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Cal Jones
04-21-2008, 02:03 PM
(Just cross posting this from the CF Forums at Jay's suggestion - please feel free to comment, critique or add support!)

Although I've never been really fat, I've always had a problem with weight, or rather, losing it. I'm a naturally pear-shaped woman - I store fat on my hips and thighs, and have a devil of a time losing it.

Recently I tried IF, and although I liked the convenience of it, it seemed to put my metabolism into shutdown. At the time I was around 148lbs at a height of 5'7, but instead of losing weight (and fat, because let's face it, we don't like losing muscle, do we?) I ended up 154lbs and miserable.

Given that I am off on holiday on the 31st May, and that all my trousers are now too tight, I'm starting to panic. So I thought I'd give the Velocity Diet a go. I'm one of those people who does better with extremes than moderation. I'm an all or nothing type of person - if I give myself strict rules, I'll stick to them, whereas if I try just to eat healthy, I end up eating a few too many brazil nuts and suddenly I've put on weight. And boy I can put on weight quickly.

I ordered some Lo-Carb Grow and Hot Rocks (or Rox, or whatever they are) and am starting today. The plan is to stick to shakes for two weeks, and then think about adding one solid meal of meat or fish and green veg a day.

My starting statistics are:

Height: 5'7 (not that this will change, mind...)
Weight: 11 stone (154lbs/70kg)
Chest: 36.5" (relaxed)
Waist: 28.5"
Hips: 40" :(
Right Upper Arm: 12.5"
Right Wrist: 6.5"
Right Thigh: 24.5" :eek:
Right Calf: 15"
Right Ankle: 8.5"

I'm starting with one Hot Rocks twice a day and if I tolerate that well I'll up it to two. I'm aiming for four shakes on non-training days and five on training days (though I may rethink this as I've had two shakes so far and the artificial sweetener is nasty, so I may only be able to stomach four). I won't be having the carb drink after training.
My one concession to sanity is that I will continue to drink my English tea with skim milk (I usually drink a couple of cups in the morning before work, and a couple in the evening - at work I drink green tea with no milk). If I gave up tea I would be miserable, and I'll be miserable enough giving up food, for heaven's sake. So the tea stays.

Wish me luck, because I'm going to need it.

Mike ODonnell
04-21-2008, 03:24 PM
(Just cross posting this from the CF Forums at Jay's suggestion - please feel free to comment, critique or add support!)
Always supportive...but also going to add some of my $0.02

Recently I tried IF, and although I liked the convenience of it, it seemed to put my metabolism into shutdown. At the time I was around 148lbs at a height of 5'7, but instead of losing weight (and fat, because let's face it, we don't like losing muscle, do we?) I ended up 154lbs and miserable.
Ok...so I have to ask...What did you eat all day? What was your IF schedule? What was your macronutrients of carbs/fat/protein per day? How many meals did you have? Short term fasting (IF) doesn't drop the metabolism...may drop body temp ...but eating all the wrong foods at the wrong time will easily pack on the lbs.


I'm one of those people who does better with extremes than moderation. I'm an all or nothing type of person - if I give myself strict rules, I'll stick to them, whereas if I try just to eat healthy, I end up eating a few too many brazil nuts and suddenly I've put on weight. And boy I can put on weight quickly.
Ok...although the V-diet is very extreme....you will drop weight like crazy if you do only protein and veggies (no fruits, no carrots, no potatoes) with tons of water. Take some fish oil and have NO fats from nuts. You may not enjoy it...but you will lose weight. Add in a high cal day once every 7-10 days.

My one concession to sanity is that I will continue to drink my English tea with skim milk (I usually drink a couple of cups in the morning before work, and a couple in the evening - at work I drink green tea with no milk). If I gave up tea I would be miserable, and I'll be miserable enough giving up food, for heaven's sake. So the tea stays.
DUMP the skim milk....that is an instant way to spike insulin and store fat. Keep the tea...if you have to have something, add a small amount of cream...skim milk is not what you want.

