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gbwheeler
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Join date: May 2011
Location: New York, USA
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So my wife and I started yesterday morning. I was a college endurance athlete and found enjoyment in lifting after college. I mostly put on muscle for a couple years going from 205 to around 220. Then, due to a combination of bad nutrition choices and injuries, my weight has crept up to 230+ for the past year. I've decided to stop that in its tracks and see what I can get back down to. The added advantage is that my joints will take less pounding when I play sports. I've experimented with IF a little, but it didn't seem to budge my weight much. I'm hoping the V-diet will do a better job and that I can transition back to IF once I'm happy with my weight.

Starting stats, 3/27
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 232.2
Neck: 16.5
Shoulders: 51.5
Chest Upper: 46
Chest Lower: 41
Waist Largest (Navel): 37.5
Waist (pants): 36.5
Hips Largest: 42.75
Upper Arm L/R: 16.5
Upper Leg L: 26.75
Upper Leg R: 27
Lower Leg L/R: 17.5

I'll try and get some photos uploaded later. As for activity, I "train" my wife in the mornings MWF since she's just learning her way around real lifting. To help it qualify as NEPA, I do lightweight warm-ups with her and do shoulder rehab and dynamic stretching while coaching her. I then do my workouts at night. I'm doing the intermediate program though it will take some time to find my weights. I haven't lifted for a couple months due to throwing my back out front squatting one morning. I now only squat at night and I'll slowly work my weights up while making sure my form is flawless. I'm also subbing pull ups since chins bother my elbow. About 6 months ago, I could bang out a set of 10-12, but I busted my hand and haven't done them in a while.

Workout 1: 20 reps, 4-5RM, 30s rest
Front Squat (135): 7,4,5,4
Pull Up (BW): 5,5,4,3,3
DB Bench (80s): 5,5,4,3,3
Ab Wheel Rollout: 8,6,6
EQI bulg split squat: 90s each (working on stretching hip flexors)

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gbwheeler
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Day 2:
NEPA 1, 7am: Treadmill 30 min at 4mph, 2 deg incline
NEPA 2, 6pm: Walked fast outside 25-40 min

Shakes on as planned. I added a BCAA product I have to the shakes since I didn't realize Leucine didn't come with the V-diet and would prefer to keep as much muscle as possible.

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gbwheeler
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Day 3: Yesterday was the hardest day I've had. I'm generally not very hungry on the shakes, but I had my 3rd shake at 3pm and was planning on heading home to lift when I was offered free Knicks tickets. So I went to that at 7pm and had to not eat free bacon-wrapped shrimp, sushi, and beer. By the time I got home at 10pm, I was starving! But I made it, so that was a good test. I had shake #5 which is my largest of the day plus I added the flax/greens from shake #4.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get my workout in, so I'll do it today.

Day 4:

NEPA: Played 1 hour of tennis. This was the first time I've felt low on energy since starting. I played on an empty stomach and HOT-ROX. After about 45 minutes of playing at the baseline, I had to ease up and just hit volleys.

Shakes are on schedule. I will say one thing, all the food around me, whatever it is, smells DELICIOUS. It's like someone swapped my nose with a beagle's.

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gbwheeler
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Day 4 Cont: Thurs 3/29

NEPA: Walked home from Dr office, 2.7 miles.

Workout 2: 40 reps, 8-9RM, 45s rest
Rev Lunge (60): 9,7,7,7,5,5
DB Bent Over Rows (80): 8,8,6,6,6,6
Push Press (110): 8,7,5,5,5,5,5
BB Curl: N/A
Rev Crunch: 12,8,8,6,6

I will up the Rev Lunge weight next week. I have had anterior knee pain in my right leg for a couple years, so I wanted to slow down the motion and emphasize proper hip/posterior engagement. That said, I thought the Rev Lunge and the Push Press were just as challenging aerobically as muscularly. I also made the mistake of using a non-rotating bar with the push press which chewed my hands up nicely.

Shakes went as planned though I was really tired after the workout.

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gbwheeler
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Day 5, Fri 3/30

NEPA: 2.4 miles, walk to/from work and appt. Long hours today at the office, so not a lot of activity.

