Well unfortunately my cold hasn’t gotten better like I planned on. My throat has gotten more sore and I’ve developed a cough. I’ve decided to put the V-Diet on hold because I can’t go through with the workout in this condition and there is no point in following the diet without doing the workout.
I am considering starting again next weekend (I like the symmetry of starting on a Sun) after I’ve kicked this cold.
But I’m also considering doing a V-Diet light type of program for a while instead. After evaluating what I’ve learned about myself this past week I don’t think I’m at a point in my life where I could sustain a great enough diet to sustain the body fat percentage I was hoping to reach on the V-Diet. Hopefully I can find a happy medium lifestyle that will suit me physically and also mentally – What I mean by that is that after the V-Diet it would be just dumb to do something like eat a cheese stake and have a tall glass of milk BUT I think a craving to due such a thing would always haunt me and I just don’t want that kind of mental anguish. So if I follow the V-Diet workout plan for a while and cook myself healthy meals and supplement where I might have had junk food with healthy shakes instead, I feel I can arrive at a good point in my life where I can be comfortable with giving in to a cheese stake craving and not feel like I’m killing the progress I’ve made.
In other words, post-V-Diet I would feel compelled to keep a super healthy life style – but that would cause me mental anguish b/c I have cravings to live in the moment and eat shitty foods and binge drink. So I would either be less mentally happy or just fall of the wagon and basically the V-diet would have been for naught. But if I can strike a healthy balance by doing the V-Diet light then I wouldn’t feel so bad about eating crap once in a while b/c I know that I’ve overall improved my eating habits and I also know that I’m not throwing away all the progress I made while on the V-Diet (b/c I wouldn’t have actually done it, get it?)
That might all sound a little confusing and someone is probably going to point out to me that this is all a self-justification to quit. But let me remind you that the only reason I am stopping now is b/c of this cold. And this stopping after only a week has given me a unique prospective on my overall lifestyle and I know that positive overall change is going to result (weather or not I decide to complete the V-Diet after I get over this cold).
Basically, I’m going to apply the healthy lessons I’ve learned from this experience – sticking to prescribed rest times during workouts, not drinking milk anymore (I used to have milk with every breakfast and dinner), having healthy protein shakes make with water instead of other mixers (I used to use OJ a lot), doing a v-burn challenge or other such circuit workouts every weekend (instead of being completely inactive on the weekends), and daily NEPA – and apply them to my previous lifestyle. So I know that the result is that I’m going to be healthier and in better shape.
So sum up, I’m happy that I did my mini version of the V-Diet and I have no regrets in this moment. And hopefully 5 weeks from now when I would have finished the diet if I had no stopped today, I will feel the same way. And hopefully 1 year from now I will still feel the same way!
And I’m still young, so I can always change my mind, buckle down, and do the full V-Diet. Until then, cheers!