Jay Cohen
04-21-2008, 03:35 PM
Cal;

and you thought the CF crowd was tough.

BTW, you can thank me later.

Jane Michel
04-21-2008, 03:45 PM
Hi Cal, all the best with your Velocity Diet! Am looking forward to more posts from you on this!

Mike ODonnell
04-21-2008, 04:01 PM
Cal;

and you thought the CF crowd was tough.

BTW, you can thank me later.

Tough? Around here?...hard to believe! ;)

If you haven't read this already, see if it helps. Fat Loss 101 (http://projectfit.org/iflifeblog/2008/02/25/fat-loss-101-master-the-basics/)

The V-diet may give you temporary results....but it's not fixing the problem long term as you may go back to old bad patterns and gain the weight right back....eating whole foods are always my choice hands down esp if you are prone for relapses or just losing sanity and jumping into the nearest tubs of Ding Dongs.

Cal Jones
04-22-2008, 05:01 AM
Regarding IFing, I initally dropped breakfast and tried to eat a late lunch and then an evening meal. Then I went out one day and couldn't get lunch and found it wasn't so bad, so tried a few weeks of just eating in the evenings. On weekends I'd eat throughout the day, to give myself a break.
What happened was I got very cold. My energy levels were OK, but my weight started climbing, and I think my body went into starvation mode and would decide to lay down anything I ate at weekends as fat. I know pear-shaped women are very good at fat storage - we're designed for it, which is fine for child bearing women in times of famine, but not for a working and working out woman in a modern world where lean hips and legs are idealised.

In the past I've found that I do best when I don't eat evenings. Back when I first worked as a games journalist, I loved my job so much I stayed late every night and didn't get a cooked meal. I was pretty unhealthy - the games industry in the early 90s was all about socialising and parties, and working long hours. I smoked and drank but I lost weight effortlessly.

I put myself on a diet a while ago where I ate normally during the day and subbed out my evening meal for a protein drink, and lost weight, but it wasn't much fun. I don't care for protein drinks much, so wouldn't want to stay on them for very long.

However, when I started IFing I realised evening fasting wouldn't be practical. I can't cook at work so I'd miss out on a cooked meal. Additionally, I train evenings (I have no choice - the gym isn't open early enough for me to work out before work) so I wouldn't get a post-training meal if I fasted then. I also can't eat a big meal before training or it'll come straight back up. I take ages to digest food. Typically I'll have a light lunch at 2.30pm and then train at 6.30pm and eat after.

My IF meals were usually some sort of meat/vegetable combo but I'd eat nuts and sometimes dried fruit for a snack later, or dessert. In hindsight, I probably ate too many and as my body had been starving all day, it just put them away for storage.

So, whilst I like the freedom of not having to lug food to work, I'm not sure IFing works particularly well for me, with my schedule. If I didn't work and could exercise in the morning, have lunch and an afternoon snack, and then fast in the evening, then maybe I'd do better (and with less nuts obviously, they're obviously my bogey food). However my life isn't like that so I'm trying something else for now.

Yes I realise this is a short term fix - as I said, I have a holiday coming up and although there won't be any beaches, it'll be a tour of amusment parks and some will involve waterparks. I don't want to be mistaken for Shamu and pushed back into the whale pen, thanks. :p (OK I'm not that big but women are always much fatter in their own minds...)

Mike - no chance me eating Ding Dongs. I don't really like junk. I do like luxury ice cream and gourmet chocolate from a proper chocolatier, but such things are pricey and thus occassional treats. Having said that, I'll have to make do with some lower quality fare on holiday as amusment parks aren't really known for their good Paleo choices. I'll not get bent out of shape about it, though - I'll just steer clear of the funnel cakes and try and make the best of what is there. I know last time I did a US coaster trip, I was desperate for broccoli by the end of it, so I'm confident I can get back to healthy eating once I'm home.