Shakes as planned. The wife had to take today off from the diet. She was lying at the floor at her office last night due to an upset stomach. I've seen from the logs that some people have the same response. I wonder if there's something in common? I've felt nauseous a couple times, but it usually passes pretty quickly. I've also had the occasional headache, which I never get, and felt a cold coming on, but I assume my immune system would take a dip when faced with consistent restricted calories. In any case, she might try again on Monday, but she's just eating very healthy until then. I'm in it to win it, so I'll continue as planned.

I won't weigh myself or take photos until Monday, but I do look leaner. Oh and I am REALLY looking forward to my HSM and a glass of wine (or two).

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GregManzo
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have your wife stop the flax and see if that helps.

good job so far, keep it up!

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gbwheeler
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GregManzo wrote:
have your wife stop the flax and see if that helps.

good job so far, keep it up!


I'll give that a shot. Thanks.

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gbwheeler
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Day 6, Sat 3/31

Workout 3: 40 reps, 8-9RM, 45s rest
DL (225): 9,6,5,5,5,5,5,
Decline Press (135): 9,9,8,7,7
Pull Up: BWx5,5; 140x8,6,6,5,5
Hand Walkout: Feet x 5, Knees x5, RKC Planks 20sx3

I haven't DL'd in a couple months due to grip pain in my right hand. I took two months off and the pain didn't change, so I figured eff it. In the DL, I found I was running out of air before I was running out of muscular strength, but I'd rather take that slowly than get sloppy and hurt myself. I will definitely take the Decline weight up next time. Foolishly tried pull-ups since I can usually knock out 10 when fresh, but not neutral grip, and definitely not on restricted calories after DL's. The walkouts were hurting my elbows which didn't seem right, so I did some Pavel-style planks.

Shakes are on par thus for the day. I'm having my 3 soon and then going out for dinner at 7:30, which I'm stoked for. Oh and I tried the Surge Recovery "Original" flavor just now. If you guys are looking to rename it, try Coconut Ass. That stuff is terrible. I can pretty much chug anything down, but wow.

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paula_h65
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gbwheeler wrote:
Day 6, Sat 3/31

W. Oh and I tried the Surge Recovery "Original" flavor just now. If you guys are looking to rename it, try Coconut Ass. That stuff is terrible. I can pretty much chug anything down, but wow.


hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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thevikingscot
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I didn't mind the coconut ass flavored Surge. The raspberry ass flavor is better, but all in all, much better than non-chocolate MD.

Keep it up!

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gbwheeler
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Day 6: HSM

My HSM was delicious! We went out with friends before a birthday party. I had a shake about 2 hours prior and then just ate what I wanted. Most of it was healthy, some of it was not, but I became full pretty quickly. I had the roast chicken with ramps and sunchokes.

As an appetizer, there were oysters, scotch eggs (decidedly not healthy), pate, and razor clams split between us all. On top of that, I had 3 beers and one cocktail. So probably not COMPLETELY H, but I feel like I'm making good progress.

Day 7, Sun 4/2
Ah core soreness. I think I was bracing properly for my DLs because my entire "girdle" was sore in a good way. And my upper back was sore as well, so I'm keeping it tight. As I mentioned, I've done some IF in the past, so after my HSM last night, I decided to fast until I got hungry on Sunday, which ended up being around 2pm.

So I had my 3 scoop breakfast then, another 2 scoop at 5, and then a 3 scoop with nut butter at 9:30 for dinner. I also had two beers with the wife who's been having a hellish week at the office.

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gbwheeler
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Day 8, Mon 4/2

I only had time to weigh in this AM and I'll measure/photo update this evening. 226.2 so I'm down 6 lbs. I'd honestly be completely shocked if that's all legit fat-weight, but since I only realistically expect to lose 15 lbs at the most, I'm perfectly content. I definitely feel leaner.

