Confessions of a stim junkie - sponsored Reset AD log
- 06-21-2007, 02:13 PM
Confessions of a stim junkie - sponsored Reset AD log
Just to give you some background, I'm a software engineer, and have been in the industry working for companies that sell their software for more than 10 years. Multiple pots of coffee a day are the norm, trying to maintain focus and concentration (and heck even just stay awake staring at lines of code). Prior to that I was in convenience store management, and means 12-14 hour days, often covering midnight shifts for employees who don't show.
I can't recall a day where you wouldn't have been able to measure my caffeine intake in grams. 3 Monster lo carbs or Rockstar sugar frees a day are a part of my normal routine to just stay awake. Ephedrine minithins used to be my friend. Even in terms of weightlifting supps, the boost from 1 1/2 scoops of NO-Shotgun only lasts 15 minutes or so.
So here I am trying to get cut, get my weight in general under control, and start gaining muscle mass. I'm screwed. The levels of anything stimwise I have to take to notice them are nearly at reckless doses. I started the "coffee with musclemilk" thread, to see if that seemed reasonable to do on top of all the other stims...
But Palo Alto Labs has the solution, Reset AD. Its meant to reset your glandular systems responses to stims. Sounds exactly like what I needed, and have needed for a looooong time. Particularly now, I'm in week 6 of the 12 week Body For Life challenge, and I'm a little below my target for this point. I could really use stims working again, to help shed the pounds and give me that boost in the gym. Palo Alto was looking for loggers and so the timing is perfect!
The bottle + label are nice and professional, and the cap is childproof. I wish more supps had child proof caps. The dosing instructions say 1 in the morning, 1 afternoon but for extreme adrenal fatigue take up to 3 total a day. I'll need to get Palo Alto's input on what timing for 3, but I believe thats what I'll need to go with.
As far as this log goes, I'm going to try to keep it relegated to a discussion of how stims are working for me, and any other feelings that go along those lines (headaches, that fuzzy goose pimples feeling, "medicine head", etc). My other logs have all the fun workout information if you want to see just how psycho I am. For quick recap at the beginning here
- I'm doing approx 1300 calories a day in food intake, at 85% protein, 15% fat, trace carbs
- I'm doing 1000 calories of excersize total - strength + cardio, measured by heart rate monitor mornings 6 days a week, and another 300-350 evenings 6 days a week
- Stim wise I take in 3 energy drinks a day, approx 48-64 oz of coffee, workout days 1 1/2 scoops of NO-Shotgun, plus 4 caps of Shred-XS split as 2/2. Due to allergies, I also occasionally take ephedrine or psuedoephedrine allergy meds as needed, not regularly. Actually, theres probably more stims in something else I take too, I just can't recall.
- I sleep about 5-6 fitfull hours a night, in 1 1/2 to 2 hour chunks
- I'm trying to reach a single digit BF (10% would be ok) by Aug 6, currently at approx 21-22%. I don't care whether its by adding muscle, loosing fat, or something in the middle, I just want definition. Really its about the 12 week transformation...
Thats me. And I just popped my first Reset AD, coincidentally washing it down with a Monster Energy Low Carb. Hopefully it doesn't create a black hole I'll try and add new entries daily!Animis Rep
- 06-21-2007, 02:27 PM
Damn man... you are a stim junkie!!!
Dosing: 1 am, 1 in the afternoon, 1 in the evening.
Just so we are on the same page, this will HELP, but it will not be the cureall in a situation such as yours. Hopefully it will quickly lower some of your tolerance so you can start to taper down the dosing of stims.
1300 cals a day and no carbs????? no wonder you need stims.. id be a zombie at that rate. do you carb up or cheat, or is this constant?
06-21-2007, 02:34 PM
Yeh...holy hell with the stim abuse...your DEF the perfect canidate. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
06-21-2007, 02:48 PM
Actually my energy isn't particularly lower when i'm on restricted carbs, oddly enough. I do carb up one day a week, but its still all complex carbs, and probably even that one day its lower than most people on this boards daily intake (100-150g kind of range). I've been maintaining this since February :P but i've lost about 40 pounds of fat in that time.
06-21-2007, 03:54 PM
06-21-2007, 04:15 PM
Part of it as well is to also try and maximize results during my body for life challenge, so just a little over 6 weeks left. I think the Reset AD is going to help a lot, whether its just getting the stims to work again at all, or make them closer to how they should be working.
