I failed the v-diet. I lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks, a few more in the first half of this week, but I gave into temptation Wednesday and again on thursday. Combine that with an anticipated HSM on Saturday and a planned quit on next Tuesday and I didn’t see the worth of three extra days of interrupted v-diet. I did learn a tremendous amount.
First, a bit of background about myself. I’m a grad student who works a tremendous amount, but mainly from home. I live in a house with 5 other people, many of whom love to cook. I’m also someone who enjoys his vices - I drink a tremendous amount of coffee, get drunk most weekends, and get stoned multiple times per week.
As to why I failed: Every time I cheated involved me feeling like I wanted to puke. Two of the times came from smoking tobacco. I shared a cigar with a buddy of mine to celebrate, and smoked hookah on a separate occasion. Unfortunately, both of these things aren’t easy on the stomach after extended periods of not eating solid food. The other time was just a rough workout. I’m not totally sure what I could have done to prevent that.
Other things to note: be careful with smoking weed. I would frequently end my evenings by smoking a bit, having my evening shake, then going to bed. It was definitely a nice way to de-stress. The munches also helped make that shake taste amazing.
I think that after the first few days, the hardest thing to do was cope with stress while on the diet. My traditional outlets of eating, getting drunk, and playing sports were all off limits. I would only do the diet at some point when I have a good daily routine going and not to much stress outside of my life.
Anyway, I’m going to continue to work out hard and eat healthy and hopefully the rest of the weight will come off.