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mellisaann
Level 2

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 57

Hey thanks so much! I appreciate the feedback. I'm not sure what a pulse fast is, but I'll do some reading on that. You look awesome. I'm sticking with this for the first cycle and will hopefully improve my workouts some too. I love the weight lifting especially. I feel good, maybe a little tired sometimes, but nothing dramatic. I'm looking forward to awesome results....my husband said he can already see a 6 pack...lol, it's only day 3 :)

The V-burn challenge kicked my butt though - I'm rock that next week :)

Thanks again!

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corstijeir
Level 100

Join date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3431

Awesome Job!

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SRT08
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Join date: Aug 2009
Posts: 224

Good work... hadn't seen this before, but very impressed with the change and determination to finish.

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

Thank you both, I appreciate it. A lot of willpower involved......that is for sure!

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accidentalyogi
Level 3

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 194

Great work, and thanks for posting. As someone only on day 2, it's so motivating to read (and see - holy awesome pics) someone's success story!

I'm thinking of doing a similar follow-up to the V-diet, after the transition phase of clean eating 5 days, a more relaxed 6th, then a pulse-fast for the 7th. I'd be interested to hear more about how you're finding it - but I can imagine after 4 weeks of straight shakes, one day/week isn't so bad.

Thanks again for posting, and congratulations on all the hard work - it really looks like it paid off!

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

Accidentalyogi,

Hey, well I have been following your log. Glad to heat that you got your whole class doing the V-burn challenge, that is funny.

The program that I am following (above) seems to be working. Mentally, for me, it is easier to follow a diet like this having one day to splurge. Like you said also......after drinking shakes for a month, one day a week isn't bad at all!! I wouldn't call it drinking shakes though when talking about MAG-10. It is more like drinking juice, lol. I don't know if you have ever ordered MAG-10, but it comes in a canister without flavor and then you add flavoring that comes with it in a separate container. So it basically tastes like juice. It is ok though. It is worth it since I get to eat what I want the day prior. I don't know if this type of plan would work for everyone though. Maybe if someone was very overweight, it would be better to just have a cheat meal, not a cheat day. You aren't overweight though, so I'm sure it would work out fine for you.

If you stay the course on the V-Diet, I am sure that you will have great results! It looks like you don't have much body fat to loose. This is the perfect program for you!

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accidentalyogi
Level 3

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 194

I haven't bought MAG-10 yet - need to first make sure it'll get through the border. But I'm so glad it's been working for you. How cheat-y are your cheat days? I don't think mine will get too bad since I really don't want crap in the house during the week that I have to constantly struggle to avoid (that's how I ended up getting sort of 'stuck' to begin with - if it's around, I'm going to eat it).

Thanks for the support!

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

I didn't realize how hard it was to get certain supplements sent to Canada. Yesterday was the pulse fast day, so today I can eat again. I love Mondays and Saturdays especially. Sundays.....not so much ;)

Well as for the cheat days. I always eat out on cheat days. I do not keep any "crap food" in the house....ever. If something ends up in the house on the cheat day, I throw it out the next day. I have no problem throwing food out, lol.

After you complete the V-diet, I would recommend getting the Precision Nutrition cook books. Hopefully Chris won't be upset with me for promoting Precision Nutrition ;). John Berardi (Precision Nutrition founder, I believe?) also promotes T-Nation and some of his articles are also on T-Nation. I believe that he has also done the V-Diet. Anyway, Precision Nutrition cook books have AT (any time) meals and PW (post workout) meals. Although the recipes on this site are also good, PN just gives you more variety of recipes to choose from as well as nutrition facts.

I hope that you are still doing well on the diet!!

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accidentalyogi
Level 3

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 194

I used to have the PN cookbook, actually. My ex got it in our breakup - but thanks for the reminder! I remember some of the recipes being really awesome!

On day 4 now and still going strong. Had my first (well, half) Surge shake this morning after my first conditioning class and it went down alright, all things considered. I did feel totally buzzed from the sugar after 3 pretty low carb days. Truthfully, I'm loving it. I know it's tough, and I might change my mind, but right now, I just feel it's what I need to get back on track.