As a general update, I definitely noticed that first Reset AD not sure whether it was downing it with the monster energy in general, or maybe the carbonation, but its now 2 hrs later and i'm still tingly in the scalp and have had that nervous jittery style energy i haven't seen in a loooooooong time. The only other stim I took in that time span was the Shred-XS. I can't wait to see how it works out tomorrow pre-workout. That will be a completely empty stomach dose. I think i'll just do a 1 scoop of the NO-Shotgun too, just to be safe
06-21-2007, 05:37 PM
Someone actually knows hot to spell 'a lot'.
Anywhooo, whatever works for you. I couldn't do 1300kcal a day. I would probably store more fat and loose LBM. That is why I ask.
Good luck with the challenge. Also, I love taking my Reset with Poseidon.
06-22-2007, 10:23 AM
Is this how the rest of you feel?
just got back from upper body workout. Wheeeeooooo. I only took 1 scoop of NO-Shotgun too, to be on the safe side vs my normal 1 1/2 scoops. The only other change was that I threw 5g of regular creatine monohydrate into my protein mix that I drink during the workout, so no real change other than the Reset AD and lowering the no shotgun dose.
Damn. I got dizzy towards the tail end of bench presses (which is the first excersize I do). I was exerting myself so hard. The last rep of the last set was astounding. I raised weights on at least 1 set in everything, and on all sets for a few excersizes. It was completely nuts. What was really interesting was that my heart rate stayed in its normal ranges for the strength portion (bounces from 120-170) and the recovery rate was normal too.
Pretty well took it out of me though, that hard of an upper body workout, and I had to struggle to complete the 1000 calories for the morning in cardio. That plus I think the evening Body Sculpting With Gilad sessions are leaving my legs a little overworked. Either way, I sacked up and made it through it. Boy was I happy when the watch ticked over 1000 cals.
Really liking Reset AD so far, its made a noticeable difference in less than 24 hours, which is freaky to me. One question I have though is life of effects. If someone takes Reset AD for a given length of time with no stims, is there a permanent reset of the adrenal glands ? Either way, at its pricing its worth me taking daily, it will save me a fortune in energy drinks at 3 a day currently, cheapest are cases of Monster Energy at sams club for $24, so $3 a day, and Reset AD is less than half that.
06-22-2007, 02:28 PM
Damn man... u burn 1000 calories in cardio
and youre eating 1300 a day? yikes!!!! i guess as long as it works for you, then i wont question it!!
GREAT to hear youre having progress ALREADY!!!!
06-22-2007, 02:34 PM
thank god I have a jacuzzi bathtub.
So does the desensitizing stick with you after stopping taking Reset AD ? At least for a while?
06-22-2007, 02:40 PM
As your adrenals are repaired, they will eventually be virginal again.
06-22-2007, 11:51 PM
EJ, I just want to applaud you for your resolve man. It is an awesome thing to observe and really inspiring to me. Are you where you want to be? no....but you are REALLY motivated to become what you want to be, and I just want ya to know I see that and its contagious
Anyways, keep up the good work man, and remember the longer you take Reset....try to begin to slowly lower your overall stims...eventually you will be able to get "jacked" on a LOT less.
Right here with you the whole time my friend, and I really do wish you the best
06-24-2007, 12:17 PM
Well, last nite was 960 calories worth of Total Body Sculpting with Gilad (3 episodes) after already having done 1k in the morning. The Reset AD is definitely helping keep the effectiveness of the stims higher, as I feel good and energetic all the time. My total stim intake yesterday finally was below 1g of caffeine I'm tapering it, rather than cut it all at once.
Down to 205 now, loss has restarted, and I think a big part of it is that Reset AD is helping the stims work again. Seems to be a great support tool, regardless of whether you are cutting/recomping or bulking really, as it does make the stims you are taking that much more effective. So for bulking, it would help give something like NO Shotgun give you that much more intensity and focus in the gym, or in this case, its helping the Shred-XS keep my energy level high on a low calorie diet plan.
06-25-2007, 11:20 PM
Nothing too new today, I tried my strength workout without the no-shotgun, and it was good, but by using all my natural concentration up on the strength part I had nothing left for cardio. I hit 620 calories tho, so not all bad. Later in the evening I did another 420, so 1040 cals burned for the day, and today was a light eating day for no particular reason, so i'm good.
