OK, so here’s my story.
I’m 47 and have been training on and off since I was about 14. Never had great strength but had the desire. I was more interested in looks and sports performance than getting stronger. I know, boo me. I was always a big person. About 3 years ago my wife divorced me. The depression that followed and a sedentary lifestyle made my weight balloon up to 420. I knew I had to make a MAJOR life change and decided on gastric bypass surgery.
Now, I know what many are thinking…that I took the easy way out. To that I say BS. I have to watch everything I eat. I can only eat so much at a time. I probably eat better than many “normal” people out there. I had my surgery 2 years ago. Since starting down this road, I’ve lost about 200 pounds. I went from a 58" waist down to about a 36".
Although I have some loose skin, I’m more muscular than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m still working out in the gym and take karate with my son. I also do a lot of walking and bike riding.
Why the V-Diet:
For me, I have hit a plateau. I’ve been weighing around 220 for the past year. I know I have some extra fat to loose and am hoping to get down to around 200. I was actually down to 189 but that was too low for me. I feel 200-205 is an ideal goal and I hope to get some more speed and agility for my karate.
I’m also hoping that the restricted diet will allow my stomach pouch to shrink a bit. They have the habit of stretching over time and I’m hoping it will shrink a bit.
V-Diet experience so far:
I am currently on day 5. I have to say that I haven’t really been hungry. The only issue is working through the “mouth hunger” where I really want something crunchy. I bought some sugar free popsicles with almost no calories to satisfy that. Also, chewing gum can help.
I have had some issues with flax seed and may make a modification there. I had some problems with bloating on day 4 but not on day 5 so far. It may just be my body adapting.
At first I thought the workouts sounded too easy. I was going to continue training as before. Man, am I glad I didn’t. The 2 workouts so far have drained me. I take karate twice a week and the first class was a killer due to lower energy levels. I test during week 3 and hope to be more acclimated by then.
I honestly have only done 1 NEPA session so far. My work schedule and home responsibilities make it hard to get in but I realize I have to be more consistant.
So far, I’m down 10 pounds. Haven’t done any measurments since the start but my pants do feel a bit looser. Probably my imagination.
So that’s my story. Please don’t judge me because of my surgery. I did what I knew I had to do to live longer. Now I’m just interested in a healthy lifestyle and practicing more of what is on the T-Nation site.
Good luck everyone.