Keep up the good work, and thanks again for all the support!

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

Dude, you have the attitude that I had during the diet. You are going to do great. You seem like the type that likes a challenge and doesn't do failure. Failure is not an option....keep it up, you will have great results!!

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accidentalyogi
Level 3

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 194

You nailed it! I love a challenge, and I was just thinking to myself earlier that not going through with this really isn't an option. Seriously - it's 28 days. 42 once you add in the transition weeks. I've done far tougher things for much longer.

Honestly, a huge shoutout goes to Shugart, T-Nation and Biotest for making this so simple. Maybe not easy, but it's such a straight forward system to stick with. The workouts make sense, the shakes taste amazing, and there's really nothing to think about once you've figured out when to time your shakes. Having these logs and Chris being so available to answer questions really helps too.

How are you finding you current diet - are you still seeing weight loss, or mostly just maintenance?

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

You have a great outlook....a lot like mine. You probably succeed in everything you do. So....you will succeed in this as well. Yes, big kudos to Chris, that is for sure!!! This diet is easy and straight forward. That is why I loved doing it. It is so much harder continuing to lose fat while eating regular food for every meal.

I have been doing a training program that my husband came up with for me, he is a CSCS. So, I have been doing a lot of powerlifting. i have a PB every week, so it is going well. I tend to only eat carbs around a workout (lifting). So, that has been working for me, in staying lean. I know I don't have the most optimal eating plan, but it seems to be working.

I am wondering if the MAG-10 pulse fasts are actually helping, or hindering. I will have to ask Chris to see what me thinks. I am 36, and my goal is just to stay lean and get stronger. I belong to a gym, but am thinking about joining a new crossfit gym in my area. I am not into the "cross fit" thing......I basically do crossfit for my HIIT, but I would never say that I am a cross fitter. That is for sure ;)

Anyway, good job in your progress. You will have ups and downs, but no matter what.......do not quit!!!!!

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accidentalyogi
Level 3

Join date: Jan 2013
Posts: 194

Thanks for the kind words! Reading your thread and knowing you not only did the diet once with great results, but also went back and did it again is so helpful!

Yesterday was a bit of a down, but today I was definitely back up. No different from normal life except that I'm not eating my feelings!

I hope you figure out what works best for you soon with the Pulse Fasts, etc! I lift at a sport specific training gym for my morning workouts - something I didn't want to give up for the month so I just rigged my shakes around it so I could do those and still do the V-Training program in the afternoon. I love the atmosphere, being pushed, challenged, and coached despite being a trainer myself, so I get what you're saying! Find a space that makes you happy, drives you forward, and supports your goals. Doesn't matter what it's called just as long as it works for you. I'm by far not a fan of Cross Fit for plenty of reasons, but at the same time, it's just my opinion. They've come a long-ish way from where they started and they do serve a purpose in some communities. What I'd say, though, is to look into other sport-specific training facilities in the area - you might be surprised by what you find!

Keep rocking on!!

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bdiddy5522
Level 5

Join date: Mar 2011
Posts: 212

Very nice job! I completed the V diet a couple years ago. I had some spare time, so I thought I would check back in here and see how people are doing with the V diet. Your results are great. Congrats on your success.

I have not done the V diet again since I completed it in April of 2011. I haven't felt the need. I have stuck to a carb cycling, intermittent fasting diet since then. Done some cycles of Indigo 3G, MAG-10, etc. Basically, I am my own guinea pig. :)

Anyways, just wanted to congratulate you on your success. Very good motivation for people that may just be starting out with this program. Keep rocking, girl.

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Overcome77
Level 5

Join date: Jan 2012
Posts: 47

Hey.....

I just wanted to share a protein pudding that I have for a snack Mon-Fri to take care of my sweet tooth ;) It is great! I can't take credit for the recipe though. I got it from a trainer a few years ago.....

Protein Pudding

1 Scoop chocolate Metabolic Drive
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp dark cocoa powder
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
then just enough unsweetened almond milk

Enjoy!

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