Day 1: As you will see I will not sugar coat anything. This is the first time that I have had Low-Carb Grow! or HOT-ROX. I know, I know, but it takes forever to get stuff over here and shipping sucks, so the tax free PX makes for a decent option.
Damn, even in the army 6:00 comes early, our sleep schedule is always jacked up anyways though. I woke up had my HOT-ROX, and went of for my cardio. Now in Chris' diet he went walking, I changed this a bit because I hate walking and roadmarching, have done way too many already! I am also in pretty good cardiovascular shape, not saying anyone else isn?t, so I figured that I would go for a different. I picked the stair climber for the first day, I used to laugh at people who used this machine, until one day I tried it??my god, it can whoooop your ass if you do it right!!! So I let it do its thing to me for about 25 min with a 5 min cool down on the bike and that was that.
Already I was hungry so I waited about 30 min and then drank my first shake. Now I said I wasn?t going to sugar coat anything so this is no lie, I am kicking myself in the ass for never buying Low-Carb Grow! before!!!! Damn this stuff is good!!!! I went around to all the other guys making them take a little powder, hahahah my Grow!, not yours!!!
Now the only thing that we had ordered that had not come was our flax seed grinder. We though no big deal, we will just chew it up, should be just as good until the grinder comes. Now it isn?t too bad but I am sure that after doing this 4 times a day I will be happy to see that little grinder!!!
So time for the workout. I am not going to lie, I was getting hungry about 30-45 min between shakes, but I figured that it might be due to the fact that I only had 1 HOT-ROX Capsule per serving (since I had not yet taken it) or my body just not used to it, no biggie, we will see what tomorrow brings.
I was for sure though that my workout would suck because of the hunger. I was wrong though, we went and there and just kicked the weights ass, I don?t know if it was the HOT-ROX, we were more focused, the diet, a good day, or what, but we both had a great workout! Where we used to struggle on the last sets we didn?t, we had plenty of energy, the weights just seemed to go easier, so we will see with a few more workouts if this was a fluke or maybe something due to the diet plan. So after the workout we slammed our Surge, damn, also quite tasty I might add, still kicking my self in the ass. We then took some ZMA before bed and will see what tomorrow brings.
Day2: Damn 6:00 here already. My lifting partner hates the mornings and with the mix of frequent night missions im sure I will be doing cardio alone a lot, but it is ok. One thing I will tell you that doing this diet with someone else does make it easier. We talk about it, drool over food we both smell lol. 2 days and I already miss food, even the chow hall smelled good today! But I got the will power. I will not be beaten by mere food, come on now.
So I take 2 HOT-ROX this morning and off to the gym I go, I am also recovering from pulling my soleus muscles in both my calves in a football game, so running is not always an option. For today?s cardio I used the good ole elliptical. I know this machine is kind of gay, but if you work it right it can be a good tool for cardio, so 25 min on it with a 5 min cool down on the bike and I was good to go.
Ahhh wow no gym tonight. This 3 day workout will be a little different to get used to. So today we take fish oil also, not to bad. We just took 4 capsules around every shake, and 5 with our last one. I am still kicking my self in the ass for not ordering Low-Carb Grow! earlier! Still tasting good, on some of the shakes I even add some coffee grounds to give me a little energy, very tasty also. So no gym tonight turned out to be ok since I find out that I have a 12 hr night mission tonight, if you have been in the military you now that actually means about 15 hrs at a minimum So I take 4 Gatorade bottle filled shakes already mixed with flax seed, my pill case with my HOT-ROX, no fish oil today, and I am good. Pretty easy actually.
Day:3 Ahh nothing like waking up in your sleeping bad in a little shelter. Our mission was to pull security on this Serbian church, so luckily my baddle buddy let me sleep a lot of the night and I started my shift at about 6:00. Good deal about being a medic sometimes. If you take good care of your soldiers they usually return the favor. But it takes a lot of damn hard work to get their trust, when they finally call you ?doc? it is a feeling that is hard to describe!!
So anyways I wake up and take my HOT-ROX around 7:00 figuring I will have my first shake around 8:00-8:30. Had my second shake at 11:00. This day ended up being busy as hell so the convenience of the shakes is paying off! I got back from my mission just before 13:00 which gave me enough time to change, go to the gym and do the elliptical for 20 min. Come back, and then go teach a medical class at 14:00, then at 14:30 I had my 3rd shake. I got back from teaching class at 17:00 which gave me an hour to change again, get a few things done and head up to football practice at 18:00. I drank my 4th shake at about 18:45, ? way through football practice.
As running back practice is like another cardio workout. We run the option so I am always running somewhere! I figure I run about 50-60 forties during practice. After practice I get a few more things done, take my HOT-ROX, and rest for awhile. AFN, (armed forces network) usually has 3 channels which usually all suck! But they actually had Big Daddy on. So time to relax, have another drink, and chill for a few hours. Then off to the gym.
The workout once again surprised me. On deadlifts I actually RAISED the weight by 10 lbs after the fifth set from what I used to do! The rest of the workout was great, it was a challenge but I had energy all the way through it and was focused as hell!!! On the clean and overhead press I cleaned each rep because I need to improve my clean form. So that was a bonus. Once again I can?t figure out why the workouts are going so well but I am not complaining, my roommate is feeling the exact same way I am through the workouts also mind you. I drank my Surge right after my workout, headed to my room, finished up some daily tasks, took my ZMA and hit the sac!
