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Nut's V-Diet Log (Started 6 April 2009)

Down and dirty. Started today (April 6th 2009); here are the stats:

Height: 74 in.
Weight: 219.4 lb.
Body Fat: 20.76 % (Accuracy in question - probably several points higher)
BMI: 28.2

Neck: 16.25 in.
Shoulders: 47.56 in.
Chest (Upper): 43.25 in.
Chest (Lower): 43.75 in.
Waste (Navel): 38.00 in.
Waste (Widest): 41.00 in.
Hips: 41.00 in.
Upper Arm (L/R): 14.50 in.
Upper Leg (L/R): 24.38 in. / 24.13 in.
Lower Leg (L/R): 15.25 in.
Ankle (L/R) 9.75 in.

I’ve been impressed with the results others have had with the V-Diet, but I’m not sure what to expect. At my lightest I weighed about 179 lb. (~3 years ago). I’ve set my goal weight at 200 lb. Hopefully I can reach that weight by the end of the program and use it as momentum to really up my workout game. So here goes. Pictures to follow.

So I took these pictures of myself but somehow some fat dude ended up in the camera? I can’t believe I’ve been walking around looking like this…

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That sucked.

Welcome dude!

It might suck at first, but it takes some balls to post yourself on a public forum. You have already won half the battle.

You’ll be very surprised at how much you’ll lose. 20lbs is more than reasonable, but dont worry if you lose more. :wink:

We’re in this together,
Matt

Thanks bro and good luck to you. I’ll be following your progress.

Just finished the first workout of the Intermediate Program (4-5 reps for a total of 20, 30 sec rest periods):

Front Squats (185 lb.): 5, 5, 5, 4, 1
Lat Pull Downs (90 lb.): 5, 5, 4, 3, 3
Dumbbell Bench (60 lb.): 5, 5, 3, 3, 2, 2
Ab-wheel Rollout: 5, 5, 5, 5

I have to admit I’m way weaker than I thought I’d be.

And I gotta say it: are you kidding me with this Surge recovery drink? I’m trying to choke it down now and I’m struggling not to gag (that’s what she said). Reminds me of peppermint Malox mixed with coconut milk. Stay away from the “original” flavor. I haven’t had the other flavor but it’s hard to imagine it being as repulsive as this.

On the up side the shakes weren’t bad and I’m not hungry at all. I’m actually having the opposite problem; it’s time to have another one but I’m too full. Protein overload. Hoping I’ll get used to them in a few days.

Have you worked out much before? 185lb front squats are pretty good. You will find you can add even more weight once you shed some fat, since you arent lifting “that extra weight” up anymore.

LOL @ “thats what she said”. I was going to bust that out several times so far, but have refrained. So now I am going to live vicariously through you.

I actually love the recovery and despise the regular shakes. I got chocolate, but I always wondered what “original” taste like. How is that a descriptive flavor to begin with? Its like, “Im happy, Im sad, Im excited, Im…original.”

Its good you arent hungry, just make sure you still hammer them back every 3 hours. I felt the same way day 1-3, but now im starting to get hungry closer to each feed.

/matt

I just replied to your thread but ya I used to lift pretty regularly but that was several years ago. Recently I haven’t cared to work out much at all and it really piled on quick.

But ya you’re right yesterday I didn’t space the shakes out well and it makes a big difference. I’m going to try and make sure I stick to the 3 hour rule.

Wed Workout (Day 3)

40 reps, 8-9 per set, 45 sec rest

Lunges: 50’s 10, 10, 10, 10
Rows: 115 lb. 9, 9, 9, 8, 5
Press: 45’s 8, 8, 8, 8, 5, 3
Curls: 25’s 8, 8, 8, 8, 6, 2
Crunches: 9, 9, 9, 9, 4

Not a bad workout today either. I was SORE today when I started but the workout loosened my muscles up a little bit. I have to go do my NEPA walk now since I forgot it today.

One last thing I’m already looking forward to/planning for my HSM meal on Saturday. I think I’m going to grill up a tuna steak, steam some asparagus, and I found a recipe for baked sweet potato fries I want to try. It’s soooo close haha. It’s only been three days but I’m already missing food. Having one solid meal a week to look forward to seems pretty key. Lets you break the month down into more manageable weeks.

P.S. NOT a fan of the Surge lol I’ll trade you favors if you’re really curious what the original is like!

Hey nut…congrats on making the decision to take the plunge…it will be over before ya know it!

I’m interested in the your sweet potato fries recipe…I’m going to brunch with some friends this Sunday for my HSM and plan on having a chicken omelet, but they don’t have any real carbs that I can eat there so I was thinking about bringing my own…either brown rice in a cup OR SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!..so out with it! haha

Absolutely.

Keep in mind it’s for 4-6 people and I plan on using a smaller amount of extra virgin olive oil. They say it’s easier to burn them because of the low smoking point of the extra virgin (I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere) but I think I can make it work.

Here’s the recipe:

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

serves 4-6

1 - 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).
Peal the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.
Place the sweet potatoes into a sealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries.
Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

Taken from http://sarahscucinabella.com/2008/01/22/oven-baked-sweet-potato-fries/

Or just google “sweet potato fries”- it’s the top link. Gets rave reviews from everyone and it looks simple enough.

