA heading out in a little bit. I did find out that my fiancee had a slice of pizza yesterday which sort of bothered me. I realized more importantly though that it strengthened my resolve to be strong enough to finish the diet flawlessly! This diet is a test of my control that has the added benefit of weight loss and increased fitness. It is essential for my long term success that I make no mistakes, excuses or exceptions! Enough ranting.

I’m feeling a bit fatigued after the workout today but felt great during the workout.

Sumo DL - 155# - 9,8,6,6,6,5
Incline DB BP - 40# - 9,7,8,8,8
Lat Pulldown wide - 100# - 9,7,5,5,6,6,2
Plank - 28 sec, 33 sed

V-burn challenge tomorrow and HSM on Sunday night!!! As I’m sure you can imagine I’ve been planning my HSM all week and I am greatly looking forward to it.


#19

I’ve found that Fiber Choice causes GI issues for me.
Stay strong through the diet and you will enjoy the taste craving changes. It takes about 21 days.

Also, this will teach you undoubtedly that YOU are in control of what you eat. Once you have that realization and you’ve broken the addiction to high fat, high carb, high sodium foods once, it becomes easier to break free if you slip again and slipping becomes harder to do.


#20

[quote]Tirith wrote:
I’ve found that Fiber Choice causes GI issues for me.
Stay strong through the diet and you will enjoy the taste craving changes. It takes about 21 days.

Also, this will teach you undoubtedly that YOU are in control of what you eat. Once you have that realization and you’ve broken the addiction to high fat, high carb, high sodium foods once, it becomes easier to break free if you slip again and slipping becomes harder to do.[/quote]

Tirith,

Thanks for the support and that is exactly how I feel. If I lost no weight or inches on this diet but gained complete control over cravings and conquered bad eating habits it would be a win. This diet is the beginning of a very long road for me so gaining the ability to exercise complete control is the most important thing. Telling myself no is something I’ve never really done and we all see where that has gotten me. It’s long been time for some self-control.

Fasted V-burn challenge kicked my but. This is my third time doing the challenge and I’m still surprised by just how difficult it actually is. My time has gotten shorter each time and hopefully I can continue that trend. 21mins this time.

Looking forward to HSM tomorrow. We’ve decided to do a little BBQ at some friends house and grass-fed steak, grilled veggies, salad, shrimp, and possibly sweet potato will all be on the menu. Pumped!!! Such a delicious way to end my first week.

Thanks everyone for helping me through the beginning. Keep on truckin’