Day 6: Well today I woke up feeling like I got hit by a bus. Yesterday we had I had medical class, a mission, and a football game, so I was able to get my cardio session in but had to wait until today to get my gym session in. Maybe working out is a decent thing to do on they day I eat anyways. Hopefully it would be a time to get some extra carbs into my system. But either way I got it done today. I will probably just do another cardio session tomorrow morning. Our football game took a little more of toll on me than I had thought! Those of you who have been in the military know just how competitive any athletics in the army are!
But anyways I must say that I play iron man on our football team playing corner, running back, kickoff, and I am our return man. So a football game is a pretty damn good workout in itself. The whole game I was still full of energy and the only difference that I felt is that I could actually tell I was lighter.
Everyday this week I have been able to tell that I have less fat. I feel less fat on me everywhere everyday! I see veins starting to appear in my biceps, shoulders, legs, and forearms. I can definitely tell a difference in the amount of fat that I have now. I have been avoiding using the scale until Monday morning but it is not an easy task. I am curious as hell to see what my weight and body fat is already. I feel and see less fat on me every day which is very encouraging.
I have also been very impressed that I have kept if not even somehow gained strength so far. My roommate is also experiencing the same effects of the V-diet. I must say that I am very surprised so far.
A few days ago we got our flax seed grinder in the mail so at least we didn?t have to chew up the flax seed but??.the damn grinder is manual! We thought sure as hell that is was electrical when we ordered it! To say the least it takes about 30 damn minutes to grind up 3 days worth of flax seed!! It is a great forearm workout, though. Well back on track, after filing out sick call slips for my soldiers I laid in bed for about another hour to recover enough to go to the gym. I have not felt yet like I have been overtraining even though I have been doing a little more intense cardio than suggested. Today it is just my ankles, knees and hips that hurt. Our football field is solid dirt, almost no grass, so it is like running on concrete with cleats, the joints love it!!!!
So I went to the gym and had a great workout, usually I just do weighted dips with a 35 lb plate, but today I was able to use a 45 for all but the last 2 sets!!! Even in Rows I was able to do 10 more lbs than normal. I still can?t figure this out but I am not complaining! After the workout I slammed some Surge and got ready for my mission. I grabbed 3 shakes and threw them in my bag, packed up my fish oil capsules and HOT-ROX in an empty pill bottle and I was off. It really is that easy, much easier than I would think trying to take planned meals to the field would be.
Today was also the day for my first meal!!!!! Hell yeh! Last night my roommate and I were planning the fine feast we would have at the chow hall. HAHAHAHA I have missed the taste of food I will not lie. It seems you notice every food commercial, people carrying food, the smell of food from miles away, well you get the point, but it is not too bad. This meal will be nice to have! So on the way out to the humvee I grabbed a to go plate with eggplant parmesan, Cheesy potatoes with chili, corn, and a chicken breast. Not the best meal but I an only choose what they have!!! Wow to be back in the states, with things like grocery stores!!!
Normally our chow tastes like ass but after not having solid food for a week this meal was freaking awesome!!! But now back to my shakes for another week. MMMMMmmmmm Thank god Grow! shakes taste as good as they do. I am not even close to being tired of them so far. So tomorrow will be my day off of cardio but back to the shakes and then Monday, will be the first week. I must also say that I have not been taking any fiber except for the flax seeds with every shake and I have had no problems taking a good healthy dump every other day! So yet another worry out of the way.
Day 8: Well judgment day is here. I had another night mission last night so I got back in around 10:00 this morning and instantly passed out. I had 2 shakes already for the day but I figured that would be fine because hopefully I would sleep a lot today. No matter what hours I am out I figure as long as I get my 5 shakes in (plus Surge) and get them as evenly spread out as possible I would be ok. Seems to work so far. I have also found out something I like. If you add about .5 scoops coffee grounds to the shake it makes as a great pick me up!!!! Pretty tasty also.
I woke up and slammed another shake and then did my cardio around 16:00, I figure I will go lift tonight but I had some energy so I figured cardio wouldn?t hurt. I have decided every once in a while to slow the pace of the cardio and go for about 40 min, I think I will try this more on days off from the gym. I will probably just go day by day depending on how I feel and what time allows.
Now for the time for truth???the first week?s results.!!
I weighed 165, a loss of 4 lbs!!! My body fat is also at 13.9% now compared to over 15.2% a week earlier!!! I weighed myself yesterday but the scale was jacked up so I am happy with the results that came up today! The main thing is that I can see the difference! I am more vascular, and my belt seems like I have about an extra .5 to inch on it!!! My love handles are much smaller also! I think I would have even lost more if I had not already been cutting down on a low carb diet 2-3 weeks prior. So in roughly a month I have gone from 178 to 165 and have kept all my strength! No complaints so far!
Notes from week 1:
*As more days go by my hunger between shakes lessens.
*A coffee grinder from our px works wonders on flax seed, damn manual grinder!
*I can tell I am a little low on energy at times but really not to bad so far, I am just not quite as motivated to do things throughout the day.
*Gatorade bottles are the PERFECT shake containers!!!!
*Carrying a ruck of 3-5 shakes is easier than 3-5 healthy meals!!!!!!!!!!
*Adding coffee grounds to shakes keeps you wired during midnight security!
*This diet is very easy to keep up with, the cheat sheet I made helped out the first few days but now it is all just habit. I also do suggest the meal option, that was the best damn chow hall meal I have ever had! Doing this diet with someone else is a huge help!!! You can both drool over foods you miss!
If you have any questions, advice, or anything beneficial, post away. Thank you and here comes week 2!!!!!