I sure hope I have the discipline to make it the entire 28 days. There are so many logs that start but are never updated I must assume that the V-Diet is not a walk in the park.
My background: Typical skinny guy with a belly. Never worked out much in my 20s and early 30s but I stayed active. In late 30s I was introduced to HIT and I gained a little muscle. I worked up from assisted chins to 8 full range BW chins and 8 BW plus 35lb dips. Life intervened and I stopped working out. About 6 years ago I tried P90X and gave up after 5 weeks. I came to dread waking up thinking about the next stinking P90X workout. I searched for something else and came across Pavel and ETK. I dove into kettlebells and built a little strength. I used kettlebells plus chins and dips as my primary mode of exercise off and on for the next several years. I never seem to stick with any program for longer than 6 months although I did manage to gain a little strength each time I returned.
This spring I started back with swings, KB squats, KB C&P, weighted dips, weighted pull-ups and chins and was doing nicely. I was toying with the deadlift and hip thrusts too and hurt my lower back in June. While recovering I decided to really work BW exercises like push-ups, BW squats, pull-ups and chins, ab wheel rollouts and hanging knee raises. My back healed and my strength increased. I was able to resume weighted pulls, dips and KB squats. I am stronger now than I have ever been in my life. Nothing compared to the majority on this board, but pretty darn good for me.
I currently weigh 194 pounds, about as heavy as I have ever been. I hit 197 last year but was able to get back down to 177 using the Eat Stop Eat style of intermittent fasting. For some reason I am unable to stick with the fasting this year. The carb cravings kick in and I stuff my mouth with whatever is available. If nothing was around, I would hit the nearest 7-11. So I am really hoping that the V-Diet can kick the carb cravings for me. Over the next 28 days I would like to get to 180 pounds, with 175 as a stretch goal. Iâ??m most concerned with the spare tire and love handles. At 5 feet 11 I have a fairly small frame, kind of narrow rib cage and smallish wrist and ankle measurements are shown below for context.
I have spent the past 9 days getting familiar with the V-Diet workouts and will be doing the Intermediate workouts. Front squats will be done with KBs, weighted dips instead of DB flat bench. I will do hanging knee raises instead of the reverse crunch since I have been working knee raises hard lately. Deadlift will be the trap-bar variety and I will use KBs instead of DBs on the incline press. I believe my changes are minor and well within the spirit of the workout as written. I am adding suitcase carry on Mon & Fri and farmers walk on Wed. Not because I think the workout is lacking but simply because I got my farmers walk handles last month and I want to keep using them. I start my V-Diet on 9/28/2015 and will update this log at the end of each week.
Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Weight: 194 lbs
Neck: 16 1/4 inches
Shoulders: 47 3/4 inches
Chest: 41 1/8 inches
Waist High: 37 3/4 inches
Waist Navel: 38 3/4 inches
Waist Low: 38 1/4 inches
Hips: 40 1/8 inches
Upper Arm - Right: 13 3/4 inches
Upper Leg - Right: 24 1/4 inches
Calf - Right: 15 7/8 inches
Wrist: 7 inches
Ankle: 8 3/4 inches