What do you think?

ummmm…i THINK that sounds like the most delicious item known to man and will quite likely become a staple in my transition and beyond meals…I may leave the skin of the potato on though cause I like regular fries like that…not sure if this will be the same though, but I’m willing to give it a shot…

I’ll try making up a batch of these bad boys Saturday night and I’ll let ya know how they are…

Keep up the good work and awesome intensity on your workouts!

-Nate

It is one of the most delicious things ever, I’ve had it

Ya man I’m fully stoked about making them tomorrow now. Let me know how they turn out for you. I’ll do the same. If you get lucky I’ll post some food porn for you when I make my HSM tomorrow. I’m planning on going all 40 Year Old Virgin on it and making it a day long activity–that’s how excited I am. I spent a good hour watching YouTube Ahi tuna recipes before my workout today haha. It’s going to be orgasmic.

On that note, here’s my workout log for the day. This one was tough; I’m struggling to type this right now so I’m pretty tired. I almost booted on the way home haha. The walkouts are a bitch.

8-9 reps, 40 total, 45 sec. rests

Dead Lift: 205 lb. 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4
Decline Bench: 50’s 8, 8, 8, 6, 5, 5
Lat Pull Downs: 60 lb. 8, 8, 8, 8, 8
Walkouts: Not sure because I think I blacked out (hah) but I think it went like this 9, 8, 6, 5, 4 , 4, 4

Rough! (Just how you’re mother likes it, Trebeck). Thanks for hanging in there through the obscure movie and TV references. I’m going to go throw up now.

hahahah i know what you you’re saying about the 40y/o virgin…I spent all day making my first one and posted the pictures afterward…food pr0n is great…make sure to post some pics!

Looks like your workouts are going well…you are getting your reps in at good weights…keep up the awesome work…

and suck it Trebek…

Hah thanks dude. I’ve got my first V-Challenge tomorrow and it looks like a pretty good time. I’ll post my time when I finish it. I wanted to do it today but I needed to let my body rest after yesterday.

I just got done with my first HSM and I’m really full. I didn’t finish any of it. Like not even close. And ya I took some pictures. It’s funny food porn is like regular porn: it only looks good to people who aren’t getting it every day. Ya I crack myself up. Check out the pictures. How’s that for a slice of (non)fried gold?

I couldn’t find tuna anywhere so I went with a lean cut of steak. I made a healthy caesar salad dressing and those sweet potato fries with a little dab of mustard weren’t too bad either. I made an avocado-based puree and prepared a nice marinade/sauce for the steak which I dusted with sesame seeds.

I also grilled a portobello mushroom that I cut up and placed around the sides along with the boiled asparagus. I really did spend all day on it between shopping and prep time. It was an interesting exercise and I feel like I showed myself you can do alot with healthy ingredients if you put a little effort into it.

It seems really decadent but looking back at the ingredients it’s actually really healthy. Everything I used was vegetables except for a little extra virgin olive oil and the steak. The rest was no cal spices. Pretty cool. Oh and the “presentation” was just for kicks haha. Tell me what you think.

By the way, tasted INCREDIBLE. I savored every bite and it made it very enjoyable.

Oh and that drink is a no-cal, no sugar, no nothing iced tea mix. Just so you know I didn’t cheat.

I just blew my load…

Nice work, it looks so delicious.

[quote]laujik wrote:
I just blew my load…

Nice work, it looks so delicious. [/quote]

I second that…did you eat that meal, or fuck it? I would have to have flipped a coin to decide…

Awesome work man…I gotta step up my HSM game, for real!

I made those sweet potato fries for my HSM tomorrow, btw…i sampled a couple of them tonight and they were so-so…not sure if I used too much potato (I think i got at least 2 lbs) or didn’t cook them long enough or what…

they were a little bland and soggy…Im going to put them back in the stove for 10-15 more minutes tomorrow to try making them a little crispier and maybe sprinkle just a bit more cinnamon on them…What did you think of them?

Hah thanks it was pretty good. It was funny today I was struggling because the smell from cooking all day yesterday lingered and made me want to eat something. Made it through okay though.

I liked how the sweet potato fries turned out (crispy on the outside and soft on the inside) but I didn’t eat very many. I think I used too much cinnamon and I let them cool down before I ate them. They were still good though. Even though I don’t think it really affected the taste that much the extra virgin olive oil definitely blackened the fries a bit and made them look less appetizing. Set off my smoke alarm too. I have some uncooked sweet potato strips left over and I think I’ll give it another go next week. This time I’m going to try and find some healthy oil with a higher smoke point and maybe leave out (or use much less) cinnamon. Need to eat them straight away after they get out of the oven too. Should go well with some surf n turf (oh yeah I’m planning it already).

I think the key to cooking them right is the high oven heat (425) and I flipped mine every 5 minutes individually with tongs. If you didn’t do that give it a try next time; makes a world of difference I’d think.

Also I did the V-Burn Challenge today. I had zero energy but I had to knock it out so I struggled through it. 41.44 so it kicked my ass. No surprise there. This first week’s been a real wake-up call. Looking forward to knockin it out of the park next week.

First week’s updated progress stats and pictures tomorrow morning. We’ll see how the first week went.