Scott's V-Diet (The Sequel)

Hello, all. I was successful with a full-on V-Diet a little over a year ago, losing on average about 3 pounds a week. At the start of that diet I was about 225lbs, and am currently 207lbs, so I’d call that some good carry-over. As I recall, the diet was about as difficult as having a dog not lick his privates…yet here I am trying it again (If it were easy, it wouldn’t be good for me, I figure).

One issue I was bummed about was that even though I lost a fair deal of weight my first time around, I still had no visible 6-pack (my white whale; as far as body goals go) at the end of 4 weeks. This time around, I’m starting in a better place; not to mention the fact that it’s hot enough outside to piss Jesus off.

Just had my second shake of the day-onto some treadmill NEPA. Measurements to follow- Let’s Go!

Height: 6 ft

Bodyweight: 207 lbs

Circumference measurements:

Neck: 15 inch
Shoulders: 45 inch
Chest (Upper): 41 inch
Chest (Lower): 43 inch
Waist (At Navel): 37.5 inch
Waist (At Largest): 39 inch
Hips (At Largest): 45 inch
Upper Arms (Left and Right): 15 inch
Upper Legs (2" above patellas Left and Right): 17 inch

Before Front

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Before Front[/quote]



Day One Workout:

Bent Over Barbell Row-underhand grip: 154lbs x5,5,5,5
Overhead Barbell Squat: 77lbs x4,5,5,4,2 (these suck)
Dips: Bodyweight x5,5,5,5
Ab-Wheel Rollout: From Knees x10,10

NEPA Treadmill @4.0 Incline, 4.0MPH: 15 min

Day 2:

NEPA treadmill @4.0 incline, 4.0 mph for 20 minutes.

So I woke up hungry today and I think my stomach is questioning my leadership. I believe it asked me: “what the fuck are you doing to me? This isn’t beer!!!” Oh well, it will settle. Energy is still good, but like last time I am anticipating a drop by the end of the week. After that, it should be smooth(er) sailing.

I did not have a good time with the overhead squats yesterday. I haven’t attempted them in a long time, and I grossly overestimated my strength/balance maintaining that weight. So I plan on not increasing the load next week until my shoulders become comfortable.

Day 3 Workout:

So I may have aspired a little high with the advanced program. With the 45 second rests, I really run out of gas quickly. But it’s a change-up my saggy-ass body probably needed.

Chin-up (Switched wide pull-ups to Friday as I can do more reps of these): Bodyweight x8,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,2,2,2,2
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press-neutral Grip: 60’s x10,6,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,1
Romainian Deadlift: 154lbs x12,7,7,6,6,2
Barbell Curl-slightly narrow grip 55lbs x10,9,8,7,6
Hanging Knee Raise: Bodyweight x10,10,8,8,4

Some NEPA tennis tonight. I usually play 2-3 hours but we’ll see with the low carbs.

I haven’t mentioned to anyone I’m doing this diet again. I know a lot of people who in my mind have tried a lot crazier things in their lives than this, and I can do without the eye-rolling and the sighs this time around. Until they actually try 2 weeks on this program, they really don’t speak my language. So I just keep to myself and try not to over-think how difficult the diet is. I’m also hoping to avoid any restaurant/bar trips for at least 3 weeks.

Hey there! You sound like you’re going great, but I just worry when you say you’re trying not to over-think how “difficult” the diet is… please try not to even use that word with the diet! Remember you create your own reality… Whilst the next 28 days will be challenging no doubt, just remind yourself why you’re doing it.

Remember that every shake you drink is one step closer to getting your body back and gaining control over your eating habits. Just as every beer and pizza you DON’T have is a step closer. Just keep moving forward! If you think you’re going to slip up, just tell yourself that if you do, that is one/two/three weeks of pain that will be all for nothing, and you’ll have to start all over again.

Avoid the restaurants and bars if you feel you need to, but for me, personally, I have continued to go along when my friends go, and just drink coffee or tea and soda water, drinking a shake before I go and again when I get home. My friends were a bit shocked at first that I wasn’t eating/drinking, but because they are good friends they didn’t try to pressure me at all and we just enjoy the conversation without focussing on the food and drink.

Anyways, please tell me to butt out if I’m being too nosey/pushy, but good luck… I had some major food issues before I started this thing… now I am halfway through! This is the longest I have ever gone in my whole life without junk food and/or alcohol, so if I can do it, so can you! :slight_smile:



Day 4

I love protein shakes…I love protein shakes…I love protein shakes…I love protein shakes.

Perhaps my attitude stinks and I need more positive affirmation. Thanks for the feedback, GetHappy10. I appreciate it.

20 minutes of treadmill NEPA today. Very sore from the workout/tennis yesterday. But it’s ok, because I love protein shakes…

Day 5

Workout: 30 seconds rest between sets

Front Squat: 154lbs x6,4,5,4,3,3
Bench Press-Barbell close grip: 154lbs x5,4,2,4,2,2,2,2,2
Wide-Grip Pull-Up: Bodyweight x4,4,3,3,2,2,2,1,1,1,1,1
Push-Press-Dumbbells: 45’s x5,3,4,4,4,3,2

I was going to wait until moday to weigh myself but couldn’t resist a peak at the scale: 202lbs down from 207lbs on Monday. Not bad.

Day 7-In the books

Just completed the V-Burn in about 1 hour and 10 minutes, and I discovered I cannot do a single handstand push-up. :frowning: I therefore substituted jack-knife push-ups instead. By far the hardest workout of the week. I hope to improve my time next weekend.

