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Plunge into the V-Diet


#1

It has been a long time coming. I have been reading the T-Nation articles since 2003 when a strongman competitor friend of mine got me into lifting. Having read the Velocity Diet article when it came out, and the logs of others, I am finally going to give it a try myself.

I have a story a lot like others on the forum (a while out of the gym, etc.). In my case, I stopped exercising and eating even somewhat decently when I went back to school. About four years ago I decided to change careers and pursue my dream of becoming a physician.

Pre-medicine is apparently not something people accomplish while working full-time, because the required courses were extremely inconvenient in their schedule. I ended up working 2-3 part-time jobs, plus school, plus volunteering. It added up to no time for working out, and lots of cheap and convenient (fast) food.

Now, I am finally going to medical school in the fall (at some point I will celebrate this), and I am in dire need of improving my overall heath. I have a second goal that begins with this program, and that is to get to the point where I can be considered for the Navy’s health profession scholarship program; which was the impetus for forking over the funds for the program.

Tuesday is my first day, and I am already up too late. Is it inappropriate to wish myself good luck? I am both excited and a little terrified. I will post stats tomorrow.


#2

These are Day -6 stats. I would like to have posted Day 1 stats, but my wife took my scale and tape to work with her a week ago and they have yet to make it back… despite repeated reminders. If they don’t make it back in time for the week 2 update, then I will buy new ones.

Height: 6’6"
Weight: 290.6 lbs.
Neck: 17.5"
Chest: 50.5"
Abdomen (largest): 47"
Hips (largest): 50.5"
Right Arm (relaxed): 17.00"
Right Forearm: 13.25"
Right Thigh (relaxed, 6" up from patella): 24.25"
Right Calf (largest): 16.75"
Left Arm (relaxed): 16.75"
Left Forearm: 13.25"
Left Thigh (relaxed, 6" up from patella): 22.5"
Left Calf (largest): 16.625"


#3

I swear I uploaded more than one image.


#4

And the side.


#5

Day 1:

I got up at 5:45… in the morning for my NEPA walk. To borrow a phrase from Bobby Boucher’s mother, mornings are the devil, along with Dick Clark and foozeball. I walked for about 70 minutes or 4.xx miles. My workout was in the evening, and went very well… better than expected, given how tired I was earlier.

Speaking of tired: HOT-ROX really works. I had taken it before, several years ago (may have been the pre-extreme version), but today was the first time I really noticed a difference in my energy level. I took it first thing when I got up, went on my walk (begrudgingly), and about half way through I had way more energy than I should have. The same thing happened in the afternoon.

I was not hungry at all, which seems to be common. In fact, I had to force myself to drink the shakes. I chalk that up to the superiority of Metabolic Drive over other MRP’s or protein powders. As long as I am discussing the supplements: Superfood tastes better than it smells. Flameout, is another story. Yes, it is the least disagreeable of the oil caplets I have taken, but it is not tasteless… for me anyways.

Entirely off topic:

Does anyone remember the Bartl physique clinic? I remain inspired by his transformation.


#6

good start. if you can repeat this performance everyday you are going to have great success. judging by your body type/ lifting experience/etc i think you are going to have a great response to the v-diet. keep it up!


#7

Day 2:

Thanks Greg. I appreciate the encouragement.

I turned my alarm off while still sleeping… or so my wife says. Admittedly, it is more likely than my alarm failing to go off on its own. Needless to say, I did not get to do my fasted NEPA in the morning. I did go for a walk at night, same course as before, after work and school… trying to make up for over-sleeping.

It is only day 2, but I am beginning to wonder if it will get easier to consume all of the, “food.” The bedtime shake takes some work. With any luck my metabolic rate will increase and I will start to feel less full throughout the day. There is also the adaptive and timing component to eating. I will want to eat, regardless of being hungry or not, at certain times just because that is when I usually eat. So far, I have been full all the time, which has completely quenched those habits.

One deviation from the diet today, if you can call it that. I ran out of peanut butter, so I ate 1/4 cup of raw almonds along with my bedtime shake. I enjoyed the chewing, so I might do this again.


#8

Day 3:

Performed my fasted NEPA, despite 4 hours sleep. I ate all of the shakes, so far. I have the bedtime shake to go. My lunch shake was a late though, which pushed back the afternoon and the dinner shakes. Mental note… DO NOT be late on the shakes. It makes them much harder to get down. I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like these things sit in my stomach for a while. This evening, at the end of working out, it felt like I was going to lose my dinner when I was doing planks.

How are the workouts going, you ask? Well, they are okay. I am one weak SOB… I hate that. Weak and panting, sweating like a ‘lady of the night’ in church. My wife is doing the workouts with me, but not the diet, and she is kicking my ass… relatively speaking… pound for pound. I am proud of her, and disappointed in myself all at the same time. I think I’m more proud of her than disappointed in myself, so that’s good.

The V-Burn is coming up… on Sunday. Having done it once in the past, I could easily ralph. I will need a 3-4 hour window to digest beforehand.


#9

You will be surprised how quickly you’ll bounce into shape. Try less liquid in the shakes…I make mine thick so I don’t have a bunch of stuff sloshing around in the stomach. Plus, you can pound them quicker. A lot of people swear by the ice, which is great if it works for you…I could NEVER get the consistency right. They were like cold sludge…maybe i just need to experiment more with the liquid levels. Honesltly, im starting week 2 of the transition and I dont even taste the shakes any more. You really get used to them after a few weeks. cant wait to see some updated numbers bro…good luck!


#10

i agree with the less water. especially with chocolate. i would do 3 scoops in 16oz instead of 24oz. i did not like using ice either. cold water was just fine. in fact, i stop using a blender. even with flax shakes. i just shook em up and chugged em down as fast as i could.

if you want to, split the shake. 1 scoop an hour before the workout and one scoop after. even though you have Surge after the lift, i still found it easy to get Metabolic Drive down.


#11

I took your advice… less water on all of the shakes. They are better that way, and easier to get down… blended or not.

Day 4:

To quote Greg, “shakes on point.”

Since I had only been getting about 4 hours of sleep per night, and I had the option of going in to work a little later… I slept in a bit. A bit too much! I missed my fasted NEPA. I did make the walk up when I got home from work.

My other error of the day: I completely forgot to take the second dose of HRX at work today.

Oh! Third error of the day: ‘discussing’ my wife’s diet with her and her exercise goals.

Tomorrow is my third workout. I am doing the beginner program, so I have sumo deadlifts… which I am not 100% sure I am doing correctly. I am used to regular DL’s. I’ve trained with record holding powerlifters who pulled sumo, but I always felt like I was going to drop it on my feet. That, and at this stage I want to keep things symmetrical. I guess I have to think of them as beginner, sumo, deadlifts. Besides, I am weak and can’t pull anything anyhow.


#12

Clearly I’m not a Dr. (but I’ll have a look at it :slight_smile:

It seems to me you REALLY need to be getting more sleep. 4 hours?
I have noticed in the past my sleep patterns significantly affect my weight (with no other change) and have found myself with no energy at all to work out when missing much sleep on the V-Diet.

Is that really all you can get? Is that working OK for you?

Keep pushing man, I’m pulling for you. You and me started about the same day.

Zorn


#13

Day 5:

So I had my HSM today… actually, I used a friend’s birthday party to be my HSM for the week. We had Indian food, and I think it went well. I had 3 legs and 2 thighs of skinless tandoori chicken (which was stupid good). I tasted (2-3 Tbs.) a couple of other things, like a lentil dish, mushroom marsala, chicken curry, but I mostly ate the tandoori chicken along with cucumbers and tomatoes. I probably also had 1/4 cup of rice.

The problem with my HSM today was that the lunch went on for like 2.5 hours, so instead of replacing one shake it replaced two.

Workout went fine, quickly, but fine. I had to run in just before closing. Fortunately they were having some sort of racquetball tournament that kept them open a little later than normal and the girl at the desk didn’t kick me out promptly at 8:00. I got all of my exercises in though… only problem I would say was that when pulling sumo, I began to ‘feel’ it in my lower back. I have hurt my back before, so I changed to regular DL for my last set and felt great.

V-Burn challenge tomorrow after I work a full day. Should be fun! It will be strange to have no NEPA. Like everyone said, the shakes are getting easier.


#14

That HSM sounds pretty good. My wife had put a sheet from the newspaper on the fridge that had chicken coupons on it… so I had to take it down. Keep up the good work.


#15

Day 6:

Worked today, got all of my shakes in (so far). Felt horrible most of the day… not like I was getting sick, just no energy, a little gross, a little out of it.

Let’s talk about the V-Burn. I suck… it was both fun and humiliating. There was definitely some cheating on my part. I have big time problems with lunges… and the fact that my right thigh is almost 2" larger than my left, owing to me favoring my left (the one I broke years ago). Certain portions of the movement are very difficult. Excuses, excuses. I did as many lunges as I could in the beginning (like 3), then finished with split squats(?). Those are the ones where you do most of the lunge movement with your feet planted, right? Anyway, that is what I did. Other forms of cheating: I couldn’t get all of the push ups, so I ended up finishing sets on my knees. Pike push ups are tough the day after deadlifts and shoulder presses… not that they are easy anyway. Again, excuses.