Also, re: the tea - I only like skimmed milk. It's all I've had since I was 16 and even semi-skimmed smells and tastes disgusting to me now. Cream is a non starter! I just have a splash in black tea - I can't think that it's that big a deal, honestly. I've been drinking tea with milk since childhood so my body is pretty much used to it. If I cut it out I won't be able to maintain the diet for long (I know because I've eliminated tea on various detox diets I've done and I can only ever hack those for a day or two) so it's a chance I'll take, though I will take your comments into consideration.

Right, Day 2! I'm at the gym this evening so I will do at least four shakes today. I was planning on doing four on rest days and five on workout days, but I only managed 3 yesterday. They are very filling and not especially appetising.

As I've said on the V-Diet thread, I feel a lot hotter and am not sure if this is the weather or the Hot Rox. I'm taking one twice a day to start. I slept terribly badly (despite a 9 hour gap between my second Hot Rox and bedtime) though I'm not sure if the supplement was to blame. My body temp definitely feels a lot higher than normal though as I tend to run cold most of the time (uncomfortably so when I was IFing). Even when I wasn't IFing I had cold extremities and got to the point I was worried I had Raynauds as my fingers would tingle sometimes. Today my hands feel quite hot.

Mike ODonnell
04-22-2008, 06:01 AM
I don't care for protein drinks much, so wouldn't want to stay on them for very long.

Ok you do know what the V-diet is right? Just checking.

As for all the other stuff, yes I would say that eating once a day is a bad way to go 100% of the time...and that you probably were very low on calories. Most people successful on IF have several meals over a timeframe of 8 or so hours. Also it's not about starving yourself, as you do need calories. Being cold is a sign of hypothyroidism which is going to happen in fasting and under calorie situations.

I understand the training at night thing....what kind of training are you doing? I wouldn't sweat the whole pwo meal importance if weight loss is your goal, a standard small paleo meal would do just fine. Things like dried fruit should be avoided as that is just concentrated sugar.

All in all, good luck with whatever path you decide to choose and always feel free to ask any questions along the way.

Cal Jones
04-22-2008, 07:50 AM
Hee hee, yes. I look at this as a protein fast, which is essentially what it is. The shakes aren't particularly nice (they actually taste sort of OK, but it's the aftertaste I dislike) but I'll stick with them as it gives me a break from food, which I think will do me so good. I can obsess over food easily - I have a past of disordered eating (particularly my teens and 20s...less so my more sensible 30s) so any diet which requires a lot of thinking, weighing, measuring or counting grams and calories is not going to be a good thing for me mentally. V-Diet is simple, brutal and, hopefully, effective, so it's what I need right now. Once I stop, and also return from my holiday, then I'll go back to a mainly hunter-gatherer diet, which I think is likely the healthiest thing for me.

Exercise-wise, I have been doing mainly CF-style training. I started just over a year ago and followed the WODs quite slavishly, but then broke down and burned out. I have a few old injuries from my past and I also overtrain quite easily and the 3 on 1 off schedule was too much. I got sick a lot (in fact my immune system is still recovering - had my bloods done recently and the white cell count is still a bit lower than it should be, though I feel a lot better now). I was working mainly on strength just before Christmas, then got bronchitis and lost some ground. I'm working my way back now but want to add in more metcons again to burn fat. I also do some running, because I enjoy it (though I'm definitely a plodder). I run outdoors in nice surroundings and I find it meditative. This is usually once or twice a week, typically 3-4 miles, occassionally 6 miles (I actually have my first 10k race on Sunday) - my knees start to complain if I run too far or too often, and I'm conscious I don't want to put myself into a catabolic state. Sometimes I will run intervals or do hill sprints, though.

Cal Jones
04-22-2008, 02:58 PM
Today, I choked down four shakes (2 scoops each), 2 Hot Rox and 5 fish oil caps.
I felt the need to do some metcon so workout was:

1000m row
5 rounds of:
20 OHS with a 5kg body bar
20 press-ups
20 leg raises
1000m row

Got pretty hot doing that. The weather has got warmer, it's not just me...though I think the Hot Rox have boosted my temperature a bit. My hands are normally cold (unless it's actually hot outside) but since starting this I've been almost uncomfortably warm all day.
After last night's poor sleep I'm very tired now and heading to bed....

