What’s up fellow V-Life friends.
Tomorrow I start my third and hopefully final V-Diet. (Yes it’s a Sunday, but I just can’t wait so I’m going a day early)
For some background on me… I’ve always been fat, at least since about grade 3, and got teased but learned to make jokes about it, always being the one that would eat more than anyone else and all that jazz. Well I hated it, and still do. My first “body change” happened about 3 years ago when I had my first summer long manual labour job. I worked in a car weld shop and it was great, lots of moving around ie long slow cardio… not ideal, but at the time helped me drop around 20 lbs. I’m assuming a good half of that was muscle but I digress. The following summer I decided to hit the gym. I did the usual internet research and started a bodypart split routine, and made a few newbie gains but nothing to write home about.
Spun my wheels like that for a year or so, then picked up Chad Waterbury’s Huge in a Hurry (even though I was fat lol) and the rest as they say is history. Started doing total body workouts with compound exercises and discovered T-Nation. Kept looking at the V-Diet and thought it sounded like a gimmick, well after a few more months of no progress (partially because I want to lose fat and gain muscle and didn’t just pick one goal and stick to it). I took the plunge in January of 2010 and did my first round. Dropped about 10 lbs of scale weight, but put on a bit of muscle too, not the drastic epic change I was secretly hoping for but finally some progress. After that I really got serious about my diet. Found Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint around the same time and that really helped.
A few months later in May I did round 2. Same results, nothing insane just some good progress. Since then I’ve been working through Chad Waterbury’s Body of Fire program. Awesome!! I’m down a good 20 lbs in the past 12 weeks on that program, and leaner than I’ve ever been. Again looking at me, you’d think “Oh maybe he lifts some weights now and then, and lifts the fork at the buffet occasionally” well enough of that!!
I know looking back at my V-Diet logs that I didn’t really push myself that hard in the gym and I think that was my problem. So onto my plan for this run…
I’ve officially gone into Lab Rabbit mode on this one. Basically I’ll be following the diet to a T but I’ll be changing the workouts. In Chad’s program there are 2 gym days, and 2 sprint/bodyweight days. I finished the main program but it came with a “bonus phase” of 4 more weeks. My plan was to use those instead and have Surge Recovery after the weight sessions with MAG-10 before and after the sprints. Well everything arrives, and then what do you know the “Pulse Fast” is unveiled. Both Chris and Christian Thibadeau say it’s OK (not ideal) to do the fast with just MAG-10, so I’m doing it. My only uncertainty now is the timing of it all.
I’ll be doing the Pulse on Monday and Thursday each week, HSM on Saturday for a total of 3 weeks.
My first thought was to hit the gym on Monday and Thursday the Pulse day, and then sprint the day after, but the more I’m reading and discussing the Pulse, it seems it might be better to workout the day after to take advantage of the anabolic rebound. If I’m V-Dieting to lose maximum fat, that may not make a difference, but I’m considering swapping sprint and gym days and adding Surge Workout Fuel to the gym days to take advantage of a few extra tactical carbs on rebound day. We’ll see what the experts think.
Ah well they did say the pulse is 98% and I’m just worrying about the 2%. Time to crush it!!