After spending 6 months abroad and 2.5 months in New York on an internship, I allowed myself to get the fattest I had ever been. At one point, I was less than a pound away from 200, and at 5’7", that was not good. Last March, I decided to do the V-Diet with great results: I lost 15-20 lbs and several inches around my waist, but more importantly, I reset my palette and began to enjoy/appreciate healthy foods. I also became considerably more confident in myself and in my body.
Last summer, I battled between continuing with my fat loss goals or focusing on a controlled mass phase to gain strength and size. Since T-Nation is predominately (or was originally intended to be) a forum for bodybuilders, the answer was clear: put on mass. Once again, the results were pretty good. My lifts increased considerably, and I definitely put on some size. At first, my diet was relatively clean, but as the weeks went by, my diet became progressively worse. I was never worried though, since I was working out 6 times a week, my lifts were improving every day, and my waistline wasn’t getting much bigger.
However, school and full-time recruiting kicked in, and with it, my 6x/week workouts stopped. However, my poor eating habits remained. This has resulted in me ballooning back up to where I was last March. Although I’m significantly stronger and have more muscle mass than I did last March, I need to do something about my continued fat gain.
That’s why I’ve decided to take the plunge again. I had great results the first time, and I know I can do it again.
The plan is to start on Monday, January 11th. I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll do the intermediate or advanced program. I like the exercise selection from the advanced program more, but I’m iffy about the overhead squat. However, the intermediate program worked well for me last time, so I may just stick with that one this time around. I’ll make my final decision by next week.
In the meantime, I’m leaving to go snowboarding in Colorado this afternoon and will not be back until the 9th (next Saturday), so I’ll respond to any comments once I’m back. I’ll start the pictures and stats on the 11th (next Monday).