Allen Yeh
04-22-2008, 04:46 PM
Are you doing the flax, natural nut butter and fiber tablets as well?

Mike ODonnell
04-22-2008, 04:57 PM
I was just wondering...how much money has Tnation made off this thread?

Cal Jones
04-22-2008, 10:28 PM
None! I got my supplements from a company in the UK called Elite Supplements.
And not yet, Alan...I forgot to pick up any flax but will do so this weekend. I haven't bought any fibre tablets either but so far I've not needed them... :o

Cal Jones
04-23-2008, 10:16 PM
Just starting Day 4.

Day 3 was as before.
My abs were killing me from Tuesday's workout. Did some heavy benching followed by three sets of dips.
My throat felt scratchy.

This morning I have a full-on, painful sore throat. Surely I'm not getting yet another cold? I'm sick of this. Great timing what with my first ever 10K (race that is, I've run that distance enough times on my own) due on Sunday. Not good. Not good at all.
Will have to take a rest day.

Slept fine last night so will increase my Hot Rox dosage to 2x2.

Cal Jones
04-25-2008, 01:41 AM
My throat feels like sandpaper. I've stayed home from work and Sunday's 10K looks most unlikely.
However, I am down half an inch on my waist, hips and thigh (well, I have two legs...but only took the measurement from one). I don't know how much weight, if any, I have lost, but a loss in inches is always a good thing.

Cal Jones
04-26-2008, 11:14 PM
I've spent the last two days cooped up in my flat with this cold. It's a pretty bad one. Even now, on Sunday, my head is full of snot and I feel grotty. I won't be able to do the 10K run.

Still, I've stuck to my guns, or rather, my shakes. Though I am growing to loathe the taste of them, no other food has passed my lips for a week.
I've not weighed myself (the scale I used is at the gym and it seems unlikely I will head there today) but my waist is down to 27.5 and my hips to 39.5. There is a lot of work to do, however. It takes me an age to lose fat from below the belt and I don't think I'll ever be able to wear a bikini. But if I can fit comfortably into all my trousers and jeans, then I'll have achieved something.

I must admit I've not had as many shakes as I'm supposed to - on Friday I managed only two because of my sore throat, and yesterday I managed three. I will make more effort today.

There's a possibility I will see my boyfriend tomorrow - if so I'll use that opportunity to have my first solid meal in a week. I'm fantasising about broccoli and chicken. Anything savoury, in fact! The shakes are very unappetising and artificial and I feel I have to choke them down rather than enjoying them. It's really not the same as drinking the peanut butter shakes at Ed's Diner...

I am looking forward to getting back in the gym again but I can't hurry myself. With my poor immune system, I need to give it a good chance to recover before I push it again.

Gittit Shwartz
04-27-2008, 12:22 AM
...I don't think I'll ever be able to wear a bikini.
I thought so too, but the V-diet solved that problem for me last October. I could hardly believe that was me in the mirror... Hang in there!
If you really think you have a problem there you could look into some yohimbine cream. Also, if you didn't already know, Poliquin's Biosignature Modulation has an interesting explanation (estrogen imbalance).

Cal Jones
04-28-2008, 01:28 AM
That's encouraging to hear, Gittit, but I'm a little more pessimistic. I have several contributing issues to deal with. First is my build. I'm a natural pear shape - it's only the fact I've been lifting weights for 20 years that has broadened my shoulders so that I look somewhat in proportion. Had I never entered a gym I'd resemble a bowling pin.

