Elite FTS has a shirt with three words on it; Prepare. Perform. Prevail.
For the Velocity Diet it may be the perfect mantra. I’m going to keep this journal going for the next month and keep everyone abreast of my Velocity Diet journey.
I do have history with the Velocity Diet. Ive done the original Fat Fast twice and the two previous versions of the Velocity Diet. All four helped me lean out significantly. This time might be different. My ‘before’ results have me beginning at 9.6% body fat on a 211 lb frame. Not bad for a FFB who maxed out at 297 lbs back in the day. Why I’m doing this already lean will be explained when I’m done, 28 days from now. For now I’ll be posting the journey and the lessons it will teach me.
Almost everyone who has failed on a program or diet take this first step for granted. I take it seriously. Here’s what my preparation looked like. It may look simple & silly, but that may be why so few do it.
Ordered all the supplements 10 days before the diet. I live in Canada, so to make sure everything arrived on time, I gave myself a lot of leeway. I ordered my stuff Sunday March 13 it all arrived on Friday March 18. Day one is today (Monday March 21) so this looks like a smart plan already.
I bought everything else I needed. Natural peanut butter, and cashew/hazelnut butter, fibre a few new shaker cups (I now have 6 so no need to worry about washing/rinsing through the day, again simple but easy to overlook).
Strength tests - I don’t want to waste a lot of time in the first week guessing or estimating what my 4 & 8 rep max lifts are, so I tested them all over the weekend. Tonight’s workout should have no guesswork.
I’ve scheduled everything! I’ve looked at the next 4 weeks and tried to predict possible hiccups: birthdays, Easter, road trips, extra work-days etc. If I see it coming and I can plan ahead. I know where & when all my HSM meals are for the next 4 weeks.
Ipod playlist I: Again silly but essential. The NEPA walks will be all about good audio books. I’m starting with Chris’ Iron Radio interview about the pulse fast, then have some cool books to get through (non-fiction- I’m using NEPA as outdoor education time) ‘Book Yourself Solid’, ‘The Artist’s Way’ ‘Lead the Field’ and ‘The Strangest Secret’ to start with
Ipod Playlist II: the workouts. I have a gym mix of 479 song, I press shuffle and get to work. I added the latest from Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, TV on the Radio & Anvil last night.
Supplement prep. Dan John had the great idea of putting everything in baggies, but 3.0 is primarily powdered based so I have my daily shake plan taped to my cupboard and all the supplements I need on the counter directly below it. Pre-NEPA, I mix all the shakes in the shaker cups and fill a 2 L jug of water. I`m ready for my day.
When I do someone else
s program I have only one rule; Do as youre told. Even though I`ve done four previous variations of this diet, this is my 1st run doing the newer 3.0 edition. Stick to the plan.
Other significant preparation tactics.
- Get off the coffee a week before. This, frankly, sucked ass. I knew for HOT-ROX to work it would be best to get any competing caffeine sources out of my system. I also don’t care for black coffee so I knew I would have to get it out of the program. I started on Monday March 14. Tuesday and Wednesday are two days I’m glad I wasn’t arrested. The rest of the week was ok. I didn’t have my usual energy, but I felt like my brain was burning cleaner. I didn’t start drinking coffee regularly until my early thirties and I notice for me that I get wicked hamstring cramps if I’m taking creatine and drinking coffee every day.
- Getting rid of all the other food in the house. This was mostly basics- lots of spinach and avacados, some Jell-O light packets, etc. When I start a program I like to clean house and remove anything not being used on the program. Out of sight, out of mind.
- To better cope with the free time I’m going to have by not cooking or prepping food I’ve made a to-do list for the next 28 days and picked out a few books to read and documentaries to watch. Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Pygmy’ and Evelyn Lau’s ‘Choose Me’ are currently on the bedside table.
Whats NOT on the program, but in mine?
- Creatine- see the coffee note above and I’m hoping for a little bit of a pump in the gym for it. I’m an ectomorph and mentally it helps me out on days I look/feel flat.
- Se7en- The science behind this is simple… I had a bottle in the house.