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paula_h65
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gbwheeler wrote:
Day 8, Mon 4/2

I only had time to weigh in this AM and I'll measure/photo update this evening. 226.2 so I'm down 6 lbs. I'd honestly be completely shocked if that's all legit fat-weight, but since I only realistically expect to lose 15 lbs at the most, I'm perfectly content. I definitely feel leaner.

it may be all fat... this is a very high protein diet. I'm going to get the guy at the gym to do my body fat again and see what it says. Great Job for you and I hope your wife is feeling better. I had a day or two of blinding gas. I cut down the flax and got some gas-x and they both helped. as for your headaches, are you a caffeine junkie like I was, if you stop having the same amount of it, it can cause headaches; also there has been a crappy cold/flu floating about and that could have made you sick as well.

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gbwheeler
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paula_h65 wrote:

it may be all fat... this is a very high protein diet. I'm going to get the guy at the gym to do my body fat again and see what it says. Great Job for you and I hope your wife is feeling better. I had a day or two of blinding gas. I cut down the flax and got some gas-x and they both helped. as for your headaches, are you a caffeine junkie like I was, if you stop having the same amount of it, it can cause headaches; also there has been a crappy cold/flu floating about and that could have made you sick as well.


I sure hope it's all fat! The wife is feeling better. She's probably going to try a V-light type diet and see how it goes. She honestly doesn't have much to lose, but thought she'd give it a go since I was.

I usually have a cup of coffee in the AM, but I've been taking HOT-ROX and then having a green tea in the early PM, so I doubt it's caffeine withdrawal. In any case, it's totally manageable and infrequent. I've just noticed that when I was reading some logs, a fair amount of people seemed to end up sick. Who knows. Anecdotal evidence.

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paula_h65
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[quote]gbwheeler wrote:
[quote]paula_h65 wrote:
. I've just noticed that when I was reading some logs, a fair amount of people seemed to end up sick. Who knows. Anecdotal evidence.[/quote]

I ended up with a crappy cold for a few days, but It has been running like wild fire at work.

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gbwheeler
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Day 8, Mon 4/2

NEPA: 3.8 miles, .7 miles in AM, 3.1 in pm

Measurements:
Waist largest (navel): 37, -.5
Waist pants: 35.75, -.75

Happy with the results. I didn't really measure anything else, since I'm not particularly focused on anything else. I'll measure everything at the two week point.

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gbwheeler
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Day 9, Tues 4/3

NEPA: 3.8 miles

Workout 1: 20 reps, 4-5RM, 25s rest
Front Squat (155): 5,5,3,2,2,3
Pull Up: +25 x5,4,2.5 BW x3,2,2.5,1
DB Bench (80s): 5,5,3,3,2,2
Ab Wheel Rollout: 10,7,3
KB Windmill (25): 7,7 per side

Felt good today. I skipped the workout yesterday since I just felt tired when I got home. So, I'm a day behind, but I can hopefully make it up this week.

Shakes on schedule for the day. Hunger not a problem. I've been having my morning shake at 8:30, 2nd around 1, 3rd around 4:30, and then 8 and 10:30 for the last two.

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thevikingscot
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gbwheeler wrote:

I've just noticed that when I was reading some logs, a fair amount of people seemed to end up sick. Who knows. Anecdotal evidence.



You could be onto something. I definitely got sick. I wasn't the only one at work to get it.... but a new diet and a lot of changes can cause an immune system dip. Perhaps others, like me, don't have a lot of free time either and end up cutting sleep short, adding to the stress. After all, I don't think any of us have unlimited time to manage our training and diet.

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blake2616
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I am with you about only being concerned with measurements around the waist area. The belt is my preferred measuring device.

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gbwheeler
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Day 10, Weds 4/4

I was all good on shakes through number 3, but I had client drinks after work and slipped up there. I had two glasses of red, a lobster roll, and 5 steak bites. What can I say? It was free and at Smith

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gbwheeler
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Does anyone else get almost instant acid reflux from taking HOT-ROX on an empty stomach?

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paula_h65
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gbwheeler wrote:
Does anyone else get almost instant acid reflux from taking HOT-ROX on an empty stomach?

Nope, but if I don't focus on getting my ass out the door, I will find a bunch of little things to do at home... almost like I'm stuck because washing this one dish, then re-folding the towels is important to do RIGHT NOW hahahaha

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