OK… Monday, May 8 was my official start date. I received all of my stuff several weeks before, but was “easing into it“. I’m now IN.
Disclaimer: I’m a pretty active dude… I play and practice golf obsessively, I have a garage gym that I built so that I could do linear strength training, and have recently gotten myself back into speed skating and distance skating (inlines). That being said, I am an absolute undisciplined disaster by nature. And even worse, an obsessive foodie. If anything is going to be a huge hindrance, it’s that…
Last September I did Optavia, and went from 175lbs down to 164 in one month. The problem was it was so calorie restricted that I couldn’t do any activities without getting lightheaded, or in some cases, flat out vertigo (which I’ve never experienced before).
So this Velocity Diet appeals to me for a variety of reasons. Mainly that I can work out, skate, and play golf without feeling like I’m going to pass out. Optavia puts you in touch with a coach, but I really like the idea of this forum. About 10 years ago I joined up on a strength training forum called StrongLifts, and if it wasn’t for the encouragement from those dudes and the frequent logs, I would never have reached the goals that I did….
So here we go!
Monday I weighed in at 171. It is now the beginning of day 4 and I weigh exactly 171.
Strength and muscles aside, I mainly want a flatter belly.
I appreciated reading some of the other logs and the repeated encouragement along the lines of “Don’t worry about the damn number on the scale, but rather focus on how you feel and look“.
…so I’m going with that.
I’ve been fairly consistent, but I’ve fallen off a little bit with the meal. I love to cook. I’m a really good cook. So eating whole foods, is never a problem. But I’ve noticed after a full day of drinking these semi sweet liquid shakes, I am climbing the walls for anything savory, crunchy or salty. So, by the time the HSM comes around, I can’t really say that I’ve kept the portions down, even though they‘ve absolutely been whole and fairly healthy. So I’m working on portion control…
I’ve started to get into a good routine of a good skate first thing in the morning. Usually between 2 and 4 miles. Following it up with strength, or TUT training (squats, bench, deadlifts, etc.).
When I first wake up, I keep going back-and-forth between making my normal latte (with 2% milk), or pouring a double shot of espresso into a vanilla shake. I haven’t seen any correlation as to which one makes me feel better, but I sure love my lattes!
It’s also been a real struggle to get in 4 shakes. 3 seems to be plenty, and I keep going to bed feeling pretty full. (Probably from dinner!) I have since knocked the shakes back to a scoop and a half… And I’m still only getting in three shakes per day.
I’ve been pretty good at taking the horse pills (flameout)… And I’m really trying to get in the water requirements as well. But I usually only get in around 50oz.
Here’s my biggest struggle tho…
And I’ve never really been good at it. I’m usually surprised if I get anywhere over 5 hours of sleep.
I just ordered a couple of bottles of ZMA. We shall see…
Sorry for such a long first post… I will try to do brief posts every three or four days, or so.
I can offer this… There are two syrups that are money in the bank… Salted caramel by Jordan’s Skinny Syrups (to go with a vanilla shake plus the espresso shot) and DaVinci’s Cherry syrup (to go with the chocolate shake). Both have zero sugar. One thing that’s helped me to combat all of the sweet stuff, is doing a chocolate shake with the salted caramel syrup.
Both syrups are easy to find on Amazon.