Second, which goes along with that, is that I'm genetically predisposed to cellulite. There, I said the "c" word! My mother had it (well, has it I guess...she's old now though) and I've had it since my teens. I'm approaching 41 now and the fact I am losing collagen, and have a sedentary job (and also like to play computer games which also involves a lot of sitting...) has made things worse. If I put my hand on my thigh and pull the skin up, the dimples disappear, so I suspect if I had a thigh and butt lift that would solve some of the problem. However, I'm not keen on the idea of invasive surgical procedures and if I'm going to get something lifted it'll be my face, which everyone sees, rather than my thighs, which only myself and my fella sees (and let's face it, by the time a man gets your clothes off, he's just grateful :p ).

I'll keep at it, anyway, and hope something can change. The main reason I started this was so that I could fit into my clothes, which were all too tight. If I can have them all fitting better in time for my holiday, that's the main thing.

Cal Jones
04-29-2008, 05:13 AM
Day 9.

My boyfriend did visit last night and we had a beef teriyaki stir fry with extra broccoli spears. It was delicious (and low cal!)
Back to shakes today, although I will have those teeny cans of tuna instead in the evenings.

I am still off work (will go back tomorrow) but did go to the gym just to get out of this flat because I'm sick of being cooped up in here. I did a very slow paced full body workout - weights within my range, and plenty of recovery time. My heart hammered pretty hard after each set so my body still knows it's sick, though it is better than it was.

My main reason for going, though, was to use the scales. I am very happy to report that I am down to 10 stone 9 (149lbs/67.9kg) - a loss of five pounds. Already I look better, but there is still much to do. Fortunately I don't have any cravings for rubbish food (yet!)

Cal Jones
05-01-2008, 07:31 AM
Back at work for two days now. Last night's workout was a 400m walking lunch (treadmill, 1%). Thighs sore today!
Still sticking to the diet - running out of powder though. I'm surprised how fast I get through it. Need to run out and buy more quickly so may have to go with another brand as I'm not sure I can get this stuff delivered in time. We shall see.

Allen Yeh
05-01-2008, 09:42 AM
Good work!

Cal Jones
05-03-2008, 03:33 AM
Thanks Allen. :)

Thursday was a rest day. Friday I intended to train but I was down to the dregs of my protein powder so had to ration myself (I never thought I'd get through two tubs of Metabolic Drive in less than two weeks) and felt too tired to train. I have more on order but had to run out last night and pick up some generic protein brand (a basic vanilla whey isolate with no aspartame) to keep me going until the new stuff arrives.
Felt very weak this morning (partly from lack of cals and partly from my cold) so I didn't push myself in the gym too hard.

Still, results are encouraging:

Weight: 10 stone 6 (146lbs/66.something kg - sorry forgot)
Chest: 36" (relaxed
Waist: 27"
Hips: 39"

I'm concerned about loose skin as dumping 8lbs in just under two weeks seems fast. My midsection does look more defined but the skin isn't tight. Given I'm 40 (41 next month) this bothers me. I don't want to be needing surgery to make my skin fit properly.
If any other ladies of similar age have lost weight like this, I'd be interested for your feedback.

Cal Jones
05-06-2008, 05:55 AM
Week 3

I can't say I'm on strict V-Diet any more, though things are still moving in the right direction. I ran out of Low Carb Grow (or Metabolic Drive) so ordered more, which will arrive tomorrow, and got some regular protein powder. It actually tastes better (less nasty sweetener aftertaste) but doesn't mix as well, and doesn't seem to give me as much energy.

Three day weekend for me. Saturday described above. Sunday I rested. Now the problem is, when I am at work, I have access to ice, so I just go down to the kitchen, mix some powder and water, throw in a few ice cubes and I have a palatable beverage. At home I don't have ice (my flat is small - I have a tiny fridge with a tiny ice box that is already full of other food) so have to remember to leave a glass of water in the fridge. And I often forget. Whenever I forget I eat a mini can of tuna and a blob of pesto instead. I like pesto and it gives me some good fats and makes the tuna taste better.

