A bit of background, since I was really terse with my first post:
I’ve always been a large guy, and have been fat most of my life. A few years ago, after some surgery and medication, along with some negative events in my life, I really let myself go and hit about 310 lbs.
I said, “screw that!” and started cleaning up my eating. In a year and a half, I got down to 220. Then, my company moved to a new facility that includes a very nice private gym facility with an impressive array of free weights.
I decided to take advantage of it, and not long after, I started a 5x5 lifting program.
That was last June. Now, after months and months of lifting and trying to get my diet dialed in, I’m up to 240. The extra fat doesn’t show in the mirror (too much), but I know it’s there. I’m pretty sure that after months of tweaking, my diet’s where it needed to be, but the months of trying to get it right led to some excess weight, since there’s no way I put on 20 lbs of lean muscle mass in 7 months.
My BF% went up 2% during that time: I started at 18%, but since my weight went up, so did the fat. At 220, that’s 39.6lbs of fat. At 240, I was at 20% BF, which is 48 lbs of fat. And that’s assuming my calipers are accurate. So, I’ve got 8 lbs of fat to lose just from poor dieting during my first 7 months of lifting before I begin to tackle the fat I was carrying around in the first place.
I tend to stay very hydrated (I drank at least 6 liters of fluids (water, shakes) a day prior to starting the V-Diet, so I don’t expect to see tons of initial weight loss due to water weight.
The first day, so far:
I tried Chris’s suggestion of taking the HOT-ROX halfway through my first shake. Seems to help a little (I only took one), but I’m still quite jittery. Hopefully the Z-12 will help me sleep tonight. Since I’m not lifting heavy for the next month, I’m not too worried about its impact on me in the gym, and I’m hoping the sleep reduction I’m going to experience from the HOT-ROX will be offset by the fat loss I’ll see.
To take my mind off things, I went to the garage and tore apart my motorcycle’s cowling, since I’ve been meaning to do some work on my lighting system for a couple of weeks, and a half-day mechanical project seemed like a good way to occupy my brain and hands.
So far, so good. I’m not hungry, and it’s 10 minutes until my next shake, and that’s the one with a serving of flax.
We’ll see how I’m feeling tomorrow, which’ll also be my first workout. I’m looking forward to it, since it’ll be the first complete workout overhaul I’ve had in about 18 weeks. I’m worried that my squat and deadlift are going to suffer, but again, I’m more focused on the fat loss goal right now.
I’ll worry about any strength loss once I’m done. I’m sure I can recoup whatever strength losses I see fairly rapidly, and I was able to end my routine Friday with a full suite of new personal records for reps.