06-26-2007, 09:56 PM
Nothing too exciting today either. I am sleeping longer now, and actually making it to being woken up by the alarm clock now rather than being up every hour anyhow and just eventually getting up. Definitely something new for me without me using sleeping meds Today was a 1730 calories in cardio day, i'm going to be using a lot of ben gay + aspercreme tonite :P
06-26-2007, 10:18 PM
Bro since getting on Reset I, too have been noticing serioualy deeper sleep, and wanting to sleep in longer into the morning.
06-28-2007, 08:21 PM
Not much new to report, I'm down to only taking stims as they relate to fat burners, plus maybe 1 energy drink/ 16oz of coffee a day, still same overall energy levels. Just in the cost savings of energy drinks or other stims, Reset AD pays for itself
06-29-2007, 11:10 AM
07-01-2007, 10:16 AM
Quick update - continuing to get some really good sleep last few days. Energy levels are staying pretty high with minimal stims. I think total intake yesterday was a small cup of coffee in the morning (more for its bathroom qualities), plus 2 Shred XS during the day. I might have had a low carb Monster Energy, i can't recall for sure. Still way below my intake of a month ago. Spent the afternoon running around at Adventure Island, Busch Garden's waterpark. I had plenty of energy, was forced to carry my 3 year old around a bunch as she's like that
07-02-2007, 12:23 PM
07-02-2007, 12:38 PM
We keep the platinum passes, gives you entry into all busch + seaworld parks. Our house is under 20 miles from busch so its handy. And the platinum passes give you preferred parking free (right by the handicapped spaces) so there are times where we'll go just for an hour or two in the afternoons.
As an update for today, I decided to try not using the NO shotgun again, but took in a bit of carbs instead pre-workout. I managed to stay even with and slightly increase a couple of weights. So the Reset AD is really helping, and the cumulative effect over time is good too. I think i'm going to leave the no shotgun off for good now. Its the difference between walking into the gym with my heart rate under 70 vs over 90, and i'll take the under 70.
07-04-2007, 09:43 PM
Today was another day without NO-shotgun, and i'm now definitely retiring it officially. Today I hit a PR in standing calf raises, 6@315. Reset AD is definitely letting me cut back bit by bit on stims, and still maintain my energy/drive. At the current rate, i should be able to be pretty well stim free and fully functional within the next month or two. Hard to beleive given where I was just a few weeks ago.
07-04-2007, 09:48 PM
I was curious about this to.. since starting reset ad my sleep has been insane. I have nice vivid dreams and i want to sleep alot longer. Is this a normal side and what is causing it ?
07-04-2007, 10:17 PM
It is for me as well, and seems to be pretty common. I think it is sort of expected. As your adrenals start to get closer to normal functioning, and you take in less stims, it would be easier to sleep.
Stims always have perpetuated that vicious circle - giving you the energy during the day but making it hard to sleep so you aren't rested so you need stims to make it thru the day.
There may be more to it than that, I'm sure a PAL rep will chime in by tomorrow.
07-05-2007, 01:54 PM
'buzzed' all day... then at night, it was impossible to sleep... my internal clock didnt know how or when to slow down and start the sleep process.
Your body sort of relies on taking short 'breaks' throughout the day, while you may not realize it, your mind needs to zone out here and there and unwind... if only USA took an afternoon siesta like its common in Mexico and Latin influenced countries!
My point is, when you are hopped up all day on stimulants, when its time to sleep, your body is beyond exhausted, and your sleep cycle often suffers. CNS stimulants are great, but only when used sparingly.
07-05-2007, 02:05 PM
07-07-2007, 10:42 AM
Short update, dave has been invited (on another thread) to a BBQ and tequila sampling at my house next time he's in tampa (I've got around 6-8 different types of tequila in the house at all times, probably total dollar cost in the $400 range), and Reset AD is my new best friend.
Yesterday was the lightest i've done stimwise in I don't know how long. No coffee in the morning, just the shred-xs as stims all day. Around dinnertime i did have a monster energy low carb, but that was mostly because the turkey I was roasting wasn't ready as early as I had planned and I needed a little bit of something, but wanted to save space for the turkey So that was my only stim intake of the day, a far cry from what I was doing just a few weeks back. Plus workouts have been stable to slightly rising strength wise, which is great given that i'm also loosing 2lbs a week
07-09-2007, 10:59 AM
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