In the evenings on Saturday, Sunday and last night I also had a meal of spring greens and beef. Just felt I needed it. I tried to go for a run on Monday and got just over a mile in and realised my tank was completely empty. Normally I run 3 miles with no problem, but I had to turn around and go home. I don't know if this because I'm still getting over a nasty cold (it's all gone now but I'm tired), or the fact my diet contains almost no carbs, but I was slayed.

I am going to attempt the gym tonight but I won't push too hard. Just some weights, no metcon. As long as I losing weight, I'm reasonably content - my holiday is in just under 4 weeks so I've enough time to drop some more.
More Lo Carb Grow arrive tomorrow so may do a few more all V-Diet days, no tuna, but the taste of that stuff is pretty vile.

Cal Jones
05-09-2008, 02:13 AM
I've been lacking energy the last few days. I notice my heart seems to be beating harder when I do anything strenuous. I'm not unduly concerned as I've read (somewhere on this forum) that this can happen with low carb diets, but it is rather putting the kybosh on any kind of metcon or harder workouts. At the moment I'm just doing a basic lifting routine with plenty of rest between sets.
I'll also say that vanilla Metabolic Drive (Low Carb Grow) is just as foul as chocolate. It's the sweeteners. Augh! The whey isolate I bought as a stop gap last weekend, though hardly a gastronomic delight, tastes a hell of a lot better. I'm wondering if I should just buy that in future - however I felt a lot better when I was on the Metbolic Drive in terms of energy.
One side effect of this diet is that I've really lost my lust for food. I am eating solid food but usually it's just a small can of tuna (eaten straight from the can with a fork) and a blob of pesto sauce for flavour.
I've just been through PMS and haven't had the huge food (mainly carb) cravings I normally get. It's like I don't really care about eating any more. For me, a former compulsive eater, that's really quite bizarre.
I've also successfully kicked my 40 stick a day chewing gum habit. I hardly think about gum now. Given the amount I used to get through, that is quite something.
My waist is down to 26.5 inches. Hips are still 39. The joys of being a pear! I look better, though, which is the whole point.

Cal Jones
05-10-2008, 03:51 AM
10 stone 5 (145lbs) today. A much smaller loss but it's still heading in the right direction. If only I had more energy but my sleep is really poor, and the weather is also muggy.
I bought a steak for dinner. Thought I needed the iron, maybe.

Gym was OK. I was going to do a spot of deadlifting but I'd not taken my chalk and my hands kept slipping off the bar so I didn't try more than 80kg. Did a couple of sets of clean and press then some bench pressing. I did a single with 70kg, using a spotter. If I went from a complete standstill at the bottom then I'd have been hard pressed to shift it, but I'm still happy with my progress. No shoulder pain, which is the main thing.
Finished with a couple of sets of dips and gravitron pull-ups.

Problem I'm having is I'm so carb-depleted that it takes my heart ages to slow after a set, and anything involving overhead movement really takes it out of me. I get quite light headed so I really have to pace myself. My stamina is shot to hell, but the strength is still there, at least.

I tried on the clothes that had got too tight, and they all fit now. I still have more fat than I'd like but I'm back to around where I'd like to be. I'll keep going though, and see where that gets me. Likelihood is my theme park holiday will put me back some - hard to avoid crappy food under those circumstances - but as long as it's just a couple of pounds and not half a stone, I'm cool with that. Three weeks to go.

Allen Yeh
05-10-2008, 04:36 AM
I know it doesn't sound cool, but can;t you bring shake stuff with you? When we would get ready to go to the mall my wife and I would both have 2 shakes ready, one right before we left and one to have at the mall when everyone else was eating.

Tirzah Harper
05-10-2008, 05:12 AM
FWIW I ended up eating mostly "puddings" because I didn't really care for the shake texture. I'd just mix in enough water to make it thick and spoonable and then eat. No ice needed that way.

