Dear fellow T-Nationers,
In short - I started my V-diet on Sunday 10/22/06. I’m writing this on the morning of Day 6.
In ‘long’, I started the reclamation of my life about 2 1/2 months ago, when I looked at myself at 5’11" 275 LBS of fat and said, “Either start pre-planning your funeral or do something about this you dumbass!”
I achieved decent fitness in my mid 20’s (I’m 32 today), when I was about 8% and 210 of stacked leaness without any AAS - just dedication. So you can imagine the depression caused by looking at the clothes I wore then vs. the size 42 pants I had to wear at 275 +. And it definately affected basically all other areas of my life as you can imagine.
At the start of my V-Diet on Sunday I had already achieved recomposition to 255 LBS (about 20 LBS fat loss over the 2.5 months). And I was seeing resepectable gains (thank god for muscle memory).
But, I was still far from that 8%, and I was starting to backslide on my diet a bit. My backslides come in the form of beer/wine drinking more than anything else. And my training was starting to suffer as a result of too much partying.
I’m currently on a long term work assignment so I’ve been living in a hotel for the past 6 weeks, and will continue to do so for a few months.It was too easy to spend my $50 food/beverage per diem on filet mignion, 10 beers or so, or a bottle or two of wine every night. Plus the only social life I have here are the friends I met who are regulars in the hotel lounge.
So being on the V-Diet for the 6th day now, naturally I’ve made some adjustments. I still visit the lounge for a few hours at night, but instead of beer I am enjoying 6-7 club sodas or ice waters.
The first 4 days were the most difficult for me. But now I feel its almost a habit, I don’t really think about food now - but definately look forward to my shakes. In fact, I’m not really salivating much over my first ‘meal’ - so I’m sure I’ll be able to keep it super healthy and not indulge (one of my fears when starting).
In fact, last night I was in the lounge listening to the entertainment and a friend of mine sitting next to me ordered several appetizers for everyone: Crab cakes, chicken fingers, shrimp cocktail and buffalo wings. Those are my absolute favorite finger foods. There couldn’t have been a stronger temptation put in front of me. And those crab cakes were THICK.
I didn’t touch any of it. I did go upstairs for half a shake though ;-).
I must say I feel pretty good, workouts are going well.
I think posting all of this helps keep me sane, like an addict who has to go to meetings and tell everyone their problems LOL.