I’m on a diet for the first time in my life. This is my post #2 of my record of the journey to reclaim my dream of a truly in shape physique. I highly recommend you start at the beginning if you want to dig into why I’m doing this even though my strength sport of choice is powerlifting not bodybuilding or physique.
The first week of the eating plan was rough. I fired off an email to Nate King, the owner of The Grit House because I was having trouble adjusting to the sheer volume of food he’d outlined for me to eat. Here’s the text of our email exchange:
On Jun 5, 2016 6:32 PM, “Grit House” wrote:
Hey John. This is your initial plan that I want you to eat for the
next 2 weeks. We will use this to establish a baseline for your
caloric needs. Once we know what you need for optimal performance we
will add additional food choices into your plan. Please stay as
consistent as you can with this and try not to waiver off of the plan.
The better you adhere to what we have here the easier it is to dial
you in. I am fine with coffee and teas as long as you don’t pass two
cups a day. Look this plan over and let me know if it is something
you can stick with. I tried to incorporate your food likes as much as
possible but the majority of your items contain fried items. We may
need to do some tweaking on this plan but I feel its a good place to
start. Pay extra attention to how you feel while eating these foods.
If you feel tired, bloated or hungry then let me know. The goal here
is to perform at a higher level while leaning out the body. If you
have any questions please ask.
On Jun 8, 2016 8:41 AM, “John Greaves III” wrote:
Ok here’s the verdict about my first full day (yesterday)
1. I had trouble finishing all of the food. I felt stuffed most of the day and actually had to divide my pre workout meal in half. Half before, half post workout. Then I waited thirty minutes and had my post workout.
2. I absolutely hate rice krispy treats. Is a cup of sweet tea or a bowl of cereal with honey an acceptable alternative?
3. Bowel movements are regular but I still felt stuffed all day.
4. I had energy for the workout but I’m not due to take caffeine until I am two weeks out.
5. Bodyweight was 205 first thing this morning and 208 last night after training. (I weigh in on Friday July 15.)
On Jun 8, 2016 8:51 AM, “Grit House” wrote:
Thanks for the update. Feeling full and having trouble finishing the food is common at this point. Your metabolism is slow. What we need to see is whether or not you gain or lose weight with this volume. You can substitute cheerios for your rice treats. I prefer Almond milk if you have to use milk. I would not put honey in it. Others foods can be added once we know where you need to be.
In any case, I stuck it out and when I weighed in on Sunday, June 12 the scale showed 200. My scale is a pound heavy so that means, I’m 199lbs. Good start.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Height: 5’9 Age 42
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