Cal Jones
05-10-2008, 09:21 AM
Allen - it's not at all practical. It'll take up a huge amount of luggage room, and we are on a coach for hours most days and a different hotel every night - lots of late finishes and early starts. I likely won't have access to drinkable water (I don't consider American hotel room water drinkable - it tastes like swimming pools. Blech).
Besides, I'm losing weight for the holiday...once I'm there I want to be able to have a nice meal or two and the odd ice cream. I'll stay well away from stuff like funnel cakes though. :eek:

Tirzah - yeah I've done the "pudding" thing too though Low Carb Grow is foul however you mix it. It's just the taste of the sweeteners.

Cal Jones
05-13-2008, 08:47 AM
At work yesterday, then hit the gym for 400m of lunges on a treadmill. Protein shakes during the day; can of tuna over watercress and rocket for dinner.

I did not sleep at all well last night and feel extremely tired today though I'm due to lift some weights this evening. Hopefully I won't keel over, especially as I forgot to take my Hot Rox.

Cal Jones
05-16-2008, 02:26 AM
Things are going pretty well, still. I went out with friends on Wednesday night so we chose a sushi place. I ate mainly sashimi and vegetables - but I had three little pieces of unagi sushi which is the first starchy carbs I've had in...ages.
Yesterday I was full of energy and hit the gym for some power clean and presses, benches (can easily do 10 reps with 50kg now, and 4-5 with 60kg and a spotter) plus some dips and assisted pull-ups.
My hips and thighs are slowly coming down (the jeans that had become a little tight are now loose) but if I stand under a bright light I can also see signs of a six pack starting to develop.
Only had protein shakes yesterday, which was fine, and probably will today.
Of course, I'm now really concerned about how much progress I'll lose when I go on holiday, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, as they say.

Cal Jones
05-20-2008, 08:20 AM
Progress has slowed. In fact, the scale didn't budge last week. I'm not sure I can eat less than I do at the moment. I certainly can't work out harder - even normal lifting taxes me to the point I worry about greying out.
I did get a 45-50 minute run in this lunchtime and it felt great, so aerobically at least, things seem to be fine...it's just intense stuff I am struggling with.
Less than two weeks until my holiday and I'm still not happy with how I look, although my clothes are now loose and my waist is greatly improved. My sort of problem is not easily fixed, though (at least, not without a surgeon).
Have had to order more Metabolic Drive and Hot Rox. I can't believe how quickly I go through the powder. And there was me thinking it was cheaper than buying groceries!

Cal Jones
05-22-2008, 01:51 AM
Chins and dip last night. I have always struggled with pull-ups but managed 3 dead hang chins in a row, which I'm pleased with.

Sets went something like 3 chins, 12 dips...2 (and a bit) chins, 12 dips...2 chins, 12 dips...1 chin, 10 dips

Then did some benching - 1 x 10 x 50kg, 1 x 6 x 55kg, 1 x 5 x 55kg (obviously these were a bit harder, coming after dips, as I normally do them the other way around).

Very happy with how my pecs are looking and my deltoids are starting to come out nicely. I even have some upper ab definition (under an overhead light). Still got fat on my hips and thighs but not quite as much as before.

3 shakes today, plus 1 large and 1 small can of tuna in the evening with a blob of pesto for taste.

Cal Jones
05-27-2008, 01:29 AM
I am off the diet now, partly because the Metabolic Drive I ordered hasn't arrived, and partly because I'm due to fly on Saturday so need to get my body used to real food again before I go. I ate a LOT of tuna at the weekend (and also some ice cream...coconut and lime. It was good!) I hope I haven't given myself mercury poisoning.
I didn't get to the gym to weigh myself but I don't look much different than last week so can't imagine I weigh any less. The weather was so dreadful I barely went out at all. I did a 3 mile run on Sunday, and the rest of the time made use of my pull-up bar. I can do three chins in a row, not easily, but with reasonable consitancy, so the weight loss has obviously helped. I can do one pull-up, still, though my shoulder problem hampers me (a supine grip is far less stressful than a prone grip, for me) and I don't want to aggravate it, especially now I am back to benching without discomfort.