I’ve been a T-Nation lurker for quite some time now and this is my very first post.
First, a little background about myself. About a year ago, I became fed up with the way I looked. I weighed in at about 270 lbs and the weight affected every aspect of my life. I couldn’t even tie my shoes without my big fat gut getting in the way. I remember one time in particular - I had started tying my shoes by bringing my foot over my other knee (think crossing your legs figure-four style) without really realizing it. One of my friends said to me “you’re tying your shoes like my grandmother.” That was one of my “you’ve got to do something about this” moments.
So, I set off on a diet and exercise program. Not anything in particular, just a regular amount of exercise and a much closer examination of my food intake. I began reading as much as I could and came across the discussion forum on Menshealth.com. Think what you about that website but, I took away two very important things from there. First was a post entitled “so you want to loose fat.”
This helped me to better understand they why and how of nutrition. The second thing was T-Nation. From that point on, I came to this site regularly and read almost every article; it also just happened to coincide with the beginning of the Physique Clinics. I eagerly read every progress report from both of Gus Pacho and Bartl and took their success as a bit of inspiration.
I tracked just about every bit of food that went into my mouth and was at the gym at least three and usually four times a week. Over the course of the next six months I managed to drop about 50 pounds all while increasing strength. Everything was great; I felt great and had a lot of good comments from friends and co-workers.
But then I hit a wall. 220 lbs - that was the imaginary barrier that I wasn?t able to break through. I tried cutting calories, increasing calories, but nothing seemed to work. I always hovered around that mark. There were times when I would dip just blow that mark, but within a week I?d just be back over it. That, coupled with a few injuries really derailed me.
Over the next six months, both my diet and exercise had become erratic. I was still making progress in the gym as I was continually making gains in all of my compound lifts, but I was also gaining weight. By New Years, I had put about 20 pounds back on.
I didn?t make that big of a deal of it, I told myself that as long as I was getting stronger, a little weight gain was inevitable. But, I always knew that it was probably wishful thinking. Sure, some of it may have been muscle - but realistically, I?m guessing that it was maybe 5 pounds. (and even that was probably optimistic)
So, I knew that something had to change and that it had to be a drastic, I couldn?t keep doing what I was doing and hope to get where I wanted to be. So, as I usually do every weekday morning, I logged onto this site last Monday morning. At the top of the page was something new. V-Diet 3.0
I pretty much decided before I clicked the link that that was going to be it. I read through the program and the discussion forum on and off for the remainder of the day and placed my order the following afternoon. I was a little disappointed to see that the shipment wasn?t scheduled to arrive until today as I had intended for this to me my start date.
But, I had a nice surprise when I saw two big boxes sitting on my front doorstep when I got hope from work on Friday. I was exited for the weekend to be over as that meant that I could get started on this. My siblings and I took my mother out for a birthday dinner at an Italian restaurant last night. I had lasagna, the whole time thinking that this was the last indulgence that I would have for a while - maybe forever. Monday was going to be a new day.
So, there you have it. I’m not usually that long winded, but I guess I just had a lot to say this morning.
My starting weight this morning was 239.2, measurements and pictures will happen tonight. I?m planning on making daily log entries, as I?m sure there will be times when I?ll need a little encouragement.
The morning shake went down a little tough. I think that maybe I?m just not used to consuming that volume of stuff that early in the morning. I?m also feeling the effects of the HOT-ROX. I had cut out soft drinks a while ago save for the very occasional diet Coke and now I can definitely feel any small amount of caffeine I take in. I?ll give myself a couple of more days to adjust. Other than that I?m feeling good about this.