In early 2009 I successfully went through Mike Roussell and Alwyn Cosgrove’s ‘Warp Speed Fat Loss’ program. I sat at around 35in waist and 84kg (185lbs). I wasn’t ripped by any means, but I was comfortable in my own skin again.
Then, I started powerlifting. As my strength went up, so did my weight and my waistline. I peaked at my second competition in January, where I only just scraped into the 100kg (220lb) class, with a waistline of over 41in. Since then I have been slowly cutting back down, and did another competition on May 9th at 96.2kg (211lbs ish) and waist of around 38in.
I may have been content to continue this slow cut down, but something has required me to get more drastic: my wedding! I am getting married on 24th July, 4 weeks from Saturday. I have bought a suit, and it fits me, but it’s rather more tight than I would like.
I also look fatter and feel unhealthier than I want to. So, until the wedding I’ll be tackling the V-Diet and then the first week of the transformation. Powerlifting is on hiatus until later in the year. My best lifts in the 100kg class are 192.5kg (423lb) squat, 115kg (250lb) bench and 212.5kg (468lb) deadlift (all unequipped).
One extra driver for this diet is that I would like to get well into the 90kg bracket and possibly be within shooting distance of the 82.5 class. If I can do that and not lose too much absolute strength then I will be in a great position to have a go at the national qualifying total later in the year.
I started yesterday, Monday 21st June.
Starting weight: 96.3kg (212lbs)
Starting waist size: 39in ish
I will post start pics as soon as I have taken them off my camera. I also need to do some other tape measurements but I’ve been run off my feet with wedding stuff and work yesterday and today.
I’ve been training since 2006, so I’m doing the advanced plan.
Day 1 report:
Diet textbook. Pretty hungry between shakes 2 & 4, not hungry at all in the evening. Walked 30 mins to & from work (probably something like 70-80 mins total in the day) as NEPA.
Day 1 training:
Heavy load, 20 reps per exercise, 30 secs rest between sets
Bent over row (from floor): 75kg 5, 5, 5, 5 (4 sets)
Dips: BWT 5, 5, 5, 3, 2 (5 sets)
Overhead squat: 40kg 5, 5, 5, 3, 2 (5 sets)
Ab-wheel rollout: On knees 10, 10
Notes: haven’t done dips in a while and I’ve had some powerlifting-related elbow problems, so I went easy on the load. I will add a bit of resistance next week. Overhead squats were challenging, but mostly from a balance/support point of view. I can back squat over 400lbs unequipped so I didn’t really feel much of a challenge in my legs. The ab-wheel rollouts were too easy. I think I will need to try these on my feet next week.
Day 2 so far (currently 2 shakes down):
Sugar free gum is helping with psychological hunger pangs. Stomach is a little jippy, so hopefully that will settle in a day or so. This is the hardest diet I’ve done because I’m struggling with the thought of “no food at all” (except the HSMs). But I also like the clear, no-bullshit aspect - I know exactly what I can and can’t eat, and there’s no iffy grey area.