Total time… a very underwhelming 30:52.

My wife did the workout with me… her total time 18:15.

Epiphany:

My wife was logging her workout in some program that calculates total calories burned… it said she burned 150 calories. I was rather surprised and thought there was no way that could be right… I knew it was way harder than 150 calories worth. Now, I don’t expect this program to be perfect, or even half-way accurate, but adjusting for my time and weight, it said that I burned 480 calories. I was panting and sweating like a dog. That, I believe. It took me a minute to put this all together.

Because of my size, all 290-ish pounds of me, I burned more than three times as many calories as she did! Furthermore, I doubt the fact that I am moving 6’6", as compared to her 5’2", around is taken into account. Who knows. You would think I would have realized this in physics… Work = Force x Distance. Force = Mass x Acceleration. It is directly proportional. I weigh nearly 2.5 times what she does, it will take me 2.5 times as much energy… add in the extra distance with the long levers… etc.

B.S. aside, what does it all mean? No wonder we feel better when we have less fat… it takes WAY less work to do anything! God am I glad I am on this diet.


#16

Go Man GO!


#17

keep chuggin along. good work so far!


#18

[quote]thevikingscot wrote:
Day 6:

Worked today, got all of my shakes in (so far). Felt horrible most of the day… not like I was getting sick, just no energy, a little gross, a little out of it.

Let’s talk about the V-Burn. I suck… it was both fun and humiliating. There was definitely some cheating on my part. I have big time problems with lunges… and the fact that my right thigh is almost 2" larger than my left, owing to me favoring my left (the one I broke years ago). Certain portions of the movement are very difficult. Excuses, excuses. I did as many lunges as I could in the beginning (like 3), then finished with split squats(?). Those are the ones where you do most of the lunge movement with your feet planted, right? Anyway, that is what I did. Other forms of cheating: I couldn’t get all of the push ups, so I ended up finishing sets on my knees. Pike push ups are tough the day after deadlifts and shoulder presses… not that they are easy anyway. Again, excuses.

Total time… a very underwhelming 30:52.

My wife did the workout with me… her total time 18:15.

Epiphany:

My wife was logging her workout in some program that calculates total calories burned… it said she burned 150 calories. I was rather surprised and thought there was no way that could be right… I knew it was way harder than 150 calories worth. Now, I don’t expect this program to be perfect, or even half-way accurate, but adjusting for my time and weight, it said that I burned 480 calories. I was panting and sweating like a dog. That, I believe. It took me a minute to put this all together.

Because of my size, all 290-ish pounds of me, I burned more than three times as many calories as she did! Furthermore, I doubt the fact that I am moving 6’6", as compared to her 5’2", around is taken into account. Who knows. You would think I would have realized this in physics… Work = Force x Distance. Force = Mass x Acceleration. It is directly proportional. I weigh nearly 2.5 times what she does, it will take me 2.5 times as much energy… add in the extra distance with the long levers… etc.

B.S. aside, what does it all mean? No wonder we feel better when we have less fat… it takes WAY less work to do anything! God am I glad I am on this diet.

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I sometimes have problems with lunges too:( but I do the best I can. I wore my heart rate monitor when I did my v-challenge over the weekend and I only burned about 140 calories. I guess it really does depend on heart rate, and weight etc, etc… There is no shame in dropping to your knees to finish that many pushups!!! We aren’t in the military:) Good job at finishing it, that is the important part after all. I’m glad I’m on this diet too, not having to plan and cook my meals for a month is actually flipping awesome!!!
keep up the good work and your wife kicks ass, for doing the workouts with you!!


#19

Day 7:

I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh in and stats; despite the fact that I think the weight lost during this week took place in the first couple of days.

All shakes were well distributed throughout the day. Probably the first time I felt like that had happened. Usually, I end up cramming one in.

Since today was the day following my first V-burn/challenge, I don’t know if this is usual… but I was starving all day. It was the first time on the plan that I have been hungry. It was kind of strange. I was looking forward to the peanut butter at the end of the day, let me tell you.

Extra note: I met a friend this evening at a fabulous Mexican restaurant and ate water. I figure it was punishment for all the time I ate there and shouldn’t have.

Stats tomorrow!


#20

Keep it up! The V-Diet can have ups and downs but it’s more than worth it. The first V-burn was a major wake-up for me but over time, it got better and better. Best of luck!