Yesterday I had a family get-together and had my solid food meal. It consisted of raw zuccinni, black olives, red, yellow, and green bell peppers, about 3 tablespoons of fresh guacomole, a hamburger patty with grilled onions and tomato, baked beans, and about 6 oz of red wine. The burger-bunless or not-tasted fantastic with some seasoning salt. I passed on the ice-cream birthday cake and carrot cake. “You’re not having any…? Wow you have more will-power than me…” was my mother’s response.

Now, I love my mother dearly, but growing up I ALWAYS had a house full of sugary snacks, milk, cereal, bread, crackers, and frozen pizza. It was our own little ‘house of carbs’. She didn’t mean to reinforce bad eating habits, but she did. Fortunately, a few of my brothers and sisters learned how to eat to control blood sugar spikes and understand the concept of eating for comfort. I have 5 siblings, and if you saw us all in a photo you could definitely pick the diet-conscience ones.

I’m not blaming her for my bad dietary decisions, because I’s all grows up now, and I sure know better. But old habits can be hard to break, and nothing beats the comfort of home in the face of a stressful adult life.

Day 8, Monday:

Bodyweight 202lbs.


Bent-Over Barbell Row-Underhand Grip: 176lbsx5,5,5,4,1
Overhead Barbell Squat: 77 lbs x5,4,5,4,2
Dip: Bodyweight plus 10 lbs x6,5,4,3,2
Ab-Wheel Rollout-From Knees: 12,8

Definitely feeling tight today and am a little suprised I didn’t lose any more weight since Friday, considering how hard I worked this weekend. Screw it…time to work…HARDER.

Day 10:

Chin-up: Bodyweight x 9,8,3,5,4,3,3,2,2,1
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press-neutral Grip: 60’s x10,6,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,1
Romainian Deadlift (Dumbbells): 160lbs x10,9,7,6,6,2
Barbell Curl-slightly narrow grip 55lbs x15,10,8,7
Hanging Knee Raise: Bodyweight x10,10,8,8,4

Can’t wait for some healthy solid food. The week has been increasingly stressful/busy at work, and my mind has been wandering around some Italian food-porn on t.v. After I bitch-slapped myself…I moved on to a protein shake.

Good job so far man. I wouldn’t worry about being the same weight over the weekend, how do you feel and how have the measurements changed? To me those are the most important factors.

Keep up the good work!

Day 12:

Workout: 25 second rest intervals

Front Squat: 154lbs x 5,5,3,4,3,3,2
Bench Press-Close Grip, From the Floor: 154lbs x5,4,4,4,3,2,2,1
Wide Grip Pull-Up: Bodyweight x4,3,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2
Push-Press-Dumbbells: 50’s x8,5,4,4,4

Keeping my head down and working hard. I slacked a bit on the NEPA this very busy week but have been consistent with all my shakes. I have a continuing education course this weekend and will enjoy my HSM tomorrow evening-grass-fed ribeye with mixed green salad :wink:

Day 14:

V-Burn workout: 56 minutes.

I once again started tanking after 3 rounds of the V-Burn, but I improved my time a little, so I’m happy. I also played about 2 hours of tennis before-hand, so I burned quite a few calories today. Tomorrow I weigh in and take new circumference measures. I can see some improvements in the love-handle area, but, like many, am hanging on to the belly fat.

It’s ok- cause everyone knows belly-fat gets attacked on week 4, right? :wink:

Had my HSM yesterday, and it was great. Ribeye steak with a mustard-greens and kale salad with crumbled goat cheese and a bit of blue-cheese dressing mixed with apple balsamic and olive oil. Maybe I over-did the fat but I enjoyed it.

The shakes are boring to drink, no doubt, but on the flip side I get more time to do other things (like not groccery shop and cook), which I will enjoy while it lasts.

Height: 6 ft

Bodyweight: 207 lbs — (after 14 days) 198 lbs

Circumference measurements:

Neck: 15.5 inch — 15 inch
Shoulders: 45 inch — 48 inch
Chest (Upper): 41 inch — 41.5 inch
Chest (Lower): 43 inch — 43 inch
Waist (At Navel): 37.5 inch — 37.25 inch
Waist (At Largest): 39 inch — 38
Hips (At Largest): 45 inch — 43.5 inch
Upper Arms (Left and Right): 15 inch — 14 inch
Upper Legs (2" above patellas Left and Right): 17 inch — 17 inch

Not positive on the accuracy of some of these, but I did my best. Lost an inch in the arms, belly and hips, and definitely feel “lighter”. Physically I feel good, but that also depends on how much sleep I got the night before. I’ve been taking Z-12 every couple of days and feel like I could sleep 10 hours on the stuff (if I had the time).

My calves crampped like a son-of-a-bitch after my “workouts” yesterday and I had to have my wife stretch my ankles out. I was in so much agony I couldn’t stand up until she helped me. I’m figuring it was a comination of the jumping split squats during the V-Burn and the sprinting on the tennis court. The true sign of a tough workout (other than vomiting)!

My cabinents are a bit less full of Metabolic Drive. Time to finish the containers. Let’s go!

Day 15

Workout: 20 second rest intervals

Overhead Squat: 77lbs x7,5,5,4,4
Bent-Over Dumbbell Row-Underhand Grip: 90’s x5,5,5,5,4,1
Dip-Bodyweight plus 25 lbs dumbbell x4,5,5,4,4,3
Ab-Wheel Rollout-From Knees: 12,10,3

Pretty tired and sore today; just went for an evening walk with the dog. I noticed I’m tightening up a lot more so may do more mobility work after NEPA